We are a match and I will be capturing your love story. Next on the long to-do list is to plan a date night with you and your love and invite me to capture all the silliness and love. Now is my time as your photographer to understand who you are together. This is also your chance to get to know me and get comfortable with how I shoot. The wedding day will be crunch time, everything will need attention to be perfect and there won't be time for us to chat and get to know each other. Now, your wedding day will be amazing, but this engagement shoot is a great way to put fears aside, be comfortable in front of the camera and you'll understand what to expect. My couples that have an engagement session are pros by their wedding day!

Okay, so here are some steps to take to make sure that you’re 100% prepared for your engagement session! :

Prepwork before your session :

No small or busy patterns: Small tiny patterns (especially tiny checkered or striped patterns) will create an effect called "Chromatic Aberration" and will result in strong colors and abnormal patterns in the final images.

Choose Comfort: If you have an outfit that requires you to suck in and constantly be on-guard and worried about how you look, that isn't the bet choice for your engagement session. I advise the ladies to find what they are most comfortable with and coordinate his outfit from there.

Coordinate, Don't Match: A lot of couples make the mistake of trying to MATCH and that's not the goal. The goal is for the two outfits to coordinate. A lot of times when a couple isn't sure about how to coordinate, the guy ends up wearing a white shirt! I encourage you to only have the guy wear a white shirt if that is exactly what you want and not because you're afraid of having him wear a different color than you.

Start with Fancy: Most of the time our couples opt for a more casual outfit and a dressier outfit. I recommend starting with the dressier/fancier and possibly changing into a more casual outfit.

Clean the Rings!: It's amazing what a macro lens can show! If you have some dirt of build-up on your diamond during the shoot, you may be able to see it in your ring shot! Please, clean the ring to make sure that it looks its best! You can do this at home with ring cleaner.

Be on Time: This is HUGE! If you don't allow for traffic or small hold-ups that could arise, you could easily be 20-30 minutes late for your shoot. I have no problem extending our time together but the issue is the sun light will be gone and once the light is gone, there isn't anything I can do! We have timed your shoot for the BEST time of the day with the most amazing light so be sure to keep an eye on the clock so that you don't run out of natural light!

Relax & Trust Your Photographer: As you’re preparing for your engagement session, remember that your photographer doesn’t expect you to be a pro at this. I work with normal, everyday couples ALL the time. I hardly ever, ever work with models! I can’t speak for all photographers but I tell my couples that it takes a good 20 minutes to warm up at the beginning of their shoot. So relax and don’t be nervous! You’re going to be great at this! Trust your photographer, allow them to be creative and you’ll have an amazing shoot!