Here comes the fun part. Once we have your date locked in the next step is to book your engagement session. An engagement session is included in every one of our packages and it’s an essential part of the creative process where we’ll introduce you to the “Hitched Photo Flow”. We understand not everyone’s a model so we’ll start off nice n’ easy and work through some of our favorite natural looking poses.
Between the staged moments are usually where the magic comes from, in that fleeting moment where you start laughing at the ridiculousness of the things we say or do. And that’s what we live for. By the time your wedding day comes around you’ll be completely comfortable in front of the camera and you’ll even recall some of the go to poses we’ve rehearsed. So in preparation for your engagement session, we’ve put together a few tips and answers to the most commonly asked questions.
How long will the session last?
We’re in absolutely no hurry. On average you can expect the session to last around two hours, but we’ve had engagement sessions that have lasted longer. It just depends on what you’re interested in doing. Additionally, that beautiful natural light that defines our style is best during the last few hours of the day, so we always schedule the session during this time period.
Where should we have it?
Lovely engagement locations in Southern California are absolutely endless. Great photographs can be taken anywhere but our general recommendation is to first consider a location that’s sentimental to you, such as: where you met, where the proposal took place, favorite spot to eat, etc… If you’re looking for inspiration and some location options, take a look at the engagement session we have done in the past for a few ideas. We’re always shooting at new locations as well so let us know what style your looking for and we can recommend a few options.
Makeup and hair?
The engagement session is the perfect opportunity to take your makeup artist for a test run. It’ll give you a chance to dial in that perfect effect for your wedding day and of course it certainly won’t hurt the outcome of your photos either. We definitely recommend that you make arrangements with your preferred MUA before the shoot and we’d be happy to recommend some of our favorites if you aren’t quite sure who to go with.
What should we wear?
- Determine the overall look you’re going for (urban, retro, dressy, themed, etc.)
- Keep it simple. If one of you is wearing a bold pattern or color, try to have the other dress in a solid, more simple pattern that’s complimentary to the more boldly dressed person.
- Watch for lengths. It can be unflattering to have one person in shorts and the other person in pants, or one in a short sleeved shirt and the other in a long sleeved shirt.
- Outfit changes are time consuming, but if you want to get a few formal shots in dress clothes, as well as some casual shots, go ahead and bring both outfits to the shoot.
- Remember that in general, horizontal patterns make you look wider, and vertical patterns make you look longer. The effect is emphasized in photographs, so consider your body type.
- Also, white can wash you out if you have lighter skin. Black and dark colors are slimming.
- Ladies in semi-formal dresses with heels, and gentlemen in a button-up shirt option with a plain-no patterned-solid tie loosely done, and casual black or brown pants or nice dark jeans. Freshen it up for the current season by adding seasonal colors in the dress, jewelry, and fellas’s shirt, or use your wedding colors if that’s preferred.
- Remember anything you might need to touch up with, such as hairspray, lipstick/gloss, as well as bottled water.
Here are some visuals to inspire that fresh look
In ancient times, the creation of purple dye was an incredibly lengthy, expensive
process. Purple garments became a symbol of wealth and nobility, even royalty; and
were sought after world-round.
Although violet is now far easier to come by, the
color is still associated with its royal roots. A violet-themed engagement outfit
exudes playful sophistication and looks great on camera!
Small accents of purple,
such as scarves and accessories, can also liven up an otherwise muted palette!
Indigo – or deep blue – is a rich, exceedingly popular color which looks beautiful in
almost any setting. Outfits with blue elements create a sense of calm and quiet –
perfect for a more introverted couple or natural backdrops.
Blue can be dressed up
or down to fit your tastes, and can be used either as a main color or accenting in
Nothing says fresh and new quite like the color green! Green comes in a wide array
of shades, ranging from a yellowish, pea-like hue all the way to turquoise!
Green looks beautiful combined with earth tones, and therefore makes a wonderful choice
for outdoor shoots and backdrops of wood and stone.
Even small accents of green,
such as jewelry, scarves, or shoes, look wonderful with whites and tans.
Ah, yellow! The color of happiness, of light and sunshine. Yellow is a wonderful
color to wear in outdoor, buttery natural-light shoots, and looks amazing on
Although yellow can be difficult for some to wear because of its tendency to
wash out skin tones, patterns with yellow or a single yellow garment in an otherwise
neutral palette adds wonders to your images.
Adding yellow florals, jewelry, or
accents also helps to make your photos go “POP!”. We love yellow!
Orange is a tangy, optimistic color that demands attention! Strong, joyful, and
happy, adding orange to your engagement session is always a hit on camera.
Couples with a more extroverted nature might enjoy orange-themed outfits. Orange
also looks wonderful in urban settings, such as against concrete, brick, and stone.
Red is one of, if not the, strongest of colors in the rainbow. A symbol of power,
passion, blood, and love, red is a bold and striking color for your engagement
Since red is truly a brilliant, attention-grabbing color, we recommend
peppering your outfit with red accents instead of making red the main color for all
Pairing red with denim or darker neutral tones makes for striking
engagement images that create lasting impressions on your wall.