The engagement session is my opportunity to learn about the two of you and how you photograph. It's my chance to teach you some tricks I've learned in order to look happy, natural, and most importantly -- not cheesy. 

It's included with every single package because that's how important it is. 

I've created a podcast episode designed to prepare you for your engagement session! It'll give you an idea of what kind of posing direction and instruction I'll be using, plus a few extra tips about what to wear and what to bring. The episode is a nice addition to the information below, so definitely take a listen before your shoot! 

ENGAGEMENTS

The perfect location is one where you'd actually venture to on a Sunday afternoon stroll. It's a place where you've shared a kiss or two, and a place that makes you feel at home just being there. 

Don't worry too much about choosing somewhere "scenic," because I can work magic in a parking garage or any plain old park. It's about light, and that's something we can't plan! 

LOCATIONS

A FEW OF MY FAVOURITE PLACES TO SHOOT: 

Carnivals 
Old parts of town where the buildings are covered with vines 
The family cottage 
A patio in the Byward Market 
Your beautifully decorated living room 
That place where he got down on one knee...

Wardrobe is a tough one... Since I'm not able to take a peek into your closets and help you pick out your outfits, I'm going to leave you with some general DOs and DON'Ts. 

WARDROBE

D O

Wear clothes you like and feel good in.
Wear clothes with pockets (it really helps when it comes to posing!)
Include one pattern, but stick to a max of 2 bright colours.
Accessorize (thin layered necklaces, a watch, understated earrings, and a cute pair of shoes -- it all goes a long way!)
Feel free to stay casual if that's your style! A cute top and a pair of ripped jeans can be so cute! Fancy isn't always better.

D O N ' T 

Wear a dress that's too short to sit down in.
Wear the same colour shirt as your man. 
Wear clothes that constantly need to be "fussed" with -- there's a term I use called "360 degree confidence." If your outfit only looks good from one angle, it might be time to rethink. 
Feel the need to have 2 outfits. Many of my couples stay in the same outfit for the whole shoot and that's perfectly lovely!

Plan to arrive early. When we plan for a shoot at 7:30pm, for example, that means we should be taking our first photo at 7:35pm. Make sure you're early in order to find parking and put the finishing touches on your wardrobe. 

Plan to grab a glass of wine before your evening shoot if your guy is a little nervous about having his photo taken. I promise to make it SUPER easy for you both, but a little patio never hurt anyone. In fact, it can make you feel a little extra connected, and it might even make your shoot more fun. Heck, make it a double.

Pack lightly. Your goal is to be carrying absolutely nothing, that way we can walk and shoot without stopping to set things down. (PS. I can fit your car keys in my bag!)

Only bring props if they truly reflect who you are a couple. 

EXTRA TIPS

Engagement sessions can be kept simple, but they can also include props or themes as long as they're used properly. My advice to you is to think of props as a way to enhance the reflection of the two of you as a couple. 

 For example, a fancy picnic in the park wouldn't be the perfect fit for two people who absolutely LOVE going to see live music and eating at cool new restaurants. And a walk in the forest with your dog won't work if you generally hang out inside playing boardgames!

PROPS

A FEW CUTE EXAMPLES: 

S'mores and a cozy blanket for the campfire
Cupcakes and wine for a dockside picnic
Waterguns and a comfy hammock for some cottage lovin'
BBQing on the rooftop patio at your condo

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