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Thursday, July 5, 2012

So excited to be a part of Laurie's fabulous blog today. While the rest of us are fighting this 99 degree stiff summer weather, I hope her toes are in the sand and that she's taking full advantage of that big cool ocean!

Since it's peak wedding season and I'm still giddy over the idea of photographing Laurie & David's wedding this fall (it's gunna be gorgeous), I've decided to share a few thoughts about how to best prepare for an engagement session. As a photographer, the e-session is my favorite way to get to know a couple; it's a perfect practice round for the wedding day and I think that's exactly how it should be viewed. I tell my couples that their only responsibility is to have fun so it's my job to remove all stress and apprehension about the experience. While some of that is done on the spot (giving direction but still allowing them to interact naturally, etc.), there are a few things we discuss ahead of time so they walk into the situation confident and excited.

First and foremost you should feel comfortable and confident. Choose a look that makes you feel your best but isn't so high maintenance that you're constantly worried about a bra strap or slip hem peeping out. I work with a fabulous stylist that puts together a customized inspiration board for each of my couples which includes some outfit suggestions -- I've found that people love this. It's just a little nudge in the right direction and helps them visualize what looks good together as a couple.

This could also be the perfect time to try out a hair or makeup look that you're considering for your wedding day. Obviously we don't suggest trying anything ca-razy, but it could be a great opportunity to test those fake eyelashes or that va-voom lip color! And why not get a little pampered before your session?!

 Another big decision is location. Just as your wedding venue is a reflection of your personalities and aesthetic as a couple, your e-session location should be no different. Most photographer's have a endless list of great places to shoot, but don't be shy about suggesting a location that holds some significance for you. Do try to be flexible when scheduling as the photographer should only recommend times that offer optimal lighting.

Finally, since you're all dolled-up and looking your best, I always suggest that couples go out for dinner or a movie afterwards. There's no denying that a lot of people are apprehensive about getting their photo taken (a-hem, 99% of grooms...), so why not reward yourselves afterward with a little date. There is one condition though: no wedding speak. That's right. I know it's hard and that you feel like you need to decide right away between the ivory or the ecru linens, but it's important that you take time during this process to just enjoy one another and remember why you fell for each other in the first place. 

Thanks for having me, Laurie!

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