I absolutely love the chance to shoot engagement photography for my clients.  It allows me a great opportunity to get to know my clients, the way they interact, what are thier favorite things to do and most importantly how I can offer them the most amazing service.

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Clothing
I like to start with the idea around casual and dressy.  My favorite sessions have included both looks but I think it is totally up to my clients,  If you would never find dressing up enjoyable by all means do not go that route.  Me?  I big time love to doll up and see my man in dressier garb (yep, bow ties get me word every time),

Always ensure your clothing allows you to move and be comfortable.  Think about footwear according to our shooting locations- heels in urban locations are great but not so amazing wandering a forest.  You can go for a couple looks by layering (sometimes changing can pose an issue). Girls can add jackets/scarves for a dressier look and reveal a casual top. Same with the guys – you can go with two looks by layering a tee under anther shirt. When it comes to wardrobe just think about what you love seeing him wear – it could be a jersey or a suit. We can go with both. I caution against really busy patterns and very bold colors. Something bold throws a color cast on skin in photos – think about tones that look great on you naturally. If you need help, let me know.

 

Here is a Pinterest board with some ideas  MY CLOTHING INSPIRATIONS

There are some cute shops in my town I like if you are in the Sycamore, IL. area - STOMP, Carters Cottage, and Cracker Jax.  

Some amazing places you can shop online:  Anthropologie, White House Black Market, or you can do my favorite and RENT a fancy dress from Rent the Runway.  

 

Weather wise I can handle pretty much anything with a small bit of preparation.  If it rains, I carry umbrellas for sprinkles. If it downpours we will need to get creative with some indoor or covered locations (coffee shops, indoor exhibits, museums, cafes, hotel lobbies, libraries, etc). Try to think of a few of these beforehand in case we have a poor weather day. 

 

Some girls will have their practice run regarding hair and makeup for the engagement shoot. This helps them feel a little more ‘done-up’ for the shoot and boosts their confidence. I’m not saying you should do this but it certainly feels great to be polished.  However, what I can say is that in my experience shooting engagement sessions, girls want to feel pretty and confident...and sometimes spending a little extra time getting ready achieves just that.  

Hope you are excited about your session and looking amazing!  Your photos are such a fun reflection of the moment that you are in as a newly engaged couple.  Enjoy!