Monday, April 4, 2011

{Creativity for Engagement Sessions}

Hello my lovelies!  Did you enjoy your day today? It reached 82 degrees here in Delaware (or at least that is what my car told me) and I was in absolute heaven! There was a light breeze which made today perfect! I spent the day with my grandparents, mom and sisters, even though I should have taken advantage of my newfound energy and hopped up on the Spring cleaning. But I figure, Spring just started, the cleaning can wait!

Now that it is finally warming up, more engagement sessions and such are being schedule. I am super excited, as I love engagement shoots as much as I love weddings.  The engagement shoots give me a chance with the couple before the wedding to know their personalities, what they like, and for them to get to know me also.  Now although the engagement session is significantly shorter than your actual wedding, it still is a very important session. And I love nothing more when I have a great couple that puts time and consideration into making an epic session. Whether it has a theme or awesome location, it's always great to see that love come out on camera with a story being told.  With that being said, I want to share a list of some of my favorite wedding/engagement sites for you to get some inspiration for your session.  For me personally, I don't think anything is over the top. So if you want to go with a picnic theme, something with balloons, or something from your favorite movie...like, let's say, "The Notebook" then go for it! Creative couples rock!  I have also been featured on some of these websites also!  Here they are

http://emmalinebride.com


http://glamourandgraceblog.com/


http://www.utterlyengaged.com


http://sparkleandhay.com


http://www.thebrokeassbride.com


http://weddingchicks.com



Definitely check them out and get all the inspiration you need. Also, WeddingChicks has an awesome section where you can customize FREE wedding items, such as monograms,invitations, save the dates and more. I absolutely love and adore them


So let's get back to your engagement session.  As I've said before, it is important. This is you and your fiancé showing how much you love each other and the story of your love!  Definitely pick a location that has meaning to you or a location where you can carry out a theme.  Parks, wineries, restaurants, cafe's, ice cream shops, farms, open fields with flowers, etc are always good places to start. But keep in mind that if it is a private residence, ask the owner/manager for permission. We definitely do not want to run from cops while shooting!  If you have a theme go for it. I personally love themes that come from movies. How about, "Dirty Dancing". Him in all black, her in all white, and bam! Instant awesome session. And the best part is, you can dance! What else?  "Titanic", "The Notebook", basically any awesome vintage movie (I love vintage by the way), heck, incorporate zombies if you want.


Next up is props, even if you are not going with a theme, props are always fun. The most important prop being the engagement ring. But since your session tells a story, props that reflect your relationship should always be on hand.  Do you like dogs? Bring a dog! Borrow a dog if you have to.  If you are doing a picnic, then bring a blanket, food, cookies, wine glasses, anything you can think of to make your session pop.


With these being the photos of you two before you are married, you want them to be memorable! Remember, we are telling the story of your love and relationship. I say we because I just take the images, YOU are the main characters!




Till next time!



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