I’m so excited for your engagement session! Engagement photos are so much more than just save the date cards. These photos will be precious memories of you and your honey before you are husband and wife. Plus, engagement sessions are a fantastic way for us to get to know each other a little better before your big day. We’ll test out some poses and I’ll get to know your personalities a little more, which will make your wedding day photos go a whole lot smoother. I’ve created this guide to help you get the most out of your photos, and by the time you’ve read through this, you'll have all your questions answered and feel more than ready and prepared for your session. Then I’ll take care of the rest! Your only job is to be yourself, laugh a lot and let me create photos you’ll love forever. I can’t wait to capture yall!
I begin all portrait sessions approximately 1-2 hours before sunset during “the golden hour,” when the light is the dreamiest. If you’re planning on two outfits, save your favorite one for the second half.
STYLING TIPS for her
Want your engagement images to look more editorial? Bring a little extra something with you! A freshly-picked bouquet for you to hold, or fresh flowers to put on something else, like a bicycle basket, tree swing, picnic basket, car bumper or rowboat, is a fun way to bring a little extra romance to everyday objects.
DON’T BE AFRAID TO DRESS UP
This is your chance to do it up! You can always do one casual look and then change into a more glam outfit. Remember: There is no such thing as “too dressed up” when it comes to your engagement session, so don’t be afraid to have some fun!
Dresses and skirts look most stunning because they really flatter every female body, especially on camera! Long, full-length, flowy dresses and skirts look amazing on camera because they bring extra movement to the photo. Consider softer fabrics like chiffon or tulle!
FLATTER YOUR FEATURES
Choosing flattering silhouettes and colors that complement your natural features is the best way to ensure you’ll love the way you look in your photos. Remember, heels elongate women’s legs, making them look fabulous!
Quick Tip: Bring a pair of easy-to-kick-off flats to wear when moving from place to place in between photos. Your feet will thank you later!
When choosing colors for your outfits, I recommend selecting lighter tones and more muted shades. By avoiding ultra-bright, bold colors, it will help bring all the attention to your faces and let the eye focus on the way you feel about each other. I love shades of soft earthy tones and blues, mixed with light neutrals like heather gray, creams, leather brown and white. That softer color palette fits beautifully into almost all natural outdoor environments.
MAKE A STATEMENT
Pairing an accessory or two with your outfit can really help bring some extra dimension and pop to your images. Try a statement necklace, ear-rings, or flower crown for fun!
GO PRO: HAIR & MAKEUP
This is a great time to treat yourself and go pro! I highly recommend getting your nails, hair, and makeup done professionally. It makes you feel beautiful, and it looks stunning on camera!
STYLING TIPS for him
FIND THE BEST FIT
Long, fitted pants or jeans and close-toed shoes are the most sophisticated and masculine looks for men. They draw attention away from his legs and feet and place it where you want it: on his hand-some face!
BRING IN LAYERS
Layers on men look great on camera, even when it’s hot outside. Trust me when I say it’s worth the hour or two of discomfort for photos that will last you both a lifetime! Blazers, vests, and coats spruce up the level of any look and will bring extra dimension to your photos.
DON’T FORGET DETAILS
Ties, bowties, pocket squares, colored socks, suspenders, and watches are sharp compliments to any outfit for men. Although small, they add great pops of class to your photos.
AFTER YOUR SESSION
Don’t forget to plan a dinner date. You’re already going to be all dressed up! Why not take advantage of it? We know the wedding planning process can feel all-consuming, so take some time after the session just for the two of you to relax and have some fun together.
I know I just gave you a lot to think about. I created this guide to help make your engagement session experience something you’ll look back fondly on for years and years to come. At the end of the day, though, the location you choose and the outfits you select won’t matter nearly as much as the memories you make together. Your future marriage is the most important thing to me, and I want your engagement session to be a time for you to just be yourselves and enjoy it. Have fun together. Laugh a lot. And I’ll take care of the rest!
Engagement Session Checklist
Set date, time and location with Sally
Review guide for style tips
Schedule hair and makeup appointments
Choose your outfits
Get your nails done
Clean your ring
Pick a fun post-session date night spot
Pack a bag with:
Flats or flip-flops for walking between photo spots
(Optional) Outfit two (including shoes and accessories)
Water bottle (for warmer sessions)
Coat or cover-up (for colder sessions)