engagement photography

When should you take your engagement photos?

When should you take your engagement photos?

Wondering how long to wait after the proposal to take those engagement photos? I'll give you a hint: there really is no right or wrong answer. But in the video below, I break down all the things you should consider when booking your session to get the most out of your time. From weather and personality traits, to technical aspects, you can find all of your answers here!

Engagement Poses I Love

Engagement Poses I Love

It goes without saying that no two engagement sessions are the same, because no two couples are the same! Something that is disheartening to see is couples expecting that their engagement photos will be a cutout of what they saw on Pinterest or what they were told was expected of them, instead of allowing their natural relationship to influence the session. 

Something that I've learned over the years is that not every pose is going to work for every couple. Sometimes my favorite pose just isn't working one day for whatever reason. Or the pose that I think would work well might not be all that exciting or comfortable to my couples. It's important for my work to be adaptable. A common trap in engagement photography is to keep a backlog of poses to revisit each session. And not that every session can't include specific "winning" poses, but it's all too easy to get into a routine and forget the client behind the pose. Which isn’t my personal goal in shooting these sessions.

What is the Best Wedding Advice For Engaged Couples? A Planner Shares Her Secrets

What is the Best Wedding Advice For Engaged Couples? A Planner Shares Her Secrets

Getting engaged is such a blissful and exciting time! Do not let the stress of planning your “perfect” wedding get you down! Whether you are the couple that is looking for a planner to come in right after your engagement and help you plan the entire event, or you want to take on the task of planning on your own, there are somethings you should know!

Cannon Beach Engagement: Julie + James

What can be more flattering than a couple from out of state reaching out to have their photos taken by YOU while on a mini getaway? Not much comes to mind. When the newly engaged Julie and James had started making plans for their trip to the Oregon Coast, they realized that this special getaway (even if surrounded by work events), needed to be documented. It was their first time visiting the gorgeous Cannon Beach, and quickly they decided they absolutely needed to come back and visit. What's not to love about the salt in the air, the stunning view of Haystack Rock, and the endless stretch of beach. I had to brag, but the Pacific Northwest really has the most incredible beaches. 

Meeting the two for the first time, especially on such an occasion, was a real treat for me and Jem. It was obvious that this kind and silly pair had a deeper understanding of love and friendship than the average couple. How else can I describe them but sweet, passionate, carefree, and warm.

Being in their presence was a gift enough, not to mention they were so much fun to photograph. They have a way of being fully there with each other at all times, without making it seem like they are ignoring or forgetting the outside world. But simply, enjoying it together. 

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Tierney + Mark: Smith Rock Engagement Photos

Tierney + Mark: Smith Rock Engagement Photos

The greatest part about being an engagement photographer is easily the adventures you get to share with your clients. Especially here in Oregon! With a week's notice, Jem and I changed our coastal plans to make a trip to Bend to share one of these said adventures with Tierney and Mark. How lucky are we that we have so many options! So we packed our bags and drove down to visit Smith Rock State Park for the first time. One of the top locations on my "Must Shoot" list. 

Tips for bringing your dog to your engagement session

Tips for bringing your dog to your engagement session

Is a family photo really complete without your pups? When planning engagement sessions with my couples, I am asked frequently 'what is the etiquette when bringing a dog to an engagement session'. Personally I'm an animal lover, so any extra time I get to play with happy pups is time well spent. But not every photographer is as eager to bring them along. If your pets are hard to keep track of, they run off when they see another animal, or they are less behaved outdoors than indoors, sure, maybe it's not such a great idea to bring them along. Either way, I've got some tips to help you plan for the best session with your sweet animals without feeling overwhelmed or unsure how to capture the right moments. 

My Favorite Engagement Poses

It goes without saying that no two engagement sessions are the same. Because no two couples are the same! Something that is disheartening to see is couples expecting that their engagement photos will be a cutout of what they saw on Pinterest or what they were told was expected of them, instead of allowing their natural relationship to influence the session. 

Something that I've learned over the years is that not every pose is going to work for every couple. Sometimes my favorite pose just isn't working one day for whatever reason. Or the pose that I think would work well might not be all that exciting to my couples. So it's important to be adaptable. A common trap in engagement photography is to keep a backlog of poses to revisit each session. And not that every session can't include specific "winning" poses, but it's all too easy to get into a routine and forget the client behind the pose. Which is NOT GOOD! 

Something that I challenge myself to do is to stop looking at old poses that I've done, or poses that I see other photographers doing, and focus on letting the moment guide my decisions. If the couple hasn't had time to warm up to the camera, I would want to allow them time to get comfortable by adding in movement like walking together or holding hands and swaying. If they are feeling giggly and silly, I would want to use that to my advantage and pose them in natural positions and give them cues to make each other laugh. 

It's been a great benefit to me because I stop trying to recreate somebody else's moment, and give my clients a unique session that they will personally enjoy. All that said, these are a few of my favorite poses from the past year that highlight the couple in their own element. This is why lifestyle photography is such a great fit for me, because I can use my creative eye to design a pose, but also allow the couple to be candid and take the pose wherever they want it. 

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