SCHEDULING YOUR SESSION
ABOUT YOUR SESSION
These sessions are about celebrating your love and life together, but also it's a chance to "unlearn" how you've previously taken photos up until now. To capture moments that tell your story, embrace individuality, showcase creativity, and illustrate the love you share.
It’s the perfect way for us to learn a lot about each other’s personalities; it’s amazing how much I learn about how couples interact just by hanging out and taking photos.
Let me start by saying I can shoot anywhere and I’m often influenced by the environment in which I’m shooting. It’s usually a good idea to choose a unique location that’s reflective of you both.
Think about things that inspire you: consider places that have sentimental meaning for you or that’s fun or different about your hobbies, careers, or passions. Make it as personal as you can. The best locations are a mix of quirky and obscure.
Get together and brainstorm. If your style is more modern and minimal you may want to pick a city block with modern store fronts, a building or restaurant with flare, an art museum, or a parking garage with geometric architecture, or an industrial set- ting, just as a couple of examples.
If you’re both foodies, a colorful outdoor market or a picnic may be an option. If you’re both constantly found with your nose buried in books, a bookstore, library, or a study might be right for you.
Think about the colors and style of any potential locations and how you can compliment them with your outfits. If it helps, include your pets to help show who you are and what makes you different, so absolutely bring them along.
Keep in mind that sometimes the best locations for a shoot are in the most unusual places. These are just a few ideas to help you get started choosing a location. Our shoot doesn’t have to be deep and conceptual, but it helps if you love where we are.
And if you have a concept or a theme you want to incorporate feel free to talk to me about what you have in mind and we can work together on executing your ideas. I’m always up for scouting new and unique locations for you.
WHAT TO WEAR AND WHAT TO BRING
Like the location, your outfits should also be a reflection of you. Generally I think it's a good idea to be more relaxed for these shoots, as you'll be more formal on your wedding day.
My advice would be for men to wear dark clothing, aim for smart casual (although a beautifully cut suit is always very dashing - if you feel comfortable wearing one!). Ladies, I would suggest something flowing, with a bit of movement and neutral in colour, with natural hair and makeup. This sits perfectly in the aesthetic of the landscape and does not over power you as a couple, ensuring you are the focus of the image.
During the session, plan on only carrying the bare minimum. If you can, leave purses, bags, cellphones, etc in your car... or I can carry them for you.
I would always also say to just be you and absolutely wear something that you feel comfortable in. Do not feel like you have to dress up if that’s not your thing – jeans and bobble hats are just as cool!
This guide was written to give a few tips to help plan for your session, but it’s in no way a rule book. It’s just a few pointers to help give you in the right direction to make sure you’re ready for the camera. When it gets right down to it, this is your session. Make it personal, make it about you... and remember, above all else, have fun with it.