SESSION Advice

SCHEDULING your session

Engagement sessions usually last 1.5 hours and are likely to be on a weekday and ideally in the evening. The best light is two hours before sunset. However, we are always up for shooting any time of day. Even shooting at night can be really incredible and unique.

Weekday evenings are best because sidewalks are less busy, parks are usually emptier, and we can schedule further in advance if you’re willing to plan for a weekday.

Scheduling the date for the engagement session will vary on what you would like to use the photos for. Save the Dates are pre-invitations usually sent out at least 5 months before the wedding. Since the average edit time for engagement photos is 2-3 weeks, we recommend scheduling your session at least 5 months out from your wedding date for Save the Date purposes.

About the 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.

Our sessions are laid back and free flowing. The result is a collection of photos to share with friends and family. Aside from having photos of the two of you this session is when we really get to know each other.

After the session we are always open to any feedback you may have incase we need to change anything for the wedding day portraits. Some couples prefer less kissing photos, sometimes the sessions lead people to discovering their “good side.” Whatever the case may be, it’s great practice for the wedding day photos as well . The wedding day shooting goes so much quicker and smoother if we’re all comfortable and if we know what to expect of each other.

location

Let me start by saying we can shoot just about anywhere and we are often influenced by the environment that surrounds us. 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.

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.

What to wear and what to bring

Like the location, your outfits should also be a reflection of you. Generally we think it's a good idea to dress more casually for these as you'll be more formal on your wedding day.

We are flexible with whatever you’d like to wear. This is your session and we recommend no more than two outfits in order to maximize our time together. If you want to bring more it’s totally fine, but it may have an impact on the amount of time we’ll have shooting together!

Avoid baggy button down shirts and be sure to bring a comfortable pair of shoes to change in and out of because we’ll probably do a bit of walking. Also, try to avoid any clothing that may show visible straps, tags, or semi-transparent clothing that could reveal undergarments.

Remember - confidence is everything in photographs. What you choose to wear should be something you feel comfortable in. Something that compliments your physical features, your individuality, something you can move in, and something that makes you feel amazing.

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.

Created By
Eboni Sawyer-Bullard
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Eboni Robyn Photography www.ebonirobyn.com

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