Before we go any further, there are a couple of things you need to agree to.
By accepting this free session, you agree to the following:
- I will be sharing some of your images on my website and social media channels and I will retain a copy-write
- The final shoot location will be my choice.
- You cannot add any filters to my work or edit it in any way.
- This session is not transferable for cash, vouchers or to another couple.
- If you don't show up to the session, you forfeit your shoot.
Okay, now that stuff is out of the way, read on for the fun stuff.
YOUR GUIDE TO GETTING KICK-ASS ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS
What to expect
The session will generally start with a bit of banter, as we find the first spot. I'll give you some guidance on what to do, probably make some bad jokes, we'll laugh a bit and then we'll move on to the next spot. Rinse and repeat.
Pretty easy right?
The session will be around 45 minutes - more if we are walking far or we end up talking too much.
To set the mood you might consider making your engagement session part of a day-long date. Start your day with a boozy brunch or coffee at your favourite spot before meeting me. This will help you feel connected and romantic as you head into the photo shoot.
What to wear
You can decide together if you want to be casual or more formal.
Even if you have decided on casual, please avoid wearing the following: tops with logos, strong bold patterned clothes, baseball caps, hoodies and jandals. Also, steer clear of fluorescents. Fluorescent colours tend to colour cast on faces, necks and hair.
I recommend versions of primary colours. Yellow (mustard), red (maroon, brick), and blue (navy, royal). A bit of colour can really make the difference in a shot, and make it pop. I know the general rule here in NZ is to wear a lot of black, but if you have a colour that you love to wear, please wear it! Also,remember to iron your stuff first! Removing creases in clothing is not included in the editing process.
Feel free to bring changes of clothes to change it up.
Hot tip: Schedule your make-up trial for the same day. You'll look and feel great and you get to tick another thing off your list!
And just in case you are, it’s more than okay to feel nervous! Please know that I do not expect you to be models. My job is to direct you in a way that helps you relax, feel natural, and be your true comfortable selves in front of my lens. You do not need to practice poses, study Pinterest pins or let the nerves take over. We're going to try to have a bit of fun with this - even if you usually hate being in front of the camera!
I want you guys to know that I'm happy for this to be a collaboration. If you have any ideas while we're out there, hit me with them! We're in this together - we all want the end result to be great photos and a fun time, so if you are feeling inspired, please share your ideas.
Location, Location, Location
If you have location that is near and dear to your story, please don’t hesitate to tell me about it. I am true believer in telling your story in a way that is meaningful to the two of you but also remember that the session is about you as a couple and not where you are. There are beautiful places all around us, so if you’d rather me choose the venue, I am happy to do so! Another idea is to plan a couples date with a tag along (me!) You could grab a coffee then go ice-skating (or whatever floats your boat) - all while getting some cuuuuttte pics of you two! There are so many ways to make this session unique to you.
What happens after the session?
After the session, I'll go through the images and edit the best ones.
When I've finished editing your images (around 2 weeks) I'll send you a link to your gallery. It will contain all of the edited images and web copies for social media.
You can then print your images with your chosen lab or better yet, you can also order high quality prints and fine art products directly through your gallery.
Sharing is caring.
If you are sharing your images on social media I'd love a shout out too! Tag my business page or even just mention who took your awesome photos. ;) Word of mouth is how I get 90% of my business, and every little bit counts!
Please don't add filters to my work! I've developed my editing style over many years and I die a little inside when I see an Instagram filter added over the top!
Don't be afraid to leave a review to tell everyone just how much you enjoyed your session and love your photos.