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Your Engagement Shoot – Quick Tips

Engagement shoots are so important and so much fun! It is truly a privilege to get to work with all of my couples and your engagement shoot will help you be more comfortable working together for your big day! It also gives me a great opportunity to get to know you and your perfect love story!

Our bride-to-be may have said it best!…

“I think it’s so important to have an engagement session with your photographer before the wedding. Not only does it give you beautiful photos but it gives you a chance to connect with your photographer and build a relationship that will carry into your wedding day. We learned what poses worked better for us while having fun and getting to know one another. By the end of our engagement session, we felt so comfortable with Jerilyn and you could see a difference in our photos from the beginning to the end of our shoot. Thanks to the engagement session, I have no worries about what to expect for photos on my wedding day and I trust Jerilyn with the images that I will cherish forever. I highly recommend an engagement session!”

Danielle B.

Planning Your Time
When you’re planning “getting ready” time before your session (making time for your hair, makeup, etc.) please give yourself a lot more time than you think you’ll need. Make sure to account for things like traffic, getting lost and parking, so you can prevent unnecessary stress, arrive a few minutes early to your session and be ready to start on time.

Fall & Winter Sessions
When seasons change and temperatures drop, sometimes it’s just too cold for a dress and heels by themselves (no matter how warm your coverup overcoat is). So I have some suggestions for late fall and winter that will still help you be fashion-forward and keep your color tones camera friendly.

First, let’s talk about color palettes. Just like in warmer weather, I recommend muted hues over bold, primary colors. During fall, warm neutrals like camel, taupe, cream, champagne, and gray are still going to look great. If you’d like to incorporate color, choose sophisticated jewel-toned versions of bright primary colors. Here are some examples: mustard over yellow, crimson or burgundy over red, camel over orange, sage or emerald over green, and powder blue or navy over blue. These jewel tones will photograph beautifully in any season.

Cold Weather Tips:
Add a peacoat, tights, scarves and heeled booties to a form-fitting cocktail dress.

Snow Sessions:
Statement coat with a beanie, scarf and gloves or a warm, oversized, snuggly sweater with tall boots and a hat. The great thing about snow is it creates a beautiful white backdrop, so even though it might seem counterintuitive, soft pastel, muted colors like soft pinks and powder blues still look great! And, remember, regardless of the setting, you can never go wrong with neutrals!

After the Session
Don’t forget to plan a dinner date for after your session! You’re already going to be all at your best so why not take advantage of it?! I know the wedding planning process can feel all-consuming, so take some time after the session to relax, have some fun together and enjoy this season of your life.

At the end of the day, though, the outfits you wear won’t matter nearly as much as the fun you have together and the memories you make as a couple. The style choices you make will definitely enhance your photos, but the most important accessory to bring with you is joyfulness –– which is the one that makes the biggest difference in your photos. Just show up with a smile.

Feel free to reach out to me to set up your engagement shoot – I’d love to help you capture the special bond between you and your fiancé!

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