READ THIS BEFORE YOUR ENGAGEMENT SESSION

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Congratulations, you are engaged! What an exciting time in your life! There is so much to do, so much to plan – I bet you’re feeling slightly overwhelmed. Well, rest assured, this post is here to help!

Tell me about your process! 

  • During your Planning Consultation, we will customize your engagement session to reflect your relationship and your personalities
  • Your Personal Photographic Experience will capture the essence of you and the person you love the most! Depending on your engagement session collection, it’ll be 1-2 hours.
  • Your Cinematic Presentation of your Photographs will be at our studio in North Quincy, MA
  • During the Photo Reveal and Design Consultation, we will where we will invite you over our studio to view your finished images and assist you in selection and customization of your artwork that will bring life to your home.
Downtown Boston Engagement

What should we do for our Boston engagement session?

What do you normally do on Saturday afternoon? Let’s go and do exactly that.

The most common request we get is, “I want us to look natural and candid.” The best way for that to happen is for me to photograph the two in a place where you would normally be… doing things that you would normally do. 😃

Yes, we can bring you to a pretty park. Yes, we can pose and direct you. However, we can still do that if you’re wandering around a Lego store that you love or hang out at the rock climbing gym. Let’s really put some thought into making your engagement session specific to your relationship.

  • Where should we go?: Your home, college campuses, proposal spot, restaurant/bars that you frequent, bakeries or coffee shops you love, beaches, museums, lego store
  • Incorporate a hobby or something you both love to do: Wine tasting, biking, rock climbing, cooking/baking, kayaking, canoeing, paddle boating, ice skating, skiing, snowboarding, apple picking, antiquing
  • Integrate things you love: Dogs, cats, sports teams, water guns, nerd guns, yoga, cross fit, board games

When should I schedule my engagement session?

  • Season: Are you in a time crunch because you want them for Save the Dates? Is there a seasonal activity that you like to do together? (Skiing, paddle boarding, picnic-ing?)
    • Winter: Curl up by the fire and drink hot chocolate. Let’s go ice skating and wait for sunset so that we can catch the twinkly lights!
    • Spring: Flowers are blooming. Green things are coming out of the ground. The ground is usually softer/wet because the snow is melting and grass hasn’t come in completely yet, so pick shoes carefully. Secondary warning: Do you have allergies?
    • Summer: The sun sets later, which works out so that if it’s humid, we can wait until the sun goes down a bit. Ice cream… sports outings… beer… frolicking around in fields… or enjoying AC at home.
    • Fall: Bright orange, red, and yellow leaves for New England’s foliage show lasts about 2-3 weeks in October. Note that this is the busiest time, so let’s get your session on the books earlier!
  • Dates: We are available Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays for engagement sessions. Sundays are available for an additional fee.

GET YOUR HAIR AND MAKEUP DONE

Your engagement shoot is the perfect opportunity to have a trial run for what kind of hair and makeup you want to be done on your big day. Work with a professional team on this day, the way you would on your wedding day and see how it goes. Hiring a professional hair and makeup service for your engagement session might feel like a lot to you but it is absolutely worth it. Your curls will stay bouncy and your face will be flawless. You can pass some of the burdens on your shoulders to a team specifically trained to do this. And if you like who you work with for your engagement experience you can go right ahead and book them for the wedding. This is the perfect opportunity to figure out what works best for you, all while looking stunning!

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CHOOSE WHAT YOU WEAR WISELY

This goes for both you and your fiancé. What you wear in these photos is very important. There’s nothing worse than feeling amazing and excited about your engagement shoot, only to end up disappointed by the results because of your outfit. Here are a few common mistakes people make that you can avoid:

Stay away from horizontal stripes! Famously, horizontal stripes are considered risky fashion. While they can sometimes be flattering, more often than not, they end up looking a little off. Horizontal stripes can trick the eye into seeing something as being wider than it actually is. Go for a solid color instead.

Avoid white clothing! Save the white dress for your wedding day. You don’t want people confusing your engagement shoot for your wedding pictures.

Wear complimenting colors! If you already know which colors look best on you – stick to them! This photoshoot is all about feeling amazing about yourself and your fiancé. I’m trying to capture you authentically. There’s no need to go crazy and experiment with new things for this session. Stick to the tried and true that suits you. If you’re not sure which colors work best, here are some guidelines you can follow. Stick to colors that compliment each other. Gray, blues, and purples go well together as cooler colors. Warmer tones like deep reds, ochres, and yellows work together. Stay away from too many colors at once to avoid anything clashing. There are many resources online that can help you determine which colors look best on you based on skin tone, eye, and hair color. Check some of them out and try out different outfit ideas beforehand.

No loud words or logos! Since we are trying to capture you at your best, we want to limit the distractions as much as possible. I want to focus on you. That means that loud print or logos are a no go. If there’s a lot going on around your clothes, your faces will be drowned out. I don’t want your pictures to look like a brand promotion or a styled fashion shoot. Stick to solid colors that suit you!

Focus on your best features! We all have some features that we wish were different or we would like to work on. We each have our own insecurities. And even though I can guarantee that you are beautiful no matter what, if you feel better covering certain parts of yourself that might make you nervous, do it. It will give you peace of mind and allow you to really enjoy the day. Let’s focus on what you love most about yourself!

 

PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT YOU EAT THE DAY BEFORE THE SESSION

This is not me telling you to diet – you can eat whatever you want, whenever you want! I just know that, from experience, eating overly salty or spicy food the day before a session may contribute to feeling a little puffy. You’ll probably feel best eating lighter foods the day before.

 

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DON’T DO THESE THINGS AT THE LAST MINUTE

Ladies, you’ve probably heard by now that you are not supposed to get a facial too soon before a big event. Your skin may need more time to recover so it’s always best to anticipate more time. You don’t want to look red or blotchy! Get your facials done at least one week in advance if it’s a treatment you’ve done before.  If you want to try a new skincare regimen, test it out at least three months ahead of time. The same rule goes for guys and haircuts! Gentlemen, in order to avoid the “fresh cut” look, stick to the same 72-hour rule. Everyone will look natural and radiant!

 

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What should we bring?

In an ideal world, you only have your keys and we can carry those for you. BE BAG-FREE! It’s best when we can wander from place to place and not worry about putting down a bag, making sure it’s not in our photograph, keeping an eye on it so that it doesn’t get stolen, finishing up our shots and then going back to pick it up.