Engagement Session

Engagement Session Questionnaire

Engagement sessions are so much fun!   The session is an opportunity to visit one or two of your favorite spots as a couple.  The time allows us to get to know each other a bit more and to explore different poses to find out what works well for you as a couple on your wedding day.

Depending on your session selection, the amount of time will vary between an hour and 2 hours.  We can usually visit up to 2 locations within walking distance of each other.  Prior to the session, we should talk about any specific the goals  (Save the Date card, engagement sign in book, etc) and the location.  

I have a few favorite spots in Chicago, like Montrose Harbor, Chicago's industrial and gritty West Loop area and downtown.  I am always up for a new location so feel free to throw out any special spots that you would like to explore.

If you will be using the engagement photographs in your Save the Date cards, I would suggest scheduling the session one month before you plan on sending out the cards.  It will take me 2 weeks to deliver the hi-resolution jpeg files to you and it will most likely take at least 2 weeks to receive Save the Date cards (depending on your printer.)  If you will be using the engagement photos for a sign in book at the wedding, the session should be scheduled at least 2 months before the wedding date.  If you plan on using the photos as decoration in your home, you can schedule just about any time.  

Keep in mind the location and weather when scheduling a date.  If the session location is Montrose Beach and on the scheduled date, we have rain, we would need to reschedule and - while I have plenty of week days available - my weekends do book up about a month in advance.  I want to make sure you are not rushed and we are not compromising on the weather.

This brings up another good topic - when are engagement sessions scheduled?   If the location is outdoors, I only schedules sessions in the early morning (as close to sunrise as possible) and later afternoon (or close to sunset) to capture that beautiful light.  Again, the weekends book up quickly.

What should we wear?  Wear what is comfortable for the elements - if it is a hot day, a sweater may not be the best idea, if you want to wear heels but the location is in a forest, bring along a pair of flats to wear while walking and the heels for the photos.  

Wear something that speaks to your style and personality.  You and your partner should wear something that is similar in style.  For example , if a bride is wearing a formal dress, a groom should not be wearing shorts and a tshirt.  

Stay away from clothing with logos or printed letters - this will date the images and we want them to be timeless!

I love a loose color scheme with 2 or 3 colors.  This can help the outfits coordinate but not look to 'matchy.'  I love when clients add a color 'pop' to their outfit with a scarf, necklace, shoes, etc.  Match the colors but not patterns.  For example, you can wear a pattern while your fiance matches with layers in the colors from the pattern.

Unless you are a professional model, an engagement session is probably the first time in a long time that you have had professional photographs taken of yourself (remember Senior Photos?!!??!)  It can be a little scary to be in front of the camera.  Personally, I have a few little quirks that I prefer not to appear in photographs (seriously, can someone always stand next to me and remind me to stick out my chin?  If I see another double chin in a photo of myself, I swear....) ANYWAY - tell me these things.  Do not be embarrassed.  I will watch for them while we are shooting.  

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