May 15th, 2015

Featured Engagement Session

As the grays and browns of the winter season are replaced with the freshness of Spring’s colors, I’m filled with a new sense of creativity and excitement for the season ahead. Not only are we leaving behind the dreary days of winter, but also the quieter season of photography, moving into brighter, busier days ahead. The number of sessions and level of anticipation increases as the momentum of the new season builds.

Over the past several months, I’ve had the opportunity to reflect on goals, dreams, and my vision as a photographer. I didn’t end up with pages of new ideas and lists of changes to make. I always return to the bottom line that no matter what seasons and changes come in the photography world, I will always strive for the same end result–timeless photos that outlive the changes of seasons, trends, and even decades.

More than keeping up with trends, I will always work towards better capturing the weight of the moments I’m invited to photograph. Sure, techniques can be improved, skills sharpened, and processes perfected, but these will only enhance my ability to reach my ultimate goal.

While these quieter months have given me time to shift my focus to developing my business and reflecting on the bigger picture of my work, they’ve also given me the fresh perspective I need to continue to strive towards meeting my goals one photo at a time.

I am proud to announce that with this fresh perspective in 2015 one of my recent engagement sessions is featured on United With Love. Here’s a sneak peak at the session:

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comments
  1. Awesome shots!

  2. Thank you Lily!

  3. WOW! i absolutely LOVE these!!!

February 2nd, 2015

engagement session checklist

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Your leisurely days of dating & chatting have turned to focused conversations around planning, researching, and choosing the special details that will set the stage for the moment you say “I do.” One of the first items on your list is scheduling your engagement photo session.

What a better way to kick off this season than with photos that will capture the glow of your early days as an engaged couple, document the anticipation of your new life together, and break the ice as you get to know your photographer.

You’ve probably found your share of checklists for an engagement session, but if not, here’s a recap.

1. What locations are significant to you? A café, area of town, park, or scenic location? What’s your rainy day plan? What time of day best suits these locations? Will there be crowds or events happening that will make the location unsuitable?

2. How can the photos best reflect you as a couple? Will a formal, traditional, casual, or contemporary feel best capture your personalities and style?

3. What colors will you and your fiancé wear that will coordinate but not be obviously matching? If you will be at multiple locations, will a change of clothes be necessary to fit the surroundings?

4. Are there certain props, signs, poses, or locations that you want to incorporate into the photos? How much time is allotted for what you would like to accomplish?

5. Is your ring sparkling clean? Do you want a manicure? Certainly a new diamond is going to make its way into your photos!

To summarize, look your best, choose a location that has a story, and think about the details that will make the photos unique to you. All of these details aside, what can really make or break a session is time. Not the amount of time you have with the photographer, but time you and your fiancé have together.

Often, the first moments of the session can feel awkward, unnatural, and forced. This is no surprise considering you probably will be rushing around several hours getting ready, packing a change of clothes and any props, coordinating schedules, fighting traffic, finding parking, and racing to be on time to meet the photographer.

It is not going to be easy for anyone to connect, relax, and enjoy the day with a rushed few hours leading up to the session. Consider how to plan your day a little differently, prepare the night before, plan your route and even schedule in time to talk, relax, walk around the location, grab coffee or lunch ahead of time, and use the day to focus on each other and the moments you are about to capture.

These photos are not simply an item to check off a to-do list, but moments to cherish together. They will tell part of your story. A beautiful story that is just beginning.

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