Are you struggling as to what on earth you should do for your engagement session? Are you dreading standing in front of the camera awkwardly smiling to capture that moment in time when you were first engaged. Maybe you are clueless on what to wear.  Well lets just scrap that whole fear and lets have fun with your engagement session.  Let me help you change your thoughts towards your upcoming engagement session.

What if I told you engagement sessions can be fun?  Did you just gasp?  Understandable.  Let me share with you 5 things that will make for a grrrrrreat engagement session.

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#1. It’s all about you!
My personal approach is to capture your ‘relationship’ on camera.  Take a moment and think about what you and your love like to do together.  Do you like hiking?  Perhaps you enjoy snowshoeing or sledding.  Are you musicians? Play music with each other. It’s required that if you book with me, you must incorporate your fur babies. 😉  Ultimately, let’s take your interests and make that apart of your engagement session.  We will have plenty of time on your wedding day to take portrait type photos.
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#2. Relax.
No need to get all up tight and nervous about being in front of the camera.  Deep breath. Relax. Enjoy the moment and have fun with your love? Easier said than done, I know. Do whatever it takes to relax before the session to calm your nerves.  The more you relax the more you will look natural on camera. If it’s a liter of Coke, drink it.  If its a 2 miles run, run it.

#3. Don’t over think it.
I recall scheduling photo sessions for myself for updated head shots.  Some of the best photos I received were the ones that I didn’t over think.  I grabbed my favorite outfit that day, wore my best make-up or I hired a make-up artist, and I accessorize with my fav jewelry.  Going into the session feeling like yourself – the photos will reflect you as well.

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What to wear is one of the top questions couples will ask me.  First things first, do not wear something that isn’t you or that you wouldn’t wear on a daily basis.  With that said, do consider coordinating your outfits; do not wear matching outfits. #twinses. Sorry to crush your dreams. Choose complimentary colors.  Don’t be afraid to wear prints or layer your clothes.  The key thing here is wear your best.

#5. Trust your photographer.
If an engagement session is important to you when picking your photographer, pick a photographer that you completely trust and feel comfortable around.  If you do not trust your photographer, the look of concern could translate onto the camera and will also rob you from the experience in tip #1-#3.
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Is there something that you are struggling with when going into your engagement session? Let me know, I’d be happy to help.

Just remember, be you, relax and remember you are getting married to your one true love!

The one question I ask all my couples and potential couples when planning their wedding day timeline is, “Will you be seeing each other prior to the wedding?” The answers they give me are equally split.  Some know for sure they will be seeing each other.  Others are certain they will stick with tradition and not see each other.  While the rest are very uncertain what they will do.  Well let’s talk this through and shed some light on answering this question.  What option seems best for you.
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First let’s talk about “tradition”.  Once upon a time there was a time where you just did not think about seeing each other before the wedding.  The thought didn’t even cross their mind.  I remember my brother got married in 2002 and that was the first time I had ever heard of the bride and groom seeing each other prior to the wedding.  Slowly the movement of seeing each other spread and now more then half of my weddings see each other prior to the wedding.  There are beautiful moments either which way you choose.  It’s just deciding which is best for you and your honey.

The benefits of seeing your honey before the ceremony is simple.  You get to have those first moments together.  You get to have that moment where you look at each other and say, “Holy Moly, we are getting married! I love you!”  With my couples, I like to set up a private moment where you see each other for the first time.  Even though we are still photographing you, we try out test to give you that private time together without the cameras clicking ;–)  And of course the other benefits of seeing your honey prior to the ceremony is photos.  All photos can be done before the ceremony that way the rest of the evening is yours to celebrate.  Of course I encourage my couples to break away before or after their first dance for a few sunset shots.

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Now, the benefits of not seeing each other before the ceremony.  Obviously, there are huge pluses of having those doors open and bam there is your husband- to-be at the end of the aisle. *love sigh* That is a magical moment!  Tradition is always a cool thing. And of course the waterworks will flow at this moment. haha.  Now, not to turn debbie downer, but this is something to consider. When you get down to your honey there is realistically only a small window of time where you can  smile at each other and try to read others mind.  Does he love my dress?  Does she think I look ok? Man I love him!  I sure do love her!  Yeah, there are  a million things you want to say to each right then and there.  So it’s up to you as a couple to decide where tradition beats out emotions or if you want to have that chat with your honey before the prior to.  With the photography piece of not seeing each other prior to isn’t impossible but you will want to consider that you have to take about 2 hrs after the ceremony to finish up the rest of the photos.

*Sigh*  Deep breath. Lots to think about but I hope this helped. Happy Wedding Planning!!!!



Rosetree Events

The ladies of Rosetree Events and I go way back to 2012 to when I first met Jenn in the parking lot of Northwestern College.  Jenn was sweet to say hello, introduce herself and on a mission to make the day of Holly and Adam a success.  I remember that day being seamless and organized.  I later met Janea at the reception.  She was the sweetest; greeted with a welcoming hug and showing me around.  From this very day the ladies of Rosetree and I have created a connection beyond a working relationship but a friendship as well.  For that I am very grateful.

It has been nothing but wonderful to watch Rosetree grow by leaps and bounds over the last 3 years.  From working two jobs, answering emails from home to quitting a full-time job and renting out a beautiful studio space. To find out that these ladies won THE KNOT’S BEST OF 2015 AWARD it didn’t surprise me one bit. AHHH!!!!!  I’m just so proud of you ladies, to have your friendship and to be apart of this journey.  I just want to hug you both right now. **Squeeeeeeeze**

Congratulations to Jenn & Janea of Rosetree Events!!!!!!!!!!!!