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Engagement Session Style Guide

Let the fun begin!

I’m so excited for your engagement session! Photographing engagement photos isn’t just about getting images for your save the date cards or a Guest Sign in Book. These photos will be timeless, because they will capture you and your fiancé in a more natural, relaxed setting. Plus, engagement sessions are a fantastic way for us to get to know each other a little better before your big day. We’ll test out some poses and I’ll get to know your personalities a little more, which will make your wedding day photos go a whole lot smoother. I’ve created this guide to help you get the most out of your photos, and by the time you’ve read through this, you'll have all your questions answered and feel more than ready and prepared for your session. Then I’ll take care of the rest! Your only job is to be yourself, laugh a lot and let me create photos you’ll love forever. I can’t wait to get you in front of my camera!

I most often photograph engagement sessions using only natural light. I do this because it's hard to beat the Southern California Golden Hour of perfect light. I begin all portrait sessions approximately 1.5 hours before the scheduled sunset during “the golden hour,” when the light is the best. To get the most out of your session, please plan a buffer when getting ready so you can arrive a few minutes early to your session and be ready to start on time. I’m only able to shoot when natural light is still in the sky, so I’ll want to take advantage of every minute we have together before the sun goes down. If you’re wearing two outfits, save your favorite one for the second half, and if you’re wearing one, arrive in that so that you are ready to go! It's also wise to discretely put the change of clothes in a small backpack or beach bag since we won't be purchasing a permit to shoot. (Most locations in So Cal,beach included, require a permit to do a photoshoot, but park rangers and cops usually turn a blind eye if we aren't bringing a crew with us. Regardless, I like us to keep a low profile)


Up to 2 hrs depending on location and theme chosen (i.e. Beach, Park, Nature Trail, City life)

Approx 100-150 images will be processed and delivered high res

You can order professional prints from us on on you own!

Sky enhancements and other retouching requests available for FREE on any print ordered thru us!


Want your engagement images to look more editorial? Props are fun, so bring a little extra something with you! A freshly-picked bouquet for you to hold, or fresh flowers to put on something else, like a bicycle basket, tree swing, picnic basket, car bumper or rowboat, is a fun way bring a little extra romance to everyday objects Parasol, Champagne toast, Picnic Basket, etc.