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    ENGAGEMENT SESSION TIPS

    ENGAGEMENT SESSION TIPS

    Engagement Sessions can feel a little bit overwhelming. Clients come to me with questions beforehand and I’m sure there are lots of people who are too shy to even ask. I thought I would take some of the uncertainty out of your engagement shoot ahead of time so that you can just relax and have fun!

    WHAT SHOULD WE WEAR?

    First and foremost you want to wear something you are comfortable in. If you aren’t comfortable it shows on your face and will ruin your pictures. As a photographer we can’t photoshop out a face of discomfort so find something you feel great in so you can be footloose and fancy-free!  That being said, don’t go overboard and wear workout clothes (unless you both are known as famous fitness instructors or found love at the gym). Try to find a happy medium between dressed up and casual. Your engagement pictures should look like you are both having a glorious day together in love. Make sure you can also move around in it. Some girls wear tight dresses and they wind up looking stiff in their photos. Long flowy dresses look great on camera because it has movement.  Here is a link to a Pinterest board to give you some ideas.  http://pin.it/HYrz7em

    HOW MANY DIFFERENT LOOKS SHOULD WE PREPARE?

    I like to keep it to two looks. One more casual and one more dressed up.

    SHOULD I GET MY HAIR AND MAKEUP DONE?

    Yes! Unless you are really good at doing your own makeup and hair I highly suggest you get your hair and makeup professionally done. Most of the time the makeup and hair person that does your wedding will offer a trial so take advantage of that! If you need suggestions for a hair and makeup artist I know a lot of good ones and will be happy to refer you to some.

    WHERE SHOULD WE TAKE THE PHOTOS?

    It’s always nice to pick a location that’s special to you as a couple. If you can’t think of anything though don’t stress. Here is a list of great places I recommend:

    Beach
    Venice Beach and the canals
    El Matador State Beach (permit required)
    Manhattan Beach Pier/ Redondo Beach
    Malibu State Beach Pier
    Adamson House ($200 permit fee)
    Laguna Beach
    Balboa Island
    City
    Walt Disney Concert Hall
    The Arts District
    Hermosa Vista Park
    Grand Park
    Grand Central Station
    LA Public Library
    Pasadena City Hall
    Schools
    UCLA
    USC
    Chapman University
    Claremont Colleges
    Park or Garden
    Descanso Gardens ($300 permit fee)
    Arboretum of Los Angeles ($50 permit plus entrance fee)
    Malibu Creek State Park ($250 permit M-F only)
    Solstice Canyon (permit required)
    South Coast Botanic Garden ($50 permit plus entrance fee)
    Oak Canyon Nature Center ($20 permit photo fee)
    Topanga State Park ($100 permit and 4 weeks notice)
    Irvine Great Park
    Griffith Observatory
    Agoura Hills Park
    Amusement Park
    Disneyland (must pay park ticket for the photographer)
    Other locations
    ($50 gas fee for these locations)
    JoshuaTree($15 permit fee)
    Palm Springs
    Lake Arrowhead
    Big Bear
    SHOULD I PLAN POSES AHEAD OF TIME?

    If you have a Pinterest board with some poses that you like make sure you share that with me. Otherwise, I will guide you on the day of.

    CAN WE BRING OUR PET?

    YES! I HIGHLY suggest you bring an extra person to help stand next to me with a treat or hold them so we can take some photos of just the two of you.

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    April 1, 2020

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