Why should we have an engagement session?
There are lots of reasons why you should have an engagement session! First, many couples don't have many great, professional portraits of them together. Yes, you will have your wedding images together, but its really nice to have more casual images of the two of you. Engagement photos make great gifts for your parents, friends, etc. Engagement images are also a great way to personalize your wedding, you can use them as part of your centerpieces, invitations, guestbook, etc. Lastly (and probably most importantly), an engagement session is an awesome way to get to know your photographer and for them to get to know yall! You want to feel really comfortable with your photographer on your wedding day since emotions will be running high-- the last thing you want is a stranger with a camera in your face! By doing an engagement session with our couples, we get to know each other, we get a chance to see how you interact with each other and we get feedback on the kind of images you like or dislike. Once the wedding day rolls around, we are old friends and everything is just easier!
How much is an engagement session?
For couples who have reserved us for their wedding day, an engagement session is $500 and includes all the final retouched digital files. For couples who have not reserved their wedding with us, the session is $129 and all prints and products are purchased separately.
When should we do our engagement session?
This is really up to you and often depends on whether you need the images for Save the Date cards, invitations, etc. The session can be done anywhere from a year in advance to a week in advance. You probably want to consider the time of year when you schedule your engagement session, as the late spring and summer months in Tallahassee can be a tad warm for an outdoor session! Once you are ready to book your session, we can usually get you on the calendar within 2-3 weeks, depending on how flexible your schedule is.
Where are good locations in Tallahassee for engagement photos?
There are so many! We try to work with our couples to chose a location that matches their personal style or that has sentimental value for them. It can be the place you met, where he proposed, or where y'all like to spend time. If you want a traditional look to your images, we might suggest Maclay Gardens. If you are more contemporary, downtown Tallahassee has a lot of great spots. If you are big Seminole fans, we might do the session at FSU. Really, there are no limits as to where your session can be done!
What should we wear for engagement portraits?
This depends a lot on your personal style. Some couples want a really casual look in jeans, while others want something fancier or trendier. Your attire should definitely match your location, so jeans would be perfect for a country or beach location and something dressier would be great in downtown. Whatever style you choose, there are a few things that will always hold true:
- Darker colors are more slimming
- Solids photograph better than patterns
- sleeves will make arms appear slimmer
- clothing should be fitted, but not too tight (loose or drapey clothing will make you look larger in photographs)
- clothing should not need a lot of adjustments to lay correctly
- You should both wear similar tones- both in light colors or both in darker colors. if one person is in much lighter clothing, they will appear washed out in the images.
- you do not need to match if you don't want to. consider complimentary colors, or colors in the same palette.
What should we order from our engagement session?
This totally depends on you! Some couples choose to do a wall collection of gallery wrapped canvases, others want an engagement signature album and some others want to do save the date cards. Pretty much anything you can imagine, we can make happen for you!