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Month: October 2021

Ariana V
How to Prepare for Your Engagement Photo Session

Woo-hoo! You’ve leveled up your relationship to the next level.

I like to think of myself as your professional bestie. From one bestie to another, here are some of my pro-tips for how to prepare for an engagement session with me as your photographer.

Your recent engagement is something to share with the world! What better way to flaunt your undying love for each other than with a professional photo session. You have much to plan and prepare for, so maybe you’re wondering where to start.

No worries though, I’ve got your back. Hiring me as your engagement photographer in advance will show you why I’m the best choice as your wedding photographer, too.

The best part about investing in a professional engagement session with me is that I genuinely care about highlighting the uniqueness of your bond. Plus, you’ll gain first-hand experience with my expertise, style, professional chemistry, and the artistic eye that I have for encapturing the essence of your love.


Pro-Tip: Nobody knows your love better than you and your partner.

As your professional bestie and photographer, I want to do everything I can to make sure that your love shines through in the most glorious ways.

Are you and your partner romantic and playful, or do you prefer a traditional look?

Perhaps your love is versatile, fostering various sentiments and shifting from day-to-day. After all, feelings constantly flow and change–love is no exception.

Knowing what the sentiment of your relationship is serves as an important starting point for getting the most out of our engagement session together.

Professional engagement photos are a prime opportunity to show the world why you are made for each other, and it all starts with getting clear about what you want that to look like for you and your future spouse.


Brainstorming Activity:

Create a list with your partner where you brainstorm themes for your professional engagement session. Feel free to write down the ridiculous ideas too! Not only will they surely make you chuckle, but doing this also makes room in your brain for ideas that are more aligned with the aesthetic you wish to articulate in your professional photos. Be sure to include ideas for props that you can incorporate to home in on your desired aesthetic as well.


Pro-tip: Location, location, location.

Did I mention location? This is one of the most important steps in getting the most out of your professional engagement photos. You want the backdrop of your images to mirror the sentiment and aesthetic of your bond and love for one another.

Whether you’re in nature, amid sun rays during the golden hour, or engaging in all your favorite activities while I tag along like a fly-on-the-wall, your background carries a sentimental value that I want to exude with every image.

If you’re having trouble narrowing it down to one location, always feel free to ask me for some ideas. As your professional bestie AND photographer, I have insider tips on the best locations.

Once I know the overall aesthetic and vision of your photos, I am well-equipped to guide you to the right location for our session.


Pro-tip: Practice strategic time management.

Don’t wait too long after your successful proposal to schedule an engagement photo session. Besides, if your proposal was recent then you’ve also got plenty of endorphins coursing through your veins.

It’s also important to consider the time of day you want our session to take place. For example, if your goal is to capture a passionate kiss during the “Golden Hour” (aka an hour before sunset), then be sure to let me know so that I can schedule our session appropriately.

If you’re planning to create “Save the Date” cards, then you can also use professional, beautiful, and genuine shots from our session!


Pro-tip: Let loose, let live, and let YOUR love shine.

You can expect to feel comfortable and free to be your genuine selves. Feel free to get lost in the moment, too.

I want your photos to look as natural as your love for each other. So let loose, let live, and let YOUR love shine. If there are props that speak to your similar passions, interests, or hobbies, then I want you to bring them! I’ll be sure to find ways to artistically incorporate your personal touch throughout our session.

Pro-tip: Category is…FASHION!

Another great way to highlight your personality is through outfit coordination. What you and your partner choose to wear can compliment the sentiment that you, without a doubt, complete each other.

Don’t be shy, accessorize!

Wear your favorite bow-tie and jewelry. Accessories that enrich the overall sentiment of your personality and love are highly encouraged…and who doesn’t love a pair of matching shoes? TWINNING!


Above all, our session is all about highlighting your love and genuine bond. I am honored for the opportunity to gracefully showcase this intimacy, while also providing you with lasting memories that you can share for generations to come.

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