Emily and Thomas Outdoor Themed Engagement Session
I‘m so excited to share Emily and Thomas super cute engagement session with you guys! I love when my couples get creative and really think their engagement session through by starting an inspiration board. The best way to start is by creating a Pinterest Board with Pins that reflect your personalities. If you love photography, maybe pin some Vintage cameras, or if you love to read, pin some books, library photos, reading glasses etc. These Pins will form a base for your engagement Theme, and lots of ideas will come out of them. Emily and Thomas wanted an outdoor themed Engagement session that represented their personalities and their relationship along with their love for the outdoors.
Emily happens to be super creative and brought some adorable props to our session including custom pillows, a pick-up truck for some snuggling pictures, a fishing boat, and their dog! Fun Moment of the day: We rushed to get on the fishing boat to catch the sunset on the lake and got pretty wet on our way there! The boat cruised at full speed to catch the last slivering of the sun as it set on the horizon. It was a warm and windy day, but the sky was blue with just a few passing clouds. It was really a blast and the pictures are just as fun and adorable. Hope you enjoy their sneak peek!
Scheduling your engagement session is exciting, but figuring out what to wear can be a bit confusing and a tedious process. Bellow are some of my top tips on what to wear during your engagement session.
1. Wear something that makes you feel beautiful AND Confident.
Try to wear something that highlights your best assets and flatters any flaws (which we all have!).
If you love your legs, wear a nice cocktail dress with heels. If you don’t like your arms, wear something with a bit of arm coverage. The point is, you don’t want to be tugging and pulling your clothing during your session. Wearing something that makes you feel confident, comfortable and beautiful is key to beautiful pictures.
2. Dress up
Wear clothing that is a bit more festive then you normally would wear. After all, the engagement session is a celebration of you two! I always suggest to bring two outfits- one semi casual, and a more formal one.
Think jeans, heels and a nice blouse for your first outfit with your second outfit being more dressy / formal such as a strapless cocktail dress or a long flowing maxi dress. For him, pick a nice pair of jeans/ slacks with loafers or casual dress shoes with two button down variations. A bow tie / tie is optional.
3. Color coordinate, but don’t match.
I always suggest complimentary colors, not matching colors. Wear a color scheme that is complimentary such as Navy and Red, or Peach and Beige. I suggest bringing a lighter colored outfit and a darker outfit for variety. I don’t suggest matching colors as it might look too “Family portrait-y”. I just created my own word!
4. less is more!
Over cluttered outfits or overly trendy outfits might look great today, but might not look amazing 5 years from now. Less is always more! Here are some great dress options:
Samantha and Austin’s Downtown Church Street Engagement Photography
Church Street in Downtown Orlando has always been a bit of a tricky place to photograph due to the endless crowds dining at the many restaurants there or just passing through. It is often considered as the heart of downtown orlando.
However when I heard that Samantha and Austin’s wedding theme was a 1920’s look, I knew that the historic architecture that makes downtown Church street so special would be the perfect backdrop for their engagement pictures. The area is deeply rooted in Orlando’s history and was developed around the City’s original train station. The Old Orlando Railroad Depot, dedicated in January of 1890 is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is a local historic landmark.
Our engagement session started right at sunset. The lighting was lovely and added that golden glow and light flares to the pictures. My assistant Luis helped tow around my lighting as we jumped on over to photograph outside the Ballroom at Church Street; a potential venue for the couples upcoming wedding.
The funny thing is, I was editing these pictures while watching “Singing in the Rain”. How befitting!
Valentines Day Disney’s Boardwalk Engagement Session
When this beautiful Canadian couple gave me 100% artistic freedom for our engagement session, I knew it would be an amazing photoshoot from the get-go.
Our session was divided so that we would photograph 50 % while the sun was out / sunset and 50% at night time using artificial lighting. And what better backdrop for this then Disney’s Boardwalk! The Boardwalk has incredible ambiance during the evenings as well as a wide variety of backdrops which allows for a very diverse portfolio. I armed myself with my B1 Profoto light to backlight the couple and get that studio look that I love.
This was actually shot on Valentines day, hence the super cute heart shaped balloons! The theme could not be anymore appropriate for the newly engaged couple. We had a blast incorporating them into our shoot.
Funny moment: I was on guard watching the balloons while the couple changed into their second outfit of the day. I had a bunch of couples approach me to purchase a ballon for their loved ones. Apparently, having balloons at the boardwalk is a great business on Valentines day! lol