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        I could start by telling you what is most common, the best colors to photograph, outfits that are in style, etc. BUT I want to start with the fact that I want you to look at these photos when you’re old and gray and see exactly who you were at this point in time. Wear what makes you happy, what make you feel the most like who you are, but if you need a little guidance, I’m here to help!

        Most of the time, my engagement sessions allow for two outfits. I suggest showing up in what feels most like “you” to get started. This allows you to feel comfortable as we begin the session, when you may be feeling a little nervous (trust me, I know the feeling). Not only that, but it allows me get to know you and your style a little better. This could be your trusty pair of Levi’s and your favorite vintage top, or that outfit in your closet that is your go-to on the days that you’re just feelin’ yourself- whatever feels like you!

        As a second option I encourage a “dressier” option, that still holds true to your personal style and aesthetic – but is a little more grandma approved, a “framer” for to show-off to your family and friends. This is a good time to pull out that free flowing maxi dress, and your favorite pair of earrings. For the fellas, maybe bust out a button down and some slacks that make you feel sharp. Again, I want you to feel like who YOU are, so if this isn’t it, do your thing! Add some flair that brings it back to you. I’m not here to tell you what to do, but it is nice to have a somewhat formal outfit aside from what you’ll be wearing on your wedding day.

        Lastly, I’ll tell you all of those things that every other photographer will tell you. Compliment each other in color schemes, try not to go too crazy with a ton of different colors. Neutral, and earthy tones do tend to photograph better, and are less likely to reflect crazy hues on your skin. I love to photograph clothing that has movement, breezy fabrics, a fun tassled jacket, etc. Next, think about the location that you will be having the photos taken into consideration, you want to be somewhat cohesive to the surrounding environments.

        In conclusion, these photos are what YOU as a couple choose for them to be. I am 10000% here for off-the-wall ideas and do not think that you should ever stick to guidelines if they don’t feel true to who you are. Always feel free to bounce ideas off your photographer, and think outside of the norm. This is supposed to be a fun time, and not something to be over thought or dreaded. I hope some of you find this helpful, and happy engagement my friends!

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