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Tiffany & Nick | Charleston Engagement Photography

I just love love love these two! Tiffany and Nick met at a LSU football game house party, and it was pretty much love at first sight. Both Louisiana natives, Nick recently moved to Charleston for residency at MUSC while Tiffany works as a Speech-Language Pathologist. Despite the distance, it's pretty easy to tell that they are ecstatic to tie the knot. Their fall engagement shoot in Historic Charleston was absolutely perfect - cobblestone, burnished leaves, and that crisp feeling? Yes please!  

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Lauren & Cole | North Carolina Engagement Photography

As a photographer, I've learned that the unexpected can bring pure magic to a great session. When it rained the day of Lauren and Cole's engagement session, they not only took it in stride - they popped a bottle of champagne under a cute umbrella and made this one of my favorite fall engagement shoots yet! Lauren and I went to high school together, and were sorority sisters in college. She and Cole fell in love and got engaged at his lake house, where we took some of my favorite shots of the day after a visit to the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in Charlotte. The story as Lauren tells it:

"We fell in love after college, but have known each other for years! Cole had just graduated from UNCC and I had just finished my Masters at ASU when a mutual friend asked me if I wanted to go out on Lake Wylie with a group of her friends. Little did I know that day would change my life forever. It was actually Cole's boat that we were going out on that day. Cole and I were instantly drawn to each other and have been since that first day on the lake. He even took me back to the lake to propose, saying this is where it all began...tear!"

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Jaron & Andi | San Francisco Wedding Photography

It's always so much fun to shoot with friends, and Jaron (who got me on a helicopter) and Andi (his gorgeous bride-to-be) were no exception! These images are some of my most favorite to date. It's not often that I have couples that want to shoot their engagement session during sunrise (this is the second one, ever). A little back story: we were actually scheduled to shoot their engagement photos the day before but had to be a bit more flexible due to missed flight connections. So we decided - a sunrise session it would be. After enjoying the sunrise over at Bernal Heights Hill, we stopped by a few other favorite locations (Ghirardelli Square) and decided to head home to spend some QT with their adorable fur child, Wesley! Their ear-to-ear grins are infectious and I'm so excited for their fall wedding next year! 

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3 Tips for Choosing Your Session Location | Mia & Mike | California Wedding Photography

 

So, you and your sweetheart are ready for some professional photos together. Yay! While your photographer will offer great suggestions, it's always smart to give some thought to what you'd like to accomplish in advance of your session. Several factors go into making a fabulous couple's shoot, and today we're going to talk about - you guessed it -  location, location, location!

1. Texture

While natural settings with lush greenery are always pretty, you'll get more bang for your buck by selecting a few varied options. From architectural details to urban art and floral arbors, creatively using the surroundings will give you a more interesting set of photos. I'm delighted with what we captured during Mike and Mia's Los Angeles couple's session -  bright geometric art, sunny street shots, and even rustic-looking wood gave us tons of options, all without leaving the city!

2. Accessibility

In an urban setting, rooftops, museums, and fancy locations have their appeal, and can make for gorgeous photos. That said, some may require permits or other arrangements to be made prior to your session and can add to the overall cost. If you have your heart set on a place like this, talk to your photographer and do some research beforehand to avoid annoying hang-ups the day of. Accessibility is also important to consider in a natural location - if you're shooting on a mountain, make sure to have a way to the top figured out before showing up, and wear appropriate shoes (or carry the cute ones to change into!)

3. Keep the focus on YOU

With all that said, a talented photographer needs nothing more than good light and a happy couple to take great photos.  Selecting a location that you are familiar with, or that has special meaning to you as a couple will show in the finished product. The focus is on you and your love for each other, not fancy buildings or landscapes, though they sure can look nice. For example, while they are wearing casual outfits on a city street, Mia and Mike absolutely glow while stealing smooches on their bikes in the afternoon light. No fancy trips needed!

Finally, talk to your photographer! We live for this stuff, and are here to guide you in making your engagement portrait session or couple's shoot a complete success!