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!


A Signature Welcome Summer Editorial Shoot | Charleston Wedding Photography


Sessions with the lovely ladies over at A Signature Welcome are always a treat to share, and even more fun to shoot! Emily and Lindsay met their freshman year at the University of Georgia, and a decade later found themselves reunited in Charleston. Both avid wedding style and design junkies, the pair dreamed up A Signature Welcome to create perfectly curated custom welcome gifts for weddings and events. Not only are they drop dead gorgeous, these two have some serious styling skills, with professional backgrounds in fashion and the wedding magazine industries. Their attention to luxe detail is unparalleled, yet their work is delightfully cheerful and unpretentious. We had so much fun with this sun-drenched styled shoot! From the cool vintage Land Rover to a beach picnic, days with these two always end in smiles.