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!
I met Leandra and Spencer through my dear friend Denver-based photographer Ryan Dearth. These two are absolutely adorable! For their couple's session, we went all over Golden, Colorado (home of Buffalo Bill and the Coors brewery) and had a blast! The town is situated at the base of the Front Range of the Rockies, and has some of the most beautiful views in the Denver area. We managed to catch a perfect warm glow as the sun set over the mountains while these two laughed, kissed, and were all around sweet as pie. Their natural, relaxed style is so Coloradan, and I loved spending the day with them!
A quick browse of the Pinterest wedding boards or any major wedding blog will turn up enough dizzyingly perfect images to make your head spin. By following these guidelines, you too can have a fabulous styled shoot with your sweetheart!
To illustrate, here's one of of my favorite couple's sessions to date: Nick is a talented photographer who often second shoots for me at weddings, and Emma is his gorgeous girlfriend. They are irresistibly cute together, and the inspiration for this post.
When planning a portrait session with your sweetie, keeping in mind these tips will prevent your photos from looking overly styled, haphazard, or strained and leave you with meaningful, swoon-worthy results. Now - on to the tips!
1. Keep It Simple
We all love props, and they can go a long way in adding a playful feel to your photos. However, too many props, or props that don't fit into the theme you're after will distract more than help. Emma and Nick's casual and slightly bohemian style looks right at home next to a vintage VW Beetle with a floral arrangement creatively draped on the front bumper.
Talk to your photographer AND your partner in advance of the shoot about the mood you'd like to accomplish, and the day of will be much more seamless. Your photographer will likely have some great ideas about location and timing, and the more in tune you are as a couple, the more fun you'll have!
3. Have Fun!
It should go without saying, but it's easy to get caught up in the excitement and details of a styled shoot. By planning ahead and communicating you will be more relaxed, and with all the time you'll save by being prepared for the day of your shoot, there will be even more time for those fun, spontaneous shots that always end up being our favorites.
It's finally getting warmer in Charleston and that means it's a perfect time for family portraits! On Sunday March 22nd, I'm offering several 30 minute portrait sessions for only $150. Each session will include an online gallery with the option to order individual prints or you can pre-purchase the hi-res files when you book (look for the add-on option while booking) for an additional $200. Book your session here!