In September I found out I’d be moving from my home state, where I had lived my whole life, to Washington state, clear on the other side of the country. My husband is in the Navy and had been given orders, and so off we went. In October, we took a week and a half to drive here, and saw some amazing sights. Unfortunately I didn’t pull my camera out until we hit North Dakota, I really wish I’d captured Wisconsin. But I got some great shots nevertheless.
I shot Samantha & Jonathan’s engagement shoot last October, and could tell they were going to be an easy going fun couple. Sam and her bridesmaids were all such sweet close girls and Jonathan’s groomsmen were so much fun. The whole group was just a barrel of laughs.
Seeing the couple tear up during their vows, and goof off before the ceremony you knew their love was something special. They say you should marry your best friend and they definitely did. The day was full of love, laughter, and happiness and I was so honored to capture it.
Venue & Planners
Ashley and Kyle at The Smithville Inn
The Smithville Inn
The Bake Works
The Barefoot Bride
Sublime Hair Boutique
If you just got engaged and are going down a checklist for wedding planning, don’t hesitate to book your take engagement photos. Engagement photos are a fairly new thing. Over the past 5-10 years they’ve become pretty standard, but a lot of people are still skeptical on why they need them. Engagement photos are a great way to prepare for your wedding day, and they are a lot of fun!
Capture How You Feel Now
Being engaged is a just a stepping stone to the next step with your partner. But the feeling of preparing, planning, and getting hyped for your wedding day and new life together is a beautiful thing. You’re giddy, happy, nervous, and in love.
Get to Know Your Photographer
I include engagement sessions in all of my wedding photography packages because I think it really helps us get to know each other. An hour in front of my camera helps us interact, and helps me know the best way to bring out your natural reactions on camera, because everyone and every couple is unique. It’s good to meet and spend some time together before the big day because any stress alleviated helps.
Use your Engagement photos on save the dates
Posting your photos on Facebook and social media is fun, but it’s especially nice to have a current cute shot of the two of you to send out as Save the Dates.
Get Comfortable in Front of the camera
Most people haven’t had professional photos done that often, so it’s normal to be nervous to be constantly photographed on your wedding day. Taking engagement photos is a good practice run to see how you’ll feel. I love to take photos when you two are interacting and not posed and ready, to really help ease the stress and capture a natural scene.