Now that you have your venue, date, a photographer you can celebrate. Those are some of the toughest decisions in wedding planning, and you can cross them off your list! Now on to some more fun stuff, like your engagement session. I include an engagement session in The Wedding Experience because I truly believe that they are a vital part of the entire process. During your engagement session, you'll have the chance to get to know me, experience how I shoot and how I handle posing and lighting. This session will make a huge impact on how the wedding day flows.

I'll arrive on your wedding day already knowing how you interact, what your best poses are and how to photograph you in a genuine way. You will feel like such a pro on your big day because of the great practice you had during your engagement session, and that's how it should be.

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Your engagement session can be scheduled anytime before your wedding day. I normally suggest booking it at least 3-6 months in advance to avoid stress.

Because my weekends are usually spent shooting weddings, I shoot engagements on weekday evenings, normally from 5pm-7pm depending on the light and the time of year. In the winter months, 3pm-5pm is a normal time frame. As you start planning your engagement shoot, you will need to start brainstorming about some location ideas. I love it when couples pick a location that is special or sentimental to them in some way. If you can't think of anywhere specific that your would like to shoot, I can help you decide a location. As long as the light is great, I can make any location look awesome. I shoot on farms, campuses, downtown alleys and even laundry mats! I'm serious! Do not shy away from crazy ideas. The more creative, the better. Be sure to keep reading to find out more about outfit ideas and inspiration.