What to Look for in a Location for an Engagement Session

I think Engagement Sessions are a big deal. So big that they are complimentary in every wedding collection I offer. Engagement sessions are an ideal way for you to see how well you and your photographer will work together. It’s also great for you and your soon-to-be spouse to practice perfecting your poses for your wedding day portraits. And the images are perfect for save the date cards or even holiday cards. I bet you will even have fun!

But where should you schedule your engagement session? I have tons of suggested locations, but consider these tips to help you choose a location that has significance and meaning to you as a couple.

1. Choose a Place That Fits You as a Couple

Do you have a favorite coffee shop? Go there. Spend most of your evenings dueling it out over scrabble? Set up a session at home. The location of your engagement shoot should be one you two are comfortable in. You don’t have to go all out and glamorous if you both are more the laid back and casual. Nor do you have to search for an open field to shoot in if you’d rather shoot in front of a street mural. The location can be any place that will allow you two to act naturally and can have a story behind it.

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2. Take the Sun Into Consideration.

If you are choosing a location because of the sunset or sunrise you’ll have to schedule your session accordingly. You’ll also want to take into consideration the season as well where the sunset starts later or earlier. If you are shooting at multiple locations for your engagement session don’t forget to account for travel time.  If you’re going for a sunset or sunrise backdrop you may want to keep your locations closer together to give you more time.

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3. Consider the Visuals and Background

Whether you are going for a rustic or urban look, brainstorm some locations that have interesting backgrounds. Find some interesting architecture or brick walls for an urban feel or fields and trails for a more urban and country feel. Try not to choose a location that has too much foot traffic since this can result in your images getting photo bombed by a passerby.

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Be sure to check out my Engagement Session Gallery to see lots of location ideas.

Are you ready to inquire about a date or other questions for your big day? Contact me here…let’s chat!

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Top 7 Photos With Your Bridesmaids That You Absolutely Need

There are plenty of photos you have probably considered taking on your wedding day. From getting ready, the ceremony to pictures with your family and of course with the groom but what about the ladies that are helping you and have helped throughout the entire wedding planning process? While you know you’ll have some time to take group shots of the entire bridal party you’ll want to make sure you have these photos with your bridesmaids as you get ready on your big day.

1. Showcase The Back of the Dress

The back of a wedding dress is hidden with beautiful details you’ll want to capture. You can pose with all of the bridesmaids to show off their dresses as well or have some great close ups of the bridesmaids helping button, zipper or lace up the back of your dress.

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2. Having Fun

As you are getting ready everyone’s nerves are a little on edge because everyone wants to look their best. There will be moments when you just need to let loose to relax a little and having a little dance party, jumping on the bed or just being silly are moments that can make for great photo opportunities.

3. Celebrating Shot

You’re getting married! There is bound to be a bottle or two of champagne being opened in the bride’s honor. Take a minute to pause as you toast away your single life with your bridesmaids for a picture perfect shot.

4. Matching Robes or Shirts

Most brides will have getting ready attire for their bridesmaids and you’ll want to capture everyone in their cute and thoughtful pre-wedding wear.wedding, wedding photography, wedding photographer, oklahoma wedding photography, oklahoma wedding photographer, oklahoma city wedding photography, oklahoma city wedding photographer, okc wedding photography, tulsa wedding photography, dallas wedding photography, north texas wedding photography, bride, groom, photos, engagement, bridal, bridesmaid, wedding dress, christie conyer photography, dresser mansion

5. Bouquets and Bridesmaids Dresses

Bouquets won’t last a lifetime but the pictures you have of them will. The bridesmaids and bride bouquet shot is one that you will want to have. There are many ways you can showcase the bouquets as well as the bridesmaid’s dresses. From lining everyone up and holding their bouquets out to the camera or hiding their faces to forming a circle around the bride; this is another shot that you can get creative with.

6. The Shoe Shot

You can’t forget about the shoes and what about those pedicures? You’ll want to get a group shot that showcases everyone’s shoes.

7. First Look With The Bridesmaids

You have heard about the first look for the bride and groom but what about when the bridal party sees the bride for the first time? The bride’s first reveal to her bridal party can result in some emotional and memorable photo opportunities.

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Let’s chat about how I can help you on your big day! Contact me at info@christieconyer.com

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I love capturing small intimate weddings.  They are so personal and time seems to move by at a pace where you can take it all in. I photographed Kelly and Russ’s wedding at Hafer Park on the exact spot where he proposed. The backdrop was a a handmade teepee draped in flowers and displayed the coordinates of that special site. They were joined by a few friends and family which sat on picnic blankets to view the nuptials. After the ceremony they celebrated with a toast of champagne and a silver platter full of Oreos (my kind of party). It was a beautiful day with perfect weather and tons of love. Happy wedding day to Kelly and Russ!

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