You’re unique, your love is unique, so your engagement session should be unique too. It’s what I love about creating an engagement session that takes into account what you and your partner love to do, what activities you enjoy together and what kinds of memories you want to make. This is why I create an engagement session that you’ll remember forever by taking what you love and adding a little photography spice to it.
How to create an engagement session that you’ll remember forever
During the initial consultation, I’m going to ask you a bunch of questions that try to get to the heart of who you are as a couple. What’s your biggest adventure? What do you like to do as a couple? This forms the base of my engagement session ideas.
Next, I send you a couples questionnaire where I ask more questions about what would be your perfect day. I ask you questions like what’s your dream date? What do you like doing in your spare time? Your favourite time of year? etc. etc.
From there I come up with some fun ways to incorporate your ideas with some creative ideas and I give you some location and date options.
Then the real magic begins!
Why do an activity during an engagement shoot?
Activities, like having a bonfire, going paddling, eating pizza, etc, are a great way to feel more confident in front of the camera. You already know you enjoy sitting in front of a bonfire, so let’s add that magic to your engagement session.
If you’re feeling nervous at all, activities can help distract you and keep you focused on each other rather than me.
I do my best to make you feel comfortable and relaxed in front of the camera so you can focus on your partner smiling in front of you.
Other ways to make your engagement session meaningful
The best part about doing an engagement session is that it is a time to be silly, goof off, have fun and just enjoy each other. With weddings, there are plenty of little details to consider, but with an engagement session, you can just show up in your favourite outfit and let me do the rest.
But you want to make sure that you look back on your engagement photos and remember having a good time, in an amazing place, so here are some other ways you can make your engagement session meaningful.
- Pick a location that means something to you (not just a pretty place). After I get your questionnaires back, I’ll give you a couple of option locations that might fit you, but if you have a place that means the world to you, then, by all means, let’s take photos there. Maybe it’s the place of your first date, or where you got engaged.
- If you’re not tied to a specific location, then pick a setting that you love. If you don’t enjoy visiting the city, then let’s go out in the country. If you love road trips, why not hit some back roads with your vehicle? There are so many options.
- Show up as yourself. The best way to have timeless, meaningful engagement photos is to be yourself. If you love to have fun, then let’s have fun. If you’re laid back, then let’s choose a relaxing activity
- Remember why you’re doing this. Engagement photos are more than just a check off the to-do list. The photos mark the beginning of a new chapter in your lives. It celebrates who you are in the moment. It’s a time to create stronger bonds with each other. So if you’re feeling a little overwhelmed, just look at your partner and remember that they’re the reason. <3
Campfire and S’mores engagement session
When it comes to summers, I always think of backyard bonfires, a chorus of crickets, music and tasty s’mores.
When Jake and Jackie described their dream date as being “in the middle of nowhere, on top of a mountain, sitting around a fire at sunset. Making s’mores, singing songs” with each other and their dog, Lou, I knew that we could make that happen here in Ontario.
Using their beautiful family property where Jake popped the question, we had fun exploring and creating beautiful memories around a campfire.