connecticut engagement photography

My fun and relaxed approach to engagement photography and session with couples focuses on bringing out your real emotions and natural moments together. There won’t be any "say cheese!" going on, but there is a pretty good chance I will crack a few corny jokes or ask you to do something super silly to help bring out your natural smiles and laughs. My goal is to make photos that make you feel something. This happens when the lovers in front of my camera aren't worried about me or my camera, or their surroundings, or what's for dinner. They're focused on each other in that moment, being together and in love.

Slow down. Be in the moment. Enjoy each other's company.
Basically we just have ton of fun while you love birds soak up your time together, and I capture it all.

Before Your Session:
 

Location:

Choosing a location is one of the most important elements to your engagement photos. I photograph almost all engagement sessions using only natural light. I do this because this type of light makes for stunning photographs and is flattering on skin. An hour or two before sunset is the best time of day for photographs in natural light. We can scope out a new location together or your photo location can be somewhere meaningful to you. Maybe the area where you met, where the proposal happened, or a park you visit often. Connecticut is full of wonderful places for your photography session.

Outfits:

My number one tip (besides being comfy)...don't be completely matching. Picking a color palette of three to four colors and add them into each outfit. Choose one of the colors to be a neutral tone and bring the other shades into the shirt, dress, layered with a cardigan or other accessories.

Long, flowy dresses and skirts look amazing on camera because they bring extra movement to the photos. Especially when juxtaposed with nature. You can also pair jeans with an oversize sweater and accessorize with a scarf or chunky necklace. Adding jewelry, scarves, hats and cardigans are a great way to add layers, texture, and a pop of color to your photos. Add in another color from your palette into your spouse’s shirt or layered with their v-neck sweater.

I have some What To Wear boards put together on Pinterest with some examples of putting colors and patterns together: What To Wear.  
If at any point you have any questions, or you'd like to snap a few photos of the outfits you are thinking about, feel free to send me an email or give me a call! I'd love to help.

What happens if it rains?

I will make a call on the day of the session (or the night before if it is an early morning session) Weather tends to move back all over the place and I wouldn't want to jump the gun on a reschedule. If the weather is calling for a total wash out, we will reschedule the session. However it does not have to be bright and sunny outside for the session to take place. Moody storm clouds are actually some of my favorite conditions to shoot in. Bring an umbrella in case the clouds open up on us, and embrace the day!

What happens if I have to reschedule?

I understand that life sometimes gets in the way of our plans-- people get sick, unexpected things happen, and you may have to cancel our session. I just ask that you try to give me 24 hours notice if at all possible. We will then find a date to re-schedule. Don't stress!

 

During your Session:

Let’s just get this out of the way. I am a big weirdo. There, I said it. I am not afraid to make a fool of myself to get you guys to let your guard down and bust out some natural laughs and smiles during your photo session.

Everyone has their own way of expressing themselves and their love. It's what makes every session unique, and it makes your images more personal and intimate. I'll fix things like hand position, head and shoulder angle, and stances. Everything else is unique to the both of you.

With all of my sessions, I never expect everyone to be looking at the camera and smiling to have the "perfect portrait." If it happens naturally I will absolutely capture it. I encourage connection  with and loving each other's company. I will be moving all around, capturing different views, close ups and pull backs. I have a knack for anticipating a moment just before it happens and capturing the moment at hand.

I never want you to feel pressured to perform or be forced to give me fake smiles.

I will guide you a small amount at first as you are warming up to having a camera on you, but honestly within the first few minutes we will be chatting, snapping photos, laughing and having fun. When your time in front of the camera is spent genuinely having fun with your loved one...your beauty shines. 

After your session:

You will leave our session feeling like you just had a fun afternoon with your partner, and a photographer happened to be there to capture timeless moments for you.
I can't count how many times couples have contacted me after their thanking me for how easy and stress free their photography session was. 

About three weeks after your session, your images will be fully edited for you to view in an online password protected gallery.
Your purchased digital images will be a available for immediate download and your purchased prints and products will be shipped directly to you.
You  have the option of ordering a la carte prints, canvas', and products straight from your gallery, from a professional, high quality printing lab.
If you are opting to print your images at another print lab other than the one connected to your gallery, I strongly suggest you do research into finding one with high quality to ensure you get the most out of your investment.

Using a high quality print lab is an extremely important part of this process.

As mentioned, the print lab connected right to your gallery is a print lab used by professionals all over the globe. Is is the print lab I personally use for all of my own family's printing needs. I have even taken the extra step and submitted my own images to ensure the printing lab is calibrated to be in sync with my photography editing software to get color correct prints in high quality. 

Along with your high resolution images you will receive lower resolution images perfectly sized for social media sharing. Those social media sized images will also be in a personalized smartphone app for you to download and have access to your gallery right from your phone! Perfect for social media sharing along with showing off your gallery right from your phone while you are out with friends and family.

PRINTing

I have provided you with the highest quality images possible, edited how I believe they will print the best.  Some images (particularly those shot in low light) may have visible digital noise when enlarged too much. This is normal, but may not be aesthetic. In those cases, black and white might be a better option. As always, do not let labs auto-color correct your prints. When printed, your images may not match what you see on your computer screen if your monitor is not professionally calibrated.

BACK IT UP

Download your purchased digital images immediately. Make copies of your files and save to an external hard-drive and in multiple locations. Even store one in a safety deposit box. I can’t guarantee the ability to replace lost or damaged files. Your final images are backed-up by me for a period of twelve (12) months.

I can not wait to meet you!

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