Preparing for your Engagement Session

Every wedding package includes an E-Session.  Let’s talk about that…


1) It’s usually short, but also one of the most important, busy, and magical times of your life.  No one regrets slowing down for a minute and celebrating with some portraits.  Those images – like the ones from your wedding – will become even more important down the road.

2) It’s a great ice-breaker.  If you’re not used to being professionally photographed, it’s a nice way to get your toes wet.  Especially for the guys.  This will help you jump right in when the big day comes.  With the limited time we’ll have on your wedding day, you’ll much more easily fall into taking portraits together and we’ll already know what works best for you (from your perspective as well as ours).  Generally, it also takes away the dread from having a camera pointed at you.

3) It gives us a chance to get to know each other personally – and through the camera.  The process and our presence will feel much more familiar on your wedding day.  And you’ll have a chance to see which kinds of photos we take that you especially like so we can focus on those on the big day.

4) Of course, the photos can be used for announcements, gifts, websites, or even at your reception. We offer custom-designed Signature Books as well as Greeting Cards, which are professionally press-printed and made to your specs.  Delicious.

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We’re pretty flexible, but Sundays are generally the best.  We’ll work with you on coordinating a day and time for your shoot.  You’ll want to be sure you have enough time afterward to choose photos for announcements or invites.

If you think you might like to have us design/print Greeting Cards for you, we recommend 9-12 weeks from shoot to a physical product.  For a Signature Book, you’ll want to make sure there’s plenty of time to design, confirm, and print (minimum of 2.5-3 months before the wedding).


There’s nothing wrong with “Balboa Park or the beach”.  But is that your first choice or an idea planted by another couple? Finding a place that speaks to your story or personality is preferred.

And it doesn’t necessarily have to be ‘pretty’. The focus of the photographs will be YOU so the location is honestly not that critical. Wherever it is, we’ll do our job and find the best light and most interesting spots available.

Don’t get too ambitious. One or two simple locations in close proximity can easily last 2 hours or more. Keep in mind the traffic, parking, backgrounds, privacy, and anything else that will affect your mood and the flow of the day.

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Consider what you’d like to wear.  Mid-tone solids are usually best but make sure you’re comfy – and you.  Some of our couples have a more relaxed style and others want to dress to the nines.  Totally up to you.

There’s no right or wrong answer, but try to something that will look good for many years. You can change as many times as you’d like, but it’s a bit overrated. Not changing repeatedly gives us more time to shoot and not carrying clothes around is a good thing.


It’s usually ideal to start a couple hours before sunset.  That’ll give us a chance to use the best light of the day, and mix it up with a few sunset/twilight photos.  Most sessions are about 2 hours, but we’ve had shorter and much longer.  Depends how much fun we’re having… on a scale of 9-10.


Feel free to get creative. Choose places and activities that really help you express who you are as a couple. If you wanna role-play, relive a moment, or have a theme we’re all for having some fun with it! This is basically like you on a date with your own personal photographer tagging along.

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We’re very casual in the way we approach photography.  But we’ll prompt you here and there to avoid “I don’t know what to do with my hands” moments.  The more you do on your own, the less we’ll “direct”. We just want to make sure you’re enjoying yourselves and that you end up with images you love.

Typically, we’ll get your engagement session images to you in an online account 4-7 weeks after the shoot. Once you get them, you can share the gallery with friends, and use it to decide if you’d like to get cards, prints or a signature book