I am a big fan of engagement sessions for a few reasons. First, they allow you to get comfortable in front of the camera. It takes time for most couples to warm up to being photographed and understand how I "pose". Timelines can be pretty tight on weddings days and 30 minutes may be all we have for portraits - which is why I've found that wedding day portraits turn out so much better when couples do engagement sessions ahead of time.
Second, you can showcase your personalities in a more casual setting that is significant to the two of you (and even include pets!). While they’re great for save-the-dates, I’ve taken engagement photos anywhere from 18 months in advance to a few days before the wedding.
Yay you're Engaged
“I highly recommend GEM.. We are so excited for our wedding with her.”
WORD ON THE STREET
Maggie & Hiram
Eve And JOhn
Erin and chris
Amanda & Taylor
OMG we are obsessed with these thank you so much"
We are so happy we chose you to be our wedding photographer.. You made us feel so comfortable and made it fun"
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
No one wants to look like a wet dog in their photos so if it looks like it's going to rain heavily, snow, hail or some other weather catastrophe, we'll be in touch via email or phone to reschedule. Often, when we're scheduling our initial portrait session date, if it works for our calendars, we'll actually set up both a main date and a rain date just to make sure we don't have to postpone your session for very long if the weather is bad on the original date.
what do we do if it rains?
The sooner the better! Weekends tend to fill up pretty quickly - especially during the spring and fall, so the sooner you reach out, the more likely you are to get your desired date! Saturdays are reserved for weddings between April and October.
To reserve your date, we'll need a contract as well as a deposit. And if something comes up and you need to change your date, just let me know!
HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD WE BOOK?
If picking out outfits for photos takes you back to your high school days when you literally tried on everything in your closet and piled it on your bed but still felt like you had nothing to wear, you're in luck.
I will send style tips in your welcome email.
WHAT SHOULD WE WEAR?
Unless you've modeled professionally, you're probably going to feel awkward in front of the camera. Heck, I take photos for a living and I even feel like a deer in the headlights when I am in front of the camera.
You're going to feel awkward at first, but as the session goes on and I coach you through images, I think you'll find that being photographed can actually be fun.
WE'RE AWKWARD AND MY KIDS DON'T SIT STILL.
Within a few weeks of your session, you'll receive a link to a digital gallery that will allow you to download high resolution images.
The gallery is also set up to make ordering prints, canvases and other keepsakes as easy as turning on a Roomba to clean your floors.
HOW WILL I RECEVE MY PHOTOS?
frequently asked questions
For investment details and availability, please send a message via the form below. Hour long portrait sessions for an a la cart engagement sessions begin at $550.