preparing

I WANT TO GET THE ABSOLUTE MOST OUT OF ANY SESSION. IT'S FOR THIS REASON WE WANT TO COME in WITH THE RIGHT MINDSET, FULLY PREPARED for what to expect!

I DON'T WANT YOU TO BUILD THIS UP IN YOUR HEAD TO BE A TERRIFYING or daunting PROCESS. Photos don’t have to suck! come ready to have fun and you’ll see just how awesome it can be!

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THese are ABOUT YOU

Don’t try to please me by “posing the right way”. I believe photos shouldn’t be staged or forced and they definitely shouldn’t scream CHEESE. At the end of the day we want to see your hearts and natural tenancies shine through. Photos should simply be a real day in a chapter of your lives!

“Yeah… but how do WE do that??”

My approach is simple and more hands off than anything. It starts with creating a relaxed atmosphere and trusting relationship. One of the first things I tell me couples before shooting is to ALWAYS engage and interact with each other - not me. When it comes to spontaneity you ALWAYS have the green light. I will also tell my couples to be as handsy as possible. The more skin contact and tangled up the better!

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MY DIRECTION

My direction revolves around creating movement and emotion. I’ll always have you doing something. Even if you’re sitting in each other’s laps, I still want you swaying back and forth, running your hands all over each other and whispering sweet nothings.

I also come with tricks and games up my sleeve that I’ve developed over the years. They’re good. REally good. And no I won’t tell you what they are. It’s a surprise!

 

ROLLING WITH WHATEVER WE’RE DEALT

You should know by now that I consider myself adventurous, so fully anticipate me to treat your session that way as well! We will embrace the dirt on your dress, the wind blowing your hair, the trail less traveled and the rocks I ask you to climb on top of. If it starts to rain we will keep on shooting! (Unless it’s miserable or puts my gear at risk) 

 
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HOW TO MAKE A SHOOT YOUR OWN

To make your session extra unique to your relationship, I encourage that the location and elements we choose to incorporate are cohesive and most importantly illustrate who you are.

Choosing a location is important.

THE SETTING HELPS ILLUSTRATE YOUR RELATIONSHIP SO CHOOSE A PLACE THAT EMULATES WHAT AND WHO YOU ARE TOGETHER. IF YOU’RE HOMEBODIES, LETS SHOOT IN THE COMFORT OF YOUR HOME. IF YOU’RE OUTDOORSMEN, LETS GO HIKE A MOUNTAIN. WATER PEOPLE? LETS HIT UP A WATERFALL OR LAKE. MAYBE YOU MET AT THE LOCAL COFFEE SHOP OR DELI… WHAT’S STOPPING US FROM SHOOTING THERE?

BUT It’s more than just location. It’s what we choose to do in that location!

BACKYARD BBQ, WALKING THE DOGS, JUMPING INTO A LAKE, ROAD TRIPPING IN YOUR RV, MAKING PANCAKES IN YOUR KITCHEN, CAMPFIRE AT DUSK, PIZZA & BEER PICNIC, LOUNGING ON YOUR COUCH, GETTING COZY WITH BLANKETS AND PILLOWS IN THE BACK OF YOUR PICK-UP, TAKING OUT THE CANOE AT SUNRISE, SHARING YOUR LONGBOARD TOGETHER, FLAGGING DOWN THE ICE CREAM TRUCK, BREAKING OUT THE CLIMBING GEAR… THOSE ARE JUST A FEW IDEAS TO GET YOU THINKING!

These two basically live on their boat… so what better place to do their photos at?

These two basically live on their boat… so what better place to do their photos at?

In-home engagement session with afternoon light.

In-home engagement session with afternoon light.

Oakland Hills behind Chris and Amanda’s home.

Oakland Hills behind Chris and Amanda’s home.

Steve + Erin live IN Manhattan… so this was an obvious decision.

Steve + Erin live IN Manhattan… so this was an obvious decision.

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wardrobe

What you wear tells us a bit about who you are. Wearing something you feel confident in is key, even if what you feel most comfortable in is a flannel and ripped jeans. Don’t “dress to impress”. That contradicts what we’re going for to begin with -- photographing you as you. If it means coming in a long flowing dress and suspenders then awesome! If it means coming in a trucker hat and bare feet then great!

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Choosing your colors: Consider the setting. What is the vibe and look of where we’re shooting? The above illustration shows the color pallet of this particular location and how their wardrobe choices perfect suit their surroundings. They look like they belong here and don’t look out of place. That’s not to say you should always pick exact colors within the setting’s pallet, feel free to explore with complimentary colors! If shooting outdoors it’s usually safe to go with earthy tones and pastel colors. If doing an indoor session, try to tie in with the decor and wall colors.

Nearly freezing temps and 40mph winds. Dress appropriately!

Nearly freezing temps and 40mph winds. Dress appropriately!

My favorite outfits from any couple. This is truly who they are and they embraced it.

My favorite outfits from any couple. This is truly who they are and they embraced it.

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Or…

You’re more than welcome to bring a nice outfit to change into once we summit the mountain or arrive at the waterfall so you’re not hiking in a dress and fancy shoes!