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Preparing Your Fiancé for Your Engagement Session

Are you stressing out about your upcoming engagement session? Not sure if your fiancé is going to enjoy it or want to participate? Check out these tips for Preparing Your Fiancé for Your Engagement Session.

  1. Make it worth his while. Motivate him in whatever way you think will make him want to participate in your session. If there’s something he’s wanted you to do that you haven’t done, now is the time to play that card. For example, if you don’t like watching football and he’s been asking you to go to a game with him, bribe him with that (or whatever works for your man).
  2. In the time leading up to the session, explain to him what’s going to happen that day. He’s probably never done anything like this before and doesn’t know what to expect. He’s not on Pinterest all the time looking up cute engagement photos or anything like that, so he may not know anything about this kind of session, or even understand what it’s for. Tell him that the photographer is going to have you guys probably hold hands, cuddle, hug and kiss. You want to explain the session to him prior so it’s not scary for him and he won’t feel awkward as it’s happening. Let him know that it will be OK because you’ll be there the whole time and it will all be good.
  3. He can have a drink during your session to help loosen you up. (Not to get drunk, but to ease his nerves.)
  4. Be extra lovey with him before the session. Picture day is super stressful, so it’s easy to get into a fight beforehand. Make a point to be more loving and patient during this stressful time. This will make the photos better because you’re not upset with each other due to something that happened that morning due to stress. You’ll be able to relax and be more affectionate during the session.
  5. Explain the importance of the photos to him. Let him know, “I know this stressful and you don’t want to do it, but I want tomorrow to be all about us. In 50 years I want to look back on these photos. These are important.” This way he doesn’t think it’s just something that is on his checklist that he has to do before the wedding, but that they are important to you. He loves you; he’ll do it for you.
  6. Incorporate his ideas in the session. Ask him if he has any ideas for the session. If he has something he wants to do, then he will be more excited about them because he will feel involved and like it’s about him too, not just all about you. Think about what makes you guys unique as a couple and incorporate those ideas into the session, whether it be a location, props, clothing, etc.

I hope that these ideas help when it comes to Preparing Your Fiancé for Your Engagement Session! All in all, it will be great because I’ve done this a few times and fiancés tend to warm up to me :).

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    An Unplugged Wedding?

    An unplugged wedding is where you ask your guests to turn off their phones, cameras, tablets, and other mobile devices during your ceremony. Some clients have even gone as far as collecting them in a basket at the door so that people won’t break the rule.

    The idea, is that you want your guests to be present at the ceremony and pay attention to the words and the rituals that are so important to you. You want to look out into the crowd and see faces, not devices. And you don’t want your wedding photos to show cell phones all over the place.

    What are the benefits to an unplugged wedding?

    There are many benefits to having an unplugged wedding:

    • When guests use their own cameras, there are many ways that this affects the photography that you’re actually paying for. Guests oftentimes are taking photos at the same time we are, and their flashes interfere with our cameras, leaving you blown out completely (and unsalvageable) or having weird shadows or lighting throughout the photos.
    • Guest cameras can leave a red or green dot from their focusing mechanisms. These will show up in our images.
    • If guests don’t turn off the noise on their cameras, they could be very loud when taking the photos. This can be very distracting to you and your guests.
    • Speaking of distracting – let’s talk about iPads, phones and other devices used to take photos. They are HUGE and are very distracting. If we are taking a wide photo of your ceremony, your eyes go straight to the tablet and completely ignore the beautiful couple exchanging vows.
    • Guests will often get in the aisle or stand in front of the professional photographers, blocking their shot. Sometimes, it’s too late for us to be able to get them to move, and we certainly don’t want to upset your guests by making them move.
    • During family formals, guests will often stand around photographers to get shots of their own, which can create harsh lighting if they use their flash. Even if they don’t use their flash, it causes the group to constantly be looking around, leaving wandering eyes. It’s hard for the photographer to get a good photo with everyone looking at the camera when there are multiple people taking photos around you.
    • Most importantly, if your guests are taking photos, they are not fully able to enjoy the moment. They are absent and distracted by their picture taking and posting.

    How to tell guests its an unplugged wedding:

    In the invitation: “The bride and groom kindly request an unplugged ceremony. Please turn off all devices and enjoy being fully present in this moment with us.” or “The greatest gift you can give us today is to be truly present, so please turn off all phones and cameras and enjoy this special moment with us.”

    Or you should purchase a sign that says similar things.

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      5 Tips For The Best Engagement Photos

      Getting ready for your engagement session? If you need some extra tips, check out these 5 Tips For The Best Engagement Photos we created just for you!

      1. Dress for the season. Think about the season as you prepare for your e-session. If it’s summer, make sure to dress appropriately so you and your fiancé aren’t getting sweat stains and red faces during the session. If it’s in winter, wear bright colors so you don’t blend into the snow. Just be aware of these things so you are comfortable and your photos will look the best they can be.
      2. Choosing the best session time.In the morning and later in the evening are the best times for a session because of the amazing ‘golden hour’ lighting. If you have a session at noon, there is going to be harsh lighting and your photos will ultimately suffer.
      3. Be prepared.Make a list of everything you need for your session – brush, lipstick, extra clothes, accessories, etc. Put them in the car and be ready to go. Along with that, get directions and a GPS, or your handy dandy smart phone, and program in the address of the session. You don’t want to get lost and cause unnecessary stress. Leave with plenty of time to spare.
      4. Be excited.This is also part of being prepared. If you’re excited, it can’t help but rub off on your fiancé. He or she loves you and gets excited when you’re excited. Your significant other can’t help but get excited, too. So build up the hype and let him or her know how important this is to you and how fun it will be.
      5. Relax.Do not, I repeat, do not, stress out about this. This is supposed to be fun. I know you’re worried about what you’re going to look like, if the weather is going to cooperate, etc., but the more you stress, the more likely you’ll read stiff or uncomfortable on camera. The more relaxed you are, the better your photos will be. Do what you can to prepare for the session and leave the rest up to me. That’s what I’m here for, so just take a breath and relax. Hey, maybe this is a prime excuse to spring for that massage?

      I hope this article for 5 Tips For The Best Engagement Photos helped you plan your engagement session!

      Want more? Read this post about your Engagement Session Style.

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        What to Wear for Your Engagement Session

        Not sure what to wear for your engagement session? We’re here to help! You should bring two to three outfits to your session so we can get a variety of different looks for you. We suggest the following:

        • Bring a ‘Dressy’ Outfit

        It’s not every day you get to get all dressed up with your sweetheart and take photos together. Use this session as an excuse to really go all out and get fancied up! I’m not saying you have to wear a gown and tux (unless you want to), but maybe a dress or skirt for you, and a suit or nice slacks and a button up shirt for your fiancé. This outfit will be great for save the date cards, or the announcement in your local newspaper.

        • Go Casual

        We also suggest you bring a more casual outfit. This outfit is ideal for your more fun, relaxed photos. Tailored jeans and a nice shirt are always a great choice, especially if we are going to be walking around in nature a lot. Make sure to bring shoes specifically for this outfit, too.

        • Coordination is Key

        The most important thing to remember is to coordinate. You don’t want to be matchy-matchy, but you want to coordinate. Choose similar colors and styles that photograph well together. For example, you don’t want to wear jeans if your fiancé is wearing a suit and tie in the same photo. Also remember to dress for the location. For example, if you are doing a natural, rustic or vintage session, you’ll want to stay away from bright colors and opt for neutrals instead.

        • Things to Avoid

        – Logos, unless we’re doing a sports session and you’re wearing jerseys, etc.

        – Patterns – Try to stick with solid colors or minimal patterns. Plaid shirts are fine as long as your fiancé isn’t wearing stripes or polka dots. It’s a good rule of thumb to only have one partner wearing a pattern at a time.

        – Fluorescent colors – These don’t photograph well and also can cast bright color tones on your skin.

        I hope this article for what to wear for your engagement session helps you to plan! If there is something I should add, or if you have anything I should add let me know!

        Want more? Read this post about 5 Tips for the Best Engagement Session.

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          What to do if you don’t want a first look

          If you want to go the more traditional route and don’t want a first look that’s totally ok! But, you have to think about the time needed after your ceremony for family photos. Here are the minimum times you will need to schedule out for photos after the ceremony.

          • For family formals, you will need 30 to 45 minutes depending on your family size.
          • You will need a half hour for bride and groom portraits and 30 to 45 minutes for your bridal party pictures, depending on the number of people in your party.
          • If you are taking photos off location, you will have to gather everything together and transport it. It is a good idea to designate a friend or someone who is not going to be in photos to do this for you to save time.
          • Keep in mind that it is super hard to keep family, friends, and bridal party members together and all in one place after the ceremony, especially if it is a large party. For that reason, you need to allot some extra bubble time in case someone goes missing.

          These are the minimum times. If you have more people in your family and bridal party photos, you may want to add some more time if you don’t want a first look.

          Click here if you’re still looking for your Chattanooga Wedding Photographer.

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            Engagement Session Style

            Trust me, as a Chattanooga Engagement Photographer, this is one of those things you really don’t need to be stressed about. The key is to look inward and to consider your current life habits, hobbies and interests. From there, you’ll be able to find your engagement session style and incorporate it into your photographs seamlessly.

            1. Think about your respective, and shared, hobbies and passions. For example, do you both love music? Or is cooking every night something you always do together? Maybe you love to go swing dancing.
            2. Your respective professions can definitely contribute to your e-session style. Is he a firefighter? A scientist? A farmer? Is she a chef? A kindergarten teacher? A geologist? Whatever the case may be, incorporate your professional lives into your photographs. Maybe it’s as simple as a chalkboard, a hay bale, or a chef’s hat.
            3. Are you into sports? Show some team spirit in your photographs with jerseys, sports equipment or something similar.
            4. What’s your favorite kind of music? Are you both country lovers? Maybe you’re more into the classical music scene. Don’t be afraid to dress the part.
            5. Where do you feel like you’re really in your element? Is it outdoors at your favorite park? In the museum perusing the art? Or maybe you love the buzz of a colorful city.
            6. What always makes you two laugh or have fun? Maybe it’s a board game, or a visit to the fair or circus.

            Want more? Read this post about What to Wear for your Engagement Session.

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              Best Wedding Photographers in Chattanooga

              Your wedding only happens once, and you deserve the best. The best wedding photographers in Chattanooga, the best venues, the best flowers, the best everything.

              You are pouring money, blood, sweat and tears into this amazing day. You need the best wedding photographer in Chattanooga to capture all of these details that you have painstakingly worked on.

              To find the best wedding photographers in Chattanooga, you must first figure out what it is that you want out of your wedding day photography. The best wedding photographer for Susie, is different than the best wedding photographer for Jane, as each bride has different needs, styles and expectations. 

              So how do you find the best wedding photographers in Chattanooga for you? Ask yourself these questions:

              #1: What do I want from my Wedding Photographer?

              Do you want digitals, an album, prints or canvases? Do you want full day coverage or just the important parts? Write the things that are important to you down and research wedding photographers in Chattanooga via The Knot, or Google and pick a couple that you love that offer the things that you are looking for. Make sure to consider the style of photography as well! Professional wedding photographers will stick to their portfolio style. This will narrow down your list for finding the best wedding photographers in Chattanooga.

              #2: How much can I afford?

              Weddings are expensive. Hands down – no argument there! BUT, consider the fact that there is nothing left after your wedding EXCEPT your wedding photography images. All that work, time, sweat and tears that you’ve put into the most important day of your life, needs to be covered by a competent photographer. For a professional wedding photographer, you can expect to spend $2000+. Use your budget to narrow down the list of photographers you made to choose one or two that you want to meet with in person.

              Bonus: How to save money on wedding photography!

              Everyone likes to save money, so how do you do it on your wedding photography? Nine times out of ten, the best wedding photographers in Chattanooga will offer additional value when you sign the contract at the consultation. They may offer an album credit, a free engagement session, print credit, etc. Come to the consultation prepared to sign and pay a retainer in order to save some money on something you were going to purchase anyway!

              I hope this article on finding the best wedding photographers in Chattanooga helped with your search! Of course, I’d love to opportunity to chat and see if we’re a good fit! Visit this page to contact me!

              Want more? Read this post on What to Expect in our Pre-Event Consult.

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                What I Capture On Your Wedding Day

                As a Chattanooga Wedding Photographer, I am with you from the time you start getting ready for big day and late into the night of your reception. I will cover Getting Ready – the bride and the groom separately, the Ceremony – and all the details within, the Reception – with all the dances and sweet moments, the Family and Bridal Party Portraits, Wedding Day Details – like the rings, and the flowers, and of course all of the Special Moments throughout your day.

                My style is very candid, however, I do pose for family formals and bridal party photos. For most of the day, you’ll barely notice I am there, as I try to remain discreet. I won’t be all up in your face or being a distraction to you or your guests.

                PS> Speaking of distractions, I highly recommend an unplugged wedding.

                I cover all of the main events throughout the day and will get all of the many details that you worked so hard to put together for your big day. If there’s something in particular you want to make sure I get a lot of photos of, just let me know. I’m happy to accommodate you.

                If you want to get a not-so-formal photo with some friends during the reception, just pull me aside and ask to snap a photo or two. Just sit back and relax, because I’ve got you covered!

                I hope this answers any question you have about what I capture on your wedding day, and if you have any others, just let me know!

                Want more? Read this post on What to do if you Don’t Want a First Look.

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                  What to Expect in Our Pre-Event Consult

                  A pre-event consult is set in place so that we get an opportunity to meet and talk about your wedding and expectations before the big day arrives.

                  As your Chattanooga Wedding Photographer, there are number of things that are super important.

                  1. We will talk about the timeline of your wedding day and how your schedule is planned.
                  2. We will decide when we are going to do the family formals and if you are having a first look
                  3. We will arrange what time I need to arrive and where and when I will be leaving and any addition of hours to your package.
                  4. We will discuss where we will meet at the venue or the getting ready location
                  5. and forty-five other important details we need to know.

                  Don’t worry, I have a worksheet that will walk us through all of this in a super simple way.

                  If you have any questions for me, this pre-consult would be the perfect time to ask. This consult is also a good time to chat and get to know one another, especially if you don’t have an engagement session planned.

                  Ultimately, this pre-event consult is super important so you will feel more comfortable with me on your wedding day.

                  Want more? Read this post on What I Capture on Your Wedding Day.

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                    The Importance of Two Wedding Photographers

                    As a Chattanooga Wedding Photographer, I have the option of having two wedding photographers at your wedding. The second photographer is called a second shooter. A second shooter is an additional photographer who is there to cover the wedding as well, working under my direction. I highly recommend having two wedding photographers for the following reasons:

                    1. It is impossible to everywhere at one time. If you want photos of the bride and groom both getting ready, I can’t be in both locations at once. By having a second shooter, I can cover more events at one time. If you like candid shots, you absolutely want a second shooter. They will be able to get all of the little moments that are happening behind the scenes. If you only have one photographer and he or she is with the bride while the groom is getting ready, then you will have to have the groom mock up and fake these moments to look candid, while missing the real thing. You don’t want “forced candids.”
                    2. During the wedding, the main photographer is so focused on getting all the traditional shots that sometimes we miss the candid moments going on during your ceremony. A second shooter is looking out for these moments. By having a second shooter, it ensures that you get more candid shots.
                    3. You’ll also get more creative shots for the same reason. Second shooters aren’t worried about getting the traditional shots because that is what the main photographer is doing. This frees them to be able to be more creative. They can catch different angles and give you a fresh perspective.
                    4. With a second shooter being there, I always have a backup on scene in the event the main photographer gets sick or injured, or needs to troubleshoot a camera issue. The second shooter will be able to take over for them without skipping a beat.
                    5. It is also good to have two different cameras shooting the event. In case of emergency – for example, a camera is broken – you will still have photos and they won’t be lost or damaged, or events missed while the main photographer switches to the backup camera.
                    6. If we are limited on time, having a second shooter will ensure we don’t miss anything. One of us can be shooting the reception details while the other is in cocktail hour getting all of those candid moments and details.

                    I hope this article exudes the importance of having two wedding photographers at your wedding. If you have any other questions, let me know!

                    Want more? Read this post on The Best Wedding Photographers in Chattanooga.

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