UPDATED: Engagement Session Tips

It’s been almost three years since my last post about engagement session tips. Seeing as I’ve learned quite a bit in those three years I thought it was time to update my advice on how to have a successful engagement session. Here are a few tips on how to get the most out of your engagement photos.

What to wear

  1. Don’t wear large patterns or logos (small patterns can work, GIANT polka dots aren’t flattering on anyone).

  2. Wear clothes that you feel comfortable in.

  3. Bring 2-3 options. If you are having trouble deciding we can look through at the beginning of our session.

  4. Make sure your clothing isn’t see through where you don’t want it to be see through.

  5. Bring shoes to match AND for the terrain we are in. Stilettos are cute until you are trying to balance on a cliff in Acadia, but HEY I’m willing to try if you are just keep that in mind!

  6. Don’t match but don’t clash! You and your partner don’t walk around in life wearing the same white sweater so it wouldn’t make sense for you to now. Instead I go by the idea- “don’t match but don’t clash” meaning have one or two colors that connect your outfits without mirroring each other (examples below!).

Engagement Pictures with Lupines Orono
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golden light

Schedule your session at the right time!

Unlike your wedding day, when scheduling your engagement session we have the luxury of planning around the most ideal time to shoot. The best time to photograph is within the last two hours of daylight. This is when the light is low and most flattering. We have the opportunity to shoot in more places without harsh light shining into your eyes and making you squint. If there are no clouds then the light is golden and we can also get some sun flare (example below). Of course sunset changes depending on the time of year but we can plan around it!

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Props can be fun!

Props can be a great addition to an engagement session when they are done right. Having a prop can also give you something to do and make posing easier at the beginning of a session when you are warming up to being in front of a camera. Make sure they make sense in the environment you choose and match your attire. In my engagement sessions in the past couples have brought along blankets to sit on, champagne to toast with, signs with their wedding dates on them, signs with their names, food to create a picnic,

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apples as props

Pick a location that means something to you

There is a reason why the majority of my engagement shoots take place in either in Acadia National Park, the University of Maine campus, or the ocean. These places mean something to many couples and going to a spot that means something to the two of you for your engagement session will make it all that more special.

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Do all the things that make you feel your best!

If you feel your best with your nails done and your hair professionally blown out then do it. If you feel your best make-up free and with your hair in a bun then do that! I’ve had couples leave work and go straight to their engagement sessions without a thought in between and I’ve had couples hire professional hair and make up for their pictures. Whatever makes you feel your best is the right route to go.

Have different looks within your outfits

90% of my couples bring at least one outfit change. To get the most out of your session it’s a great idea to bring two different looks. Below are sessions where the couple opted to wear two different looks and I think it really helped diversify the engagement session gallery.

Ellie and Peter: HERE

Caitlin and Ryan: HERE

Danielle and Adam: HERE

RELAX

With all that said- don’t worry about anything. You love the person you are taking these photos with and that is enough! Don’t be afraid to laugh- it’s actually my absolute favorite part of the engagement session to photograph.

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Maine Senior Portraits/ Owen

Maine portrait photographer

A few months back I got the pleasure of photographing Owen’s senior portraits. Owen was such an easy and agreeable senior! Up for anything and so pleasant. We went to Curtis Cove in Blue Hill after he expressed that he’d like them taken by the water. I’d say it’s the closest spot to Bangor to get a pretty set up of the Maine’ coast. He’s interested in marine biology so it was pretty fitting as well as gorgeous. Thank you so much Owen for being so great and having me take your Senior pictures. Good luck in the next year!

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Happy New Year!

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All the photos in this post were taken by the lovely Taylor of TDow Photography

A happy NEW YEAR TO YOU! I’ve always been a sap for New Years. I love the chance to reflect on the past and plan for the future. I’m a huge fan of resolutions, goals and yearly-words. 2018 was a year of growth! We were tried and tested in 2018. We dealt with struggles that I never anticipated, but I’m happy to say though that as of 12/31/2018 those trials have come to a close and we are better than ever after the growth they brought.

In 2018 we also had so many celebrations

My business grew exponentially this past year. It was the best year yet for my business and I shot a record number of weddings and sessions for Cassandra Henri Photography. If I wasn’t photographing my own weddings I was second shooting for TDow Photography. Learning from her and the experiences gained from being her assistant was HUGE. She also took these sweet photos of Julian and I in December. I’ll never be able to thank her enough for capturing these pictures for us.

I WENT TO LONDON AND PARIS with two of my best gal friends who also happen to be Maine wedding photographers. An experience that I have millions of photos to go through and put on here soon.

Onto 2019! 2019- we have some PLANS for you. Derek and I will finally celebrate our 10 year union with a wedding! Yes I’ll be on the other side now and I’m very excited to share that journey on here. I’ve learned so much from my couples about the process. It’s made planning so far pretty seamless. In addition to that big personal event I plan to continue to grow professionally with another amazing season lined up and some new projects on the horizon.

SO thank you so much for an amazing 2018. I think often about how I wouldn’t have these new hopes and plans and dreams if I hadn’t been so supported in my initial dream- to be a wedding photographer. I’ll forever me grateful for that! Here’s to 2019. I know it’s gonna be a great one!

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NYE photoshoot
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Acadia National Park Family Photographers/ Erin and Jake

Acadia National Park maternity pictures

I so enjoy taking the “off” season to go back through the summer and fall prior and blog all my amazing sessions and weddings. As 2018 comes to a close it’s the perfect time to go through and reflect. This was my last official session in Acadia National Park and wow did I feel like I went out with a bang. The scenery, colors and lighting meshed so well for my session with Erin and Jake who were in Bar Harbor celebrating an anniversary and a baby on the way! We hit both Jordan Pond and Cadillac Mountain at just the right point in fall foliage. We also hit it on a very high tourist day but found parking effortlessly- and that’s a gift from something else ;) Thank you so much Erin and Jake for having me take these photos. It was so hard to pick my top ones to share here and that’s always a sign of a great session. Here are some of my favorites from our time in Acadia National Park.

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Photoshoot at Jordan Pond
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Cadillac Mountain Photo Shoot
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Cadillac Mountain in the Fall
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Thankful for...

Maine lifestyle photographer

I hope you and yours had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Me and mine sure did. I got to spend the day inside cooking and staring at these sweet faces. I’ve decided that I will fight to host my family Thanksgiving ever year now since I realized if I host, I never have to leave my home and this past Thursday was deemed “The coldest Thanksgiving EVER”. Yeah. NO Thank you.

I thought it would be fun to take pictures of all the kids next to a sign saying what they were thankful for. We went with the first answer each gave and it was so awesome to hear their answers. Julian’s especially just about killed me.

I have so much to be thankful for this year. This Thanksgiving day post I wrote years ago still rings true for me today. I’m continually inspired by the support myself and my business has gotten to dream bigger. It takes a leap of faith to quite your job and pursue your passion and I’m so thankful that I landed. That combined with the amazing things 2018 has brought us makes me almost embarrassed by all the good fortune. More of my family moved to our area so I get to see them a lot more often, Derek got a new job with better hours so he can be home at night with us, I went to PARIS and LONDON with two amazing girlfriends… the list is endless but those are the big highlights! I can’t wait to see what the next 365 days bring. We’re on a roll!

kids on Thanksgiving
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