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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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


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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Acadia National Park Family Photographers/ Erin and Jake

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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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Acadia National Park Proposal/ Emma and Jason

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And now for something so so special! I'm happy to finally share the proposal of Emma and Jason! Jason contacted me a few months before he and Emma's planned trip to Bar Harbor Maine. Emma was running in the marathon last fall and Jason planned to propose to her while on the trip! I literally shriek every time I get a proposal inquiry. After my first one two years ago (that of Anu and Tahira HERE) I was hooked. It's like a thrill ride and I love getting to be a part of it. Jason and I communicated back and forth about timing and location and eventually decided to do the whole thing on Flying Mountain in Acadia National Park. We picked Flying Mountain because of it's view and it's easy accessibility. For such a short hike to the summit it has a stunning view. I arrived early the day of and made the 15 minute trek up to the top. After looking around I picked our spot and waited. There were very few people on the mountain and once Emma and Jason arrived it was just the three of us. When we saw each other we said "Hi" as strangers do and Emma then bolted to the other side of the mountain. Jason asked her where she was going and she replied "I wanna look around before sunset!". He then turned to me and mouthed "one second" and went after her. It worked out that we were the only three up there because when he suggested they have someone take their picture they had to return to my corner of the summit. In our planning Jason and I decided that I would cue his proposal by taking a picture with his camera when asked and then saying "Perfect!". Our plan played out and I quickly switched to my camera to capture the proposal! Of course Emma said YES! She was so surprised and they were so happy for the remainder of our session. Thank you so much Emma and Jason for having me photograph your proposal. Congratulations and happy wedding planning!!! 

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