After 10 years of photographing weddings and lots of you asking if I host workshops, I am excited to finally announce my one-on-one or two-on-one private workshops! If you're interested in a customized educational experience and branding shoot, contact me for more info. I am an open book and would love to share my passion with other creatives! It doesn't matter if you're just starting with your camera and want to learn settings to capture your kids, or if you're consistently shooting weddings and just want a creative boost or coach and cheerleader! I would love to work with you!
After each client books, they receive a 75 page wedding magazine that I designed to enhance the DDP experience & help my clients plan. Click below to see the engagement session tips from the magazine!
I truly believe that engagement sessions are a vital part of the entire process. You'll have the chance to get to know me, experience how I shoot and handle posing and lighting. This session will be a huge help on how the wedding day flows. I'll arrive already knowing how you two interact, what your best poses are and how to photograph you in a genuine way! You will feel like such a pro on your big day because of the great practice you had. Your session can be scheduled anytime before your wedding day. I normally suggest booking it at least 3 months before to avoid stress, however sometimes with destination weddings, I even do the session the day before the wedding. Because a lot of my weekends are filled with weddings, I like to shoot engagements on weekday evenings if possible. As we plan for your shoot, we will brainstorm on locations that are beautiful and meaningful to you guys, as well as your outfits that will photograph well together!
- Try to choose outfits and accessories that coordinate or compliment instead of being matchy.
- Don't be afraid to accessorize and make your outfits your own! Hats, jewelry and fun shoes are always welcome! Flower crowns or bouquets are perfect too!
- Avoid loud colors or patterns as those are distracting in photos. Logos/graphics are not favorable for portraits. If you're wearing a pattern, make sure it's not overwhelming. Usually choosing your dress or outfit first is a good idea and then matching your honey to you with something more neutral or plain (I don't recommend plaids).
- Empty your pockets! You don't want to have key chains or phones showing through!
- Stylish clothes are the way to go! This is a time to dress up and have fun! My couples normally do two or three outfits, a dressier and a little more casual to have different looks. I also love when couples do both dressy outfits!
- Make sure you're comfortable in what you're wearing. Try on the outfits a couple times before the session, and professional hair & makeup is always a good idea as a trial for the wedding and to feel more confident in front of the camera!
- Restrooms may not always be available at our location, so plan for possibly changing in the car or bring a blanket to hold up for a makeshift dressing room.
- Props that fit the environment such as a picnic basket might be cute, we can plan this together!
- I always love incorporating your pup or if you have a vintage car in the family or anything fun like that, we can brainstorm ideas!
- Be on time! The sun is only out for so long, so if we start later then we'll have less time to shoot.
- Clean your ring before so it shines in the light! And I'll grab some close up shots of it too!
- I will guide you through the whole session, directing you on poses and we'll walk and talk and laugh, so it won't feel stiff or awkward. Just relax and have fun! Enjoy this time together as I capture the sweet chemistry that you share, and then afterwards plan to go out for dinner & drinks to celebrate & make it a date!
A few months before the wedding day, I send my couples a questionnaire to get the information I need in order to make the photo timeline. I will work with you and your planner to decide on the best timing and make sure that every important detail is captured! All of my clients receive a 75 page DDP Client magazine upon booking full of helpful tips! Below you'll see a few pages from the magazine explaining how the day is usually photographed.