Frequently Asked Questions
Why should we do an engagement session?
There are lots of reasons why you should have an engagement session! First, many couples don’t have many great, professional portraits of them together. Yes, you will have your wedding images together, but its really nice to have more casual images of the two of you. Engagement photos make great gifts for your parents, friends, etc. Engagement images are also a great way to personalize your wedding, you can use them as part of your centerpieces, invitations, guestbook, etc. Lastly (and probably most importantly), an engagement session is an awesome way to get to know your photographer and for them to get to know y’all! You want to feel really comfortable with your photographer on your wedding day since emotions will be running high– the last thing you want is a stranger with a camera in your face! By doing an engagement session with our couples, we get to know each other, we get a chance to see how you interact with each other and we get feedback on the kind of images you like or dislike. Once the wedding day rolls around, we are old friends and everything is just easier!
How much is an engagement session?
For couples who have reserved us for their wedding day, an engagement session is $500 and includes all the final retouched digital files. For couples who have not reserved their wedding with us, the session is $129 and all prints and products are purchased separately.
When should we schedule our engagement session?
This is really up to you and often depends on whether you need the images for Save the Date cards, invitations, etc. The session can be done anywhere from a year in advance to a week in advance. You probably want to consider the time of year when you schedule your engagement session, as the late spring and summer months in Tallahassee can be a tad warm for an outdoor session! Once you are ready to book your session, we can usually get you on the calendar within 2-3 weeks, depending on how flexible your schedule is.
What are good Tallahassee location sessions for an engagement session?
There are so many! We try to work with our couples to chose a location that matches their personal style or that has sentimental value for them. It can be the place you met, where he proposed, or where y’all like to spend time. If you want a traditional look to your images, we might suggest Maclay Gardens. If you are more contemporary, downtown Tallahassee has a lot of great spots. If you are big Seminole fans, we might do the session at FSU. Really, there are no limits as to where your session can be done! Feel free to contact the studio to brainstorm ideas for your session, just give us an idea of your style, theme, colors, or anything else we can use to make your session perfectly unique to you!
What should we wear for our engagement session?
This depends a lot on your personal style. Some couples want a really casual look in jeans, while others want something fancier or trendier. Your attire should definitely match your location, so jeans would be perfect for a country or beach location and something dressier would be great in downtown. Whatever style you choose, there are a few things that will always hold true:
- Darker colors are more slimming.
- Solids photograph better than patterns.
- Sleeves will make arms appear slimmer.
- Clothing should be fitted, but not too tight (loose or drapey clothing will make you look larger in photographs).
- Clothing should not need a lot of adjustments to lay correctly.
- You should both wear similar tones- both in light colors or both in darker colors. if one person is in much lighter clothing, they will appear washed out in the images.
- You do not need to match if you don’t want to. Consider complimentary colors, or colors in the same palette.
What should we order from our engagement session?
This totally depends on you! Some couples choose to do a wall collection of gallery wrapped canvases, others want an engagement signature album and some others want to do save the date cards. Some couples want to purchase the digital images and use them for wedding decor, wedding websites, etc. Pretty much anything you can imagine, we can make happen for you!
The gallery above shows some favorite images from countless engagement sessions over the years! The blog posts below show our recent work for weddings and engagement sessions! You can also use the search bar below to find specific things on the blog!
Just after Christmas, Tracey and Roger had their intimate family-focused wedding at Wakulla Springs Lodge. When I say family-focused, I mean that that could have easily been the wedding theme. The bride and groom each chose their parents to stand as their...
Jessica Jo and Jason are not ones for formality or tradition just for tradition's sake. They wanted a fun, boho-chic wedding and that is exactly what they got! The whole weekend was one big party and even though there were a few happy tears, they were always quickly...
Sharon and Sam both had wonderful first marriages but each became widowed and spent time alone. After time, they found one another and with that came a source of friendship, laughter and love. They decided to have an intimate backyard wedding for their family and...
Mary and Andrew had a travel themed wedding with a full mass at St. Peters Anglican Cathedral and and an evening of dancing at the Four Points Sheraton in downtown Tallahassee. It was the perfect day for this jet setting couple who met swing dancing! There focus...
Just as the very outer bands of Hurricane Michael started to come through, Lynnsy and Daren exchanged vows in front of the reflection pond at Maclay Gardens. There was a steady breeze and just a few raindrops, but nothing distracted from the feeling of love and...
"Rain" is definitely a four letter word when it comes to weddings. No bride wants rain on their wedding day and I think the "10 day weather forecasts" only exist to make brides crazy worrying. We tell brides that rain on their wedding day means good luck...
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