There are so many times that I have been asked if getting engagement photos taken is such an important thing.
Let me tell you! YES! It is for sure.
Engagement is such a beautiful and very meaningful time in couple's life. You are engaged for only a short time (for the most part), so every couple needs to enjoy it. And sometimes planning a wedding is taking up all of the time. So take a break and get your engagement photos taken!
Engagement photo session is a great time to get to know your wedding photographer and build a great relationship with him or her. On the wedding day you will spend a lot of time together. By getting an engagement photos taken you are giving your photographer a chance to see how you are as a couple and how you interact with each other. This will help to get those sweet moments captured during the wedding.
Another reason is to have a test run for the wedding day. Think of engagement photography is a practice run for your wedding portraits. You will feel so much more relaxed in front of the camera, because your wedding photographer will give you awesome tips for what looks great in your final photos.
One of my favorite reasons for the engagement photoshoot is to be able to create something special and custom for your wedding day, such as a guest book with your engagement photos.
I love meeting new people. Especially when I click with them right away. Of course it might not happen every time or right away. But so far I have been lucky enough to meet people that I really really like.
So I was pleasantly surprised that someone found my work on Instagram. I have never thought that it would ever happen.
So the cutest couple from Dallas found me! They were coming to Cape Cod on their babymoon. And they wanted to have maternity photos done. And I got so lucky that they picked me as their maternity photographer.
Sarah might be the most gorgeous and happy pregnant woman I have ever met. And Nick looked at her with such love and adoration.
It felt like we have been friends for some time, it was so easy to talk to both of them. Joking and getting to know each other. They are the people that I would love to hang out if I am ever in Dallas.
I got a pleasure to take photos of my friends wedding anniversary. I loved every moment of it! It was so much fun. We just had a great time, just hanging out and joking and taking pictures.
Let me tell you just a little bit about their love story.
So they have met in 2006 when Magda was doing work and travel program. She had to go back to Poland after summer. Bobby came in December to visit her in her home town. They were dating for few years traveling back and forth, doing the long (really long) distance thing.
They got married in 2010. And there were two weddings, in April here in USA and then in August in Poland. So finally in 2011 Magda moved to the USA.
So here is a funny (well maybe not so much) story about the proposal.
Magda was actually so mad at him when he proposed because it was on the bus going from Warsaw airport to my city and he was showing me some photos on his phone and there was a photo of the engagement ring. so at this point she knew what was going to happen. He blew it! So he just gave Magda the ring right there on the bus in the middle of nowhere. She was hoping for a little bit more of a romantic moment.
Hiring a photographer for the wedding is a big expense, but most of the time it is an investment that is worth it. Getting a customized wedding album is another investment. Let's explore it's pros and cons.
Probably the biggest drawback of an album is it's cost. But I always tell my clients to think more of value not the cost. What is an actual value? I say - an experience. Having an album is a beautiful keepsake, it is the truest couple’s first heirloom. When you get a wedding album, it is not just for you and your husband to enjoy. It really is an experience for your whole family, and even may be for your children and grandchildren to cherish.
That is why I think the biggest pros of getting a professionally done wedding album is in its quality and value for the future years to come. Maybe one day your grand kids will turn pages and guess who is who. And then laugh at how funny the fashion was way back when. I personally do remember what my parents wore for their wedding. My mom wore this huge hat with flowers which looks funny now. However as children, my sister and I will flip pages of my parents' wedding album and dream of our own weddings.
Think beyond Instagram and Facebook sharing, think about physical prints and what would that mean. A Wedding album is something that you will look at again and again. It is something that you will be showing off to your friends and family, or look through on that special anniversary day. Some couples make their own albums, and sometimes they come out good. But it is always fun to see unexpected photos, maybe the ones you would not pick yourself. It surely adds an element of discovery when you turn the page. So let the photographer design and print your album, this will do your high quality photos proper justice.
Ultimately, it is every couples personal choice what to do with their wedding photos. But at the end of the day, there are more pros for me, so I say Yay!
Why do you want to do a First Look shoot at your wedding? For starters, first look will give me more time with the two of you. And I know this sounds a little selfish of me, but it really is all about the bride and the groom since my goal on your wedding day is to get as many beautiful photos as I can.
First look is a great addition to your wedding ceremony. This is the time for the couple to enjoy one another without anybody else. It adds this incredible raw moment to the wedding day. First look gives the couple a feeling of intimacy, something that is hard to come by with the hustles and bustle of a wedding. After all, your big day is ultimately for you as a couple, and not all about guests. It’s about two best friends coming together and promising forever to each other.
First look can help make this day feel even more special. You are still going start the morning with getting ready pictures. The bride will get all beautiful for the groom, and the groom will be looking sharp for the bride. After picking the perfect private spot for the first look, the shoot will begin with the arrival of the groom. He will get there first and will be waiting for her. The bride will get a little sneak peek at the groom from behind. I, at the same time,will back away to give you two some privacy while still capturing the most beautiful and honest feelings you two will have from this moment. This moment is not about the photography, it’s not about anything or anyone else.
It is just about you two. It’s one of those rare moments on the wedding day that you will have alone with each other. That time when he turns around and sees you for the first time in your wedding dress is amazing. You can hug and kiss, and even drop a tear, and he can tell how beautiful his bride is...
I actually enjoyed very much this winter portrait session. When you hear "photography on Cape Cod", you would never picture a photoshoot happening in the middle of the winter. We all are so used to seeing photos of blue ocean and green grass on beach dunes.
Even though winters on Cape Cod are not always the whitest or the prettiest, taking photos in the “off”season could be just as great as taking them in the summer.
Winter has less distractions. Yes, there are no green leaves or colorful flowers. But sometimes those things could be distracting. In the winter all eyes are on you! You are the star of the show!
And you might even think how can there be great photos from this grey and dreary weather, this mute time of the year? And yet it is possible!!!
Let me just paint you a picture. February. Cape Cod. Beach. And a whopping 25 degrees. We were brave enough (or silly) to take some engagement photos. Needless to say that it did not last too long. After maybe 20 minutes we were done. I applaud Chip for being such a great sport and wanting to make his future wife happy. Kris, he sure loves you a lot. You are one lucky gal!! Stay tuned for take #2 - In warmer weather though (anything about 40 at this point will be wonderful).
Winters can be tough for any photos, including engagement photoshoots. Unfortunately no amount of love can fix that 25 degrees. Burrrr..... But we tried and the photos that we got are great. I am so excited that I get another chance of taking Kristine's and Chip's photos.
Three reasons why you want to have a customized wedding guest book. A Wedding guest book is a great way for you to commemorate your wedding. Also it is a perfect opportunity for the guests to celebrate your special day with you. It is ultimately one of those items that you will love and cherish for the years to come. It is only natural to make the book unique, made just for you only.
Here are three reasons why having customized book will add value to your wedding keepsakes collection:
A customized guest book can be a great opportunity to display your beautiful engagement photos or those pictures depicting your love story. Often enough, the engagement announcement will have one or two images on it. The book can be an excellent option to exhibit those gorgeous pictures that did not make it to the card. It can also become a "memory" mosaic that will show your love for one another to all the guests. After all the amazing notes from people who love and care about, you will be getting the book full of recollections and wishes to your new family.
It is not boring. Sometimes people might be annoyed about having to sign something, or simply they can not come up with a good idea of a note. And you can't blame them since nothing can be as uninspiring as a plain book, big platter or an empty board. Instead, give them an opportunity to enjoy the photos and get inspired to write a beautiful sentiment for the bride and groom.
It is a great way to personalize your wedding. The guest book is a family record of all the people that came to your wedding and shared your special day. It is going to be so nice to read those lovely notes on the anniversary and look at the shots of both of you again. It is a one of a kind item, no one else will have it.
At the end of the day, the wedding is going to be over before you know it. Having a unique guest book will help to preserve those special memories forever.
I get a lot of questions about what to wear for an engagement photo session. And honestly I am so glad I do. Because a lot of times people will be torn between all of the things out there on the internet. So many opinions, styles and trends.
Be happy! Choose what feels good. Wear what is comfortable to you. You really need to like the clothes you pick.
That being said in my opinion there are few things to consider. Your engagement photos are something you will keep and cherish for the years to come.
Those are probably the first professional photos of a couple together before the wedding. So you need to wear something that will look good no matter what. Styles change so quickly nowadays, I personally cannot keep up with them. Trying to pick items that will be more neutral probably would work the best. Bright colors and bold prints could be too distracting.
Also it is always a good idea to get your engagement photoshoot outfit ready ahead of time. Another advice is not to wear your freshly picked engagement outfit beforehand. You want to feel special and in your new clothes.
You can try to stick to the general themes of your wedding and pick the colors that you will have on your big day. It will help to tie it all together since a lot of times couples will choose to do save the date cards with their beautiful engagement photos.
Another thought: I probably wouldn't recommend wearing high heels on the beach. Stick to the nautical theme, something blue or white, or something of a light and pastel colors. It will look gorgeous.
Senior photography is a very important part for the graduate. You want to keep the memories from your school years. Senior photography captures passions and the essence of the young minds.
Not long ago I woke up to yet another sunny beautiful day on Cape Cod. My boyfriend and I decided to go for a walk, as we often do, along the Cape Cod Canal. The sun was shining, a fresh breeze was coming off the water, we could almost taste the ocean salt. We do enjoy our Cape Cod Canal walks; it puts me in a good mood and usually the photography bug strikes - inspiring new shoots. Always lots of birds and great photo opportunities.
I am always on the look out for new spots for my photo sessions. It is important to me to have my photo’s backgrounds as diverse as possible. I love natural light photographs, the sun highlighting people’s hair, creating an ethereal atmosphere in the photos.
Walking along the Canal, we see this path and it looks interesting. I see a chain link fence with vines crawling up on one side, and a half bricked wall on the other. I fell in love with it. All these ideas come flooding in, all the ways I can use natural light in my portrait photography. I knew right then and there that it would be my next location for an upcoming senior photo session.
The textures provide a great backdrop to make photos more intriguing and unique. With those vines there are no two pictures alike.
I love doing portraits. I love trying to get an individual’s personality to shine through and show their inner beauty. High school graduation is a huge milestone for teenagers. And a senior photo session is there to preserve your personality in a year book for years to come, a beautiful reminder of the best days of high school.
Sandwich Boardwalk for senior photography: Another location I chose for this senior photo session was Sandwich Boardwalk. A lot of people and Cape Cod photographers love this beautiful and unique area. That’s where I met with Jessica and her two siblings. She grew up in Sandwich so I knew that the Boardwalk would have a special meaning for her. The sun was just coming up and the lighting was perfect. Bringing out this shy beauty's personality was a fun challenge and a rewarding experience.
Sandwich Boardwalk, if timed properly to avoid crowds, can be an exceptional place to take family, senior or maternity photos.