Everything you need to know!
You're getting married!!! Your engagement session is the perfect opportunity to create portraits you can use in frames at your wedding, use for your wedding website and send out for your save-the-dates. This is also a really great time to schedule your make-up trial, and then you can see firsthand how your make-up will photograph for your wedding day.
working with me
I learned from personal experience that it doesn't matter how beautiful a photo is if you don't like what YOU look like in the photo. I've taken several posing courses and I will make sure to pose you in order to capture your most flattering angles.
All of my clients receive a Style Guide after booking their session. It's filled with detailed information about coordinating outfits, as well as picture examples and store recommendations.
The editing process is my favorite part, and I spend so much time making sure your photos are perfect. That means removing people, trashcans and signs in the background, making sure your skin looks amazing, your arms look slim, and any photo in the gallery is ready to frame on the wall of your home.
Attention to Detail
Engagement sessions are around 60 - 90 minutes and take place at a location of your choosing! *Travel fees may apply* Once I know what vibe you are looking for, I can make suggestions on locations!
These sessions include an outfit change!
You will receive a Style Guide that I have put together to help my couples when choosing their outfits.
All of these sessions include a personalized online gallery where you can download your high resolution images, order prints (an additional cost), and share the photos with friends and family.
The number of digital photos included in a lifestyle session can vary depending on a lot of factors, but generally you can expect around 50 edited, retouched photos.
Most of my clients have already booked a wedding package with me and we've discussed the vibe and location that you are wanting. If not, this is an opportunity for us to figure out the perfect spot for your session. It's a wonderful opportunity to work with each other before the big day. You'll gain an understanding of how I work, and feel familiar with poses on your wedding day.
I do require a $100 retainer to officially reserve your date. The remainder is due on the day of your portrait session. Once you're all set, I will send out a detailed email with all of the information for our session, including a style guide to help you with putting together outfits.
Once the outfits are chosen and the hair is done, you don't have to do anything but show up! My job is to find the best lighting and put you in it. You won't have to worry about posing yourselves, I'll direct you every step of the way.
Most of my galleries are delivered within 2 weeks of our session!
What's inside your camera bag?
I shoot with a Canon R6 Mark II (which has two memory card slots so a back-up is always recorded) and my back-up camera is a Canon 5D Mark IV. My primary lens is the 50 1.2L (my baby!) which vary rarely ever comes off of my camera but when I do reach for another lens -- it would be the Sigma 85 1.4, Sigma Art 35 1.4, Canon 100L.
How long will it take to get my photos?
Portrait sessions take about 1-2 weeks.
Do you edit all of the photos?
Absolutely! I go through every image and adjust for crop, exposure, and color correction. I also do very light re-touching if needed.
Do you charge a travel fee?
I do charge a travel fee for locations that are farther than 30 minutes from the Carlsbad area. This means that your portrait session includes an hour of driving time (30 minutes each way) I charge $100 for each additional hour of driving. So if we are 1.5 hours apart and you'd like me to travel to your city for our shoot, that would be a total of 3 hours of driving (which would be an additional $200 travel fee since a one hour round trip is included). Unfortunately, living in Southern California I have to go by the amount of hours and not the amount of miles.
Are you insured?
Do you offer style guidance?
Yes! I have an Engagement Style Guide that I send to clients before our session to help with putting outfits together!