TABLE OF CONTENTS
HOW MANY OUTFITS?: Most often, my couples like to have one casual, everyday outfit (think: date night) and then one outfit that is dressier! This will give your shoot two totally different "looks". I recommend beginning with the dressy outfit first!
PROFESSIONAL HAIR & MAKEUP: Ladies, I highly recommend doing your hair and makeup trial right before your engagement session! This will not only ease the stress of having to do it yourself, but you'll get to see how the hair and makeup you want for your big day will actually look in photos. It also gives you a way to use the trial for your session! Win, win!
CHOOSING COLORS: When choosing colors for your outfits, I recommend selecting lighter tones and more muted shades. By avoiding ultra-bright, bold colors, it will help bring all the attention to your faces and let the eye focus on the way you feel about each other. Soft pinks, and light neutrals like heather gray, creams, leather brown and white all work wonderfully.
SKIP CASUAL CLOTHES: I know flip flops and graphic tees are perfect for everyday wear, but especially for the guys, long pants and closed toe shoes look most masculine and photograph wonderfully! Trust me, It's just for one hour... then you can go back to your most comfortable attire. Instead...
DRESS IT UP: Have you ever wanted to rock a sequin dress, or a long flowy maxi dress? Maybe you've dreamed of wearing a floral crown, wearing a tulle skirt. This is your chance! Ladies, especially for your dressy outfit, I typically recommend a long, flowy A line dress that cinches at the waist. This is typically most flattering on most body types! For the guys, opt for a suit or nice pants and a suit jacket with a button down for your fancy outfit.
FLATTER YOUR FEATURES: Ladies, keep in mind which features you want to flatter and which features you want to hide when picking outfits! For example, if you want to hide your arms, choose a top with sleeves and skip the spaghetti straps. If you want to minimize your bust, choose a dress with a higher neckline and skip the strapless dress. If you opt for a low cut dress, it will minimize the amount of angles I can shoot!
SKIP THE SPRAY TAN: Event though it seems counter intuitive, I highly recommend skipping a spray tan altogether, even if its a few days out from your session. Spray tans tend to photograph more orange than they appear and will make you appear more orange than tan!
Recommended Session Locations
First off, I want to say that I always encourage my couples to think of session locations that have meaning to them. This will allow us to capture more genuine images that reflect your personality. Think: Favorite date spot, where you met, where he proposed, your wedding venue, your home, where you had your first date, etc. However, if you're totally stumped for locations, have no fear!! We'll work together to pick a location that fits you two best!
Here is a list I've compiled of some of my favorite locations for photo sessions! I love these spots in particular because I'm able to provide photos that are super consistent with what you see on my website & blog, and also provide a huge variety in backgrounds for you! If a location you're considering is not on this list, feel free to reach out to ask about it - chances are I've never photographed there, or if I have, it's one I can't provide a good variety of spots at! Of course, I always encourage you to pick locations that have meaning to you as well. If theres a spot that is especially meaningful and would love to incorporate it, let's chat!!
VIZCAYA MUSEUM & GARDENS
MEET AT: 3251 S Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33129
*Additional fees apply
The early 20th century Vizcaya estate also includes: extensive Italian Renaissance gardens; native woodland landscape; and a historic village outbuildings compound. This venue has beautiful areas that compliment your photos VERY well!
TREE TOPS PARK
MEET AT: 3900 SW 100th Ave, Davie, FL 33328
This local park has lots of areas with greenery to choose from! The park offers an area with a giant tree house as well a beautiful lake area. Both these areas are great locations that offer beautiful backgrounds for your photos.
MEET AT: 4005 S Hiatus Rd, Davie, FL 33330
This beautiful park with a great big open field that allows us to capture amazing shots during sunset hours. You will get beautiful greenery and trees in the background of your shots which always looks great!