This beautiful engagement session at The Ringling was the perfect back drop for Rita and Casey’s photo session. Rita and Casey both work in the medical field and were set up by a mutual friend who just knew they’d be perfect for each other! This couple is set to be married in the fall of 2018, the reception will at the Sarasota Yacht Club. Special thanks to Michele Renee The Studio for Rita’s beautiful hair and makeup!
This Friday we wanted to talk about ADP engagement sessions! Planning a wedding can be a very daunting task and coordinating all of the details from the venue, flowers, catering, decoration, DJ’s, photographers, etc., can make that task even more stressful. Most people have never needed the services of professionals before and the search can seem difficult figuring out whom to hire for the job. When deciding all of these factors it is important not to forget possibly the most essential professional a couple will need to hire; the one who will be creating and capturing all of the unforgettable memories that will made throughout that special day: the photographer.
It is safe to say that a couple on their wedding day will spend more time interacting with their photographer than many other people attending their wedding. This being said, a couple should choose a photographer that they feel comfortable with and have no trouble developing a professional and personal relationship with as well. Usually a couple will have a consultation with the photographer of their choice before the big day. But, what all can an hour- long conversation really do to help get to know each other and create a connection? Not much. But never fear because there is a solution to this dilemma: and engagement session.You might be asking, “What exactly is an engagement session?” Well, it is a planned photo shoot with the future bride (you!) and groom that can help you loosen up and become a little more prepared for the paparazzi that will be surrounding you on the big day. Let’s not forget, most couples are not going to be experienced models and/or have previous practice working with a professional photographer, and we aren’t expecting that, so an engagement session can really become a good rehearsal for you two to participate in, practice posing together, and get to see what working with the photographer will be like.
Another perk of having an engagement session, besides getting the opportunity to have more photos of you and your soon-to-be hubby, is expressing your personality as a couple. Sending out “save the date” cards? Well, I am sure you probably have some nice photos of the two of you together but there is much more to an engagement session than creating a nice photo; it is about showing your true colors and letting others see the love you have for each other. Choosing a location with significant meaning like your first date spot, favorite hang-out, proposal site, is always a good place to start. Once that is selected, fun and distinctive details can be added into the shoot to make it unique. Some suggestions could be: incorporating pets, using props, a fun wardrobe selections, or an interesting theme. Once the engagement session is planned and executed, you should have a good start to a comfortable and relaxed rapport with your photographer. This will help ease some of the anxiety and jitters that come leading up to the big day.
Davis Island Engagement Session Jihee and Chris
South Tampa Engagement session for Jenna and Sean
Westshore Yacht Club Engagement Session for Tatiana and Ty
Renaissance International Plaza Engagement Session for Nada and Mina
Sarasota Engagement Session at Selby Gardens
St. Petersburg Engagement Session at Straub Park for Ashley and Michael
North Tampa Engagement Session for Kristy and Rhys
Downtown Tampa Engagement Session for Alicia and Tony
I had such a great time with our cute couple at their Sarasota engagement session! We had the most beautiful light that day and so much love was in the air! Very excited for their summer wedding at beautiful Powel Crosley Estate! Special thanks to Denise Burkle for fabulous hair and make-up!
David and Liz met when they were set up on a blind date by David’s brother. And the rest, as they say, is history! I have a great deal of respect for this couple; not only are they starting their life together as a soon to be married couple, but they started a very successful company together assisting individuals with mental/ and or physical impairments with determining vocational potential (Carter Vocational Visions). We had their Sarasota engagement session at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, Florida to reflect their love for the outdoors- and each other!
I knew immediately that Dana and I were going to get along. You see, she too is a Gator alumni. (YES!!) So I was more than thrilled to head to St. Armand’s Circle in Sarasota, FL for her and Gary’s lifestyle engagement portrait session (plus it was super fun for me to get a new backdrop outside of Tampa/St. Petersburg). I love really getting to know my clients and being able to capture little tid-bits of their life story. Here is some of Dana and Gary’s story:
I loved photographing your engagement portraits for you, Dana and Gary. I had a blast and definitely laughed alot! The wedding will be here before you know it (and Dana- Gary will be home before you know it, too! Gary- good luck on your rotation!)