The engagement session is one of our favorite parts of our time together because it gives you both a chance to be in front of our cameras before you get married, which helps make your wedding day experience feel smooth and comfortable. Not only that, but we get to create something special together. You’re going to be married for decades, but you only get to be engaged for this short period of time. We’re so excited to capture the only time in your life when you get to be each other’s fiancés.
We encourage you to brainstorm a few places and to reach out to any contacts in your personal or professional networks who have access to unique locations that would otherwise be off limits, like a family ranch. Then consider your personal style and what you hope for from the session. Do you want to be the in heart of the city with lots of architecture, surrounded by lush green trees, or running through a field?
We can always add suggestions too. A 25-mile radius of travel is included in the engagement session that covers the majority of Twin Cities locations. If there is an area outside of that range that you want to go, just let us know and we can get a custom travel quote drawn up.
A simple rule of thumb is to avoid wearing the same color for your top. Try to use no more than two colors as your accents. Your outfits will feel balanced if you both incorporate one of those accents - accessories can help pull the two looks together.
The camera loves neutral colors so aim for lighter or muted tones. We recommend avoiding ultra-bright shades, these have a negative effect on camera and risk casting unflattering colors onto your skin.
For color, choose a shade that makes your hair or eyes *pop*! When in doubt, choose a neutral shade like white, blush, blue, navy, or black as your base. If you want to add color, aim for pastels or jewel tones. Bright colors can cast unflattering color onto your skin, especially around the neck and cheeks.
Say yes to a dress or two! Flowy dresses and skirts look amazing on camera because they flatter the female body and bring extra movement to the photos. You'll have the option to wear up to 2 outfits during the session so most couples opt for a more formal and more casual look.
3/4 length sleeves create an awesome slimming effect on all arms, so be on the lookout for an option with a longer length sleeve whether it's a flirty top or a dress. You can always bring along a cute jacket or cardigan too.
Heels elongate women’s legs, making them look fabulous. Closed-toes heels in particular look great on camera because they carry out the line of your leg all the way to your toe. If you have a peep-toe heel, that's a good excuse to treat yourself to a pedicure! Tip: Bring a pair of flats to move between locations.
For hair and makeup, your engagement session is also a great opportunity to do a trial run for your wedding day. It adds a polished professional look to the images you'll have as lifelong keepsakes and they'll enhance your already beautiful features. Check in with your wedding hair and makeup team to align the dates. Be sure the makeup artist factors in the natural light we will be in outside so that it doesn't look too heavy, and let them know if you'd like to do a more natural look.
Your ring will be center stage, so give yourself permission to get it cleaned and your nails done, too!
First things first, there is no such thing as “too dressed up” when it comes to your engagement session. You're in a very romantic season and we believe your outfits should reflect that!
You have our permission to have fun with your choices and accessories too! This is your chance to flaunt anything you have ever dreamed of - like twirling in a tulle skirt or rocking a flower crown - go for it!
In our experience, every woman, regardless of her shape has an area of her body that she’s self-conscious about, so recognizing what that is in advance is key. I will be the first to raise my hand to that! Choosing flattering silhouettes and colors that compliment your natural features is the best way to ensure you’ll love the way you look in your photos. Here are some general tips to consider when you're choosing your outfit and color scheme.
Opt for a long sleeve shirt even in the warmer months. A long sleeve adds a romantic flair to each image and helps you see the ring better in pictures. Short sleeves can work for giving a more casual and playful tone to your pictures.
Choose a solid shade when possible, small patterns often don't photograph well on camera and distract the eye.
Long pants and closed-toed shoes are the most sophisticated and masculine looks for men. They draw attention away from his legs and feet and place it where you want it: on the face you fell in love with. So, for your session, it’s best to leave the shorts and sandals at home.
Ties, bow ties, pocket squares, colored socks, belts, tie clips, suspenders, vests and watches are sharp compliments to any suit.
Brown leather dress shoes compliment almost every look, whether he’s wearing a full suit or a button up and slacks.
Now that you've chosen the bride's outfit, you can narrow in how to coordinate the groom's! Incorporate pops of the primary color she is wearing into your outfit or go with neutral colors to keep the focus on her. Solid shades of gray or navy are a strong compliment to most women’s outfits, whereas pinstripes or plaid patterns tend to distract the eye.
Most couples choose two outfits for their session. One formal, one more casual. We recommend wearing your most formal outfit first.
Feel free to bring anything with you that helps you celebrate and showcase your wedding date. Choose items that match your personal style, fit with the theme, or are on the more practical side like a large blanket to get cozy or use for sitting on the ground. A pair of flats for gals to transition between locations is always a smart idea! A simple bouquet of flowers can also add an extra pop and texture to the photos. Couples who love coffee dates or tea might want to incorporate mugs. Bringing a rosary gives us a chance to photograph the two of you praying!
Frequently Asked Questions
If you plan to use your images for Save the Date cards, you will want to schedule your session 8+ months in advance to allow time for editing, designing, and delivery to your guests by the 6 month mark. This is common so that they don't overlap with the wedding invitations which typically are sent out by the 3 month mark.
We want to the focus to be on YOU so we do not watermark our images for engagement and wedding galleries. To protect the integrity of our work, we do ask that you do not apply filters or edit the images in any way when sharing on social media. As a courtesy, please tag our accounts @katzieandben to introduce us to other wonderful couples like you.
We provide access to professional printers when you order directly from your gallery. It saves you the extra time and steps of downloading and re-uploading to a different system. You also have our permission to print your photos at other locations, we just ask that you follow the guidelines within our print release.
Don’t forget to plan a date whether that's dinner, drinks, or ice cream. You’re already going to be all dressed up! Why not take advantage of it? We know the wedding planning process can feel all-consuming, so take some time after the session just for the two of you to relax and have some fun together.
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