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FALL ENGAGEMENT SESSION AT HERITAGE LAKE | KRYSTYNA AND JOHN

Our fingers and toes were numb. Each of our legs were shaking. Our bodies wanted desperately to find warmth. And still, laughter filled the at during Krystyna and John’s Fall Engagement Session at Heritage Lake. Along with the beautiful sunset, Krystyna and John were glowing with joy. They cuddled for warmth as we finished our session. They talked about how much fun the night had been.

 

“Along with the beautiful sunset, Krystyna and John were glowing with joy.”

 

Krystyna and John’s session felt so bright and so warm even though it was 30 degrees! They chose to have their session at Heritage Lake in Coatsville, IN. I had never been to Heritage Lake, but it was worth the drive!!! The lake is huge and dotted with cute lake houses. Plus, it was the perfect foreground during the sunset.

Since this session fell at the end of the fall season, John and Krystyna picked classic fall outfits. John’s plaid shirts perfectly complimented Krystyna’s scarf and chic, black attire. Krystyna also rocked some awesome boots with both of her outfits!!! And since the trees still had colored leaves, we got a pop of color in the shots!

 

Krystyna and John, I am so excited for your wedding next year! It is going to be amazing (and hopefully warmer!) Your love for each other was so evident during your session! Your laughter and kindness reassures me that your marriage will be so wonderful! I pray that your friendship continues to flourish and grow during your engagement and marriage! I can’t wait to witness capture your big day!

 

Engaged couple smile at each other near lake.
Engaged bride looks at camera while groom smiles at her.
Engaged couple snuggle under tree.
Engaged bride and groom hold each other on balcony.
Engaged bride smiles at camera while groom smiles at her.
Bride and groom smile at each other while standing under tree.
Engaged couple smiles at camera during fall.
Engaged bride and groom smile at each other near lake during fall.
Bride-to-be looks at camera and smiles while cuddling with groom.
Engaged couple almos kiss at susnet.
Engaged couple laughs next to lake during fall.
Bride and groom smile at each other under fall tree.
Bride and groom-to-be lean foreheads together.
Engaged couple stands in field of tall grass at sunset.
Engaged couple cuddles in field of tall grass.
Engaged bride and groom smile at each other on beach.
Engaged couple stand on dock at sunset.
Engaged couple stand on beach at sunset.
Bride and groom smile at each other at sunset.
Bride-to-be looks down and smiles.
Engaged bride and groom smile at each other at sunset on beach.
Engaged couple stand on a pier and smile.
Engaged bride and groom smile and hug on a sunset beach.
Engaged couple cuddle at the end of a pier.
Engaged couple lean foreheads together.
Engaged couple smiles at the camera on a beach.
Engaged couple kisses at sunset on beach.
Bride looks over shoulder while couple stands on dock.
Engaged bride and groom laugh as they snuggle.
Engaged couple stand on beach and smile.
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HUNDRED ACRE WOOD ENGAGEMENT SESSION | LINDSEY AND JOEY

I was thrilled to spend Saturday afternoon with Lindsey and Joey for their Hundred Acre Wood Engagement Session. To prevent any confusion, we did not travel to the magic land of “Winnie the Pooh!” (I wish!!) The Hundred Acre Wood is a large, wooded park connected to the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Lindsey and Joey actually picked this location because they love it the forest and the art that is placed throughout the park!
By chance, Saturday was one of the first cold days in Indianapolis this fall. And we were definitely not use to it! We shivered as we got out of our cars, but, thankfully, we soon became acclimated.  However, a huge plus of the cold was their classic fall attire!! They wore adorable jackets, and Lindsey wore a chunky scarf that was perfect for their session!! She even got her makeup professionally done by the Paul Mitchell Team in Indianapolis!
Once our session started, we walked to each location for their portraits! During our walks, conversation flowed freely and our laughter filled the cold air! And, to be honest, Lindsey and Joey are hilarious!! Their jokes were only slightly topped by the sweet glances and stolen kisses that they exchanged!! You could tell that they were truly enjoying themselves, and it showed in their images!!
Lindsey and Joey’s Hundred Acre Wood Engagement Session was perfect! Even though it was cold, I wouldn’t want it any other way! The images turned out beautifully, and we really enjoyed the session!! Lindsey and Joey aren’t getting married until next September, but I am so looking forward to capturing their big day!!
Engaged couple laughs while hugging.
Engaged couple holds hands while touching noses.
Closeup of engaged bride's makeup while hugging fiance.
Groom kisses fiancee on forehead.
Engaged couple smiles at camera during fall session.
Close up of engagement ring and scarf during session.
Engaged couple walks along riverbank duirng fall.
Bride and her fiance snuggle during engagement session.
Couple touches noses and holds hands.
Engaged couple leans in for kiss.
Engaged couple laughs while walking along riverbank.
Engaged couple laughs as they cuddle.
Bride wears engagement ring and holds scarf during session.
Bride-to-be looks over shoulder while holding hands with fiance.
Engaged couple stands on riverbank next to trees.
Bride-to-be smiles at camera while hugging fiance.
Bride-to-be looks down as fiance hugs her.
Engaged couple holds hands and kisses.
Bride and groom walk along riverbank during engagement pictures.
Engaged bride and groom cuddle during session.
Bride smiles at camera and fiance snuggles with her.
Couple cuddles during engagement session.
Engaged couple touches foreheads and laughs.
Engaged couple stands on red bridge.
Engaged couple stands on red bridge during fall.
Engaged couple kisses on riverbank.
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EAGLE CREEK STATE PARK ENGAGEMENT SESSION | JENA AND AUSTIN

It was a unusually warm fall day. The leaves were hues of yellow and red. And Jena and Austin were adorable during their Eagle Creek State Park Engagement Session….
Between the fall foliage and their cute outfits, Jena and Austin’s engagement session was colorful and bright! We arrived at the park when the sun was still high, so we concentrated our session under the beautiful changing leaves! Jena’s beautiful burgundy sweater matched her matted lips perfectly, and Austin was rocking his plaid shirt. But, friends, Jena and Austin truly made this session wonderful!! Despite the beauty around us, their personalities gave life and breath to their images.
Jena and Austin love to laugh together. It was evident from the moment we met at a Starbucks for our first meeting! Their joy and giggles fill a room with so much life, so I was ready to get them in front of the camera!!! Their images are a true testament to their love and enjoyable personalities.
However, the end of the session was the most interesting part of the session…. As we were about to make our way back to the main parking lot, I realized that my parking brake was stuck. Panicked, we kept trying to undo it. But every time we tried to release it, it was get farther stuck. Finally, thanks to some ingenuity and a lint roller (Yes, I am serious!!!), we were able to release the parking brake and drive safely back to their car!
Overall, Jena and Austin’s inside jokes and playfulness truly made our session such a lovely afternoon! They are so much fun, and I cannot wait for their wedding next year!!!
Couple walks during Eagle Creek State Park Engagement Session
Couple smiles at camera.
Couple laughs as they walk on forest path.
Couple almost kisses on forest path.
Couple laughs during fall engagement session.
Couple hugs and laughs together.
Couple walks on forest path during fall.
Couple laughs while walking during fall.
Couple smiles at each other during engagement session.
Couple stands on forest path and looks at each other.
Couple kisses on forest path.
Couple kisses during engagement session.
Couple touches foreheads together.
Couple smiles while sitting in field.
Couple laughs in field.
Couple looks at each other and laughs in fall field.
Couple smiles at camera in field.
Couple kisses in field.
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AUTUMN SUNSET ENGAGEMENT SESSION | JENNIFER AND ROBBY

Jennifer and Robby’s autumn sunset engagement session was so gorgeous! The unique The sunset was worth the wait, the weather was wonderful, and Jennifer and Robby were excited!
The two arrived for their session dressed to impress!! And I loved it! They looked soooo good! We started our session in downtown Carmel, Indiana. The cute and sophisticated area was the perfect backdrop for their polished appearance. The adorable building and the grand, white palladium accented their outfits perfected!
After taking pictures downtown, we drove to Coxhall Gardens for the rest of their session! Coxhall Gardens is filled with open fields and the most amazing willow trees! Since sunset was in full swing, we decided to take some portraits with the sunset and willows in the background. And they are beautiful! I love the glow that it gives Jennifer and Robby!
After taking a few images in their dressy attire, they changed into cute fall outfits. We spent the rest of the time taking portraits in these outfits around the Gardens. We ended the night there, as the sun was well beneath the horizon.
BONUS: One of the most unique parts of this autumn sunset engagement session is Jennifer’s engagement ring!! It is a lovely blue sapphire center stone with a diamond halo!!! And it is completely GORGEOUS! You have to check it out {and drool a little 😉 }!!
Engaged Couple Walking Down Urban Path
Bride-to-be looks at camera and groom looks at her.
Engaged Couple Kissing in front of large white building
Engaged couple stand in front of white building.
Man and woman laugh while sitting on fountain.
Engaged man and woman kiss in front of white building.
Engaged couple laughs in urban setting.
Blue sapphire ring sitting on white cloth.
Engaged couple smiles while sitting at a cafe table.
Engaged man and woman hold eachother in urban setting.
Engaged Couple laughing together while sitting
Engaged couple kiss at sunset.
Engaged Couple smiles at camera during sunset.
Man and woman smile at each other at sunset.
Couple during Autumn Sunset Engagement Session
Man and Woman kiss in from of lake at sunset.
Engagement ring closeup while bride and groom hold hands.
Engaged couple stands in grass field at sunset.
Engaged couple stands in field at susnet.
Engaged man and woman touch foreheads and smile.
Woman looks at fiance and smiles.
Engagement ring on bride's hand.
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AUTUMN RAIN ENGAGEMENT SESSION IN ZIONSVILLE | TAYLOR AND LUIS

The light rain hit the pavement as we walked through downtown Zionsville. Everything seemed to shimmer as the light reflected off of the rain. The anticipation of the session grew and grew as we arrived at our first location. We stood under an awning to talk about our plan before we stepped out to start the session…..
Taylor and Luis’ Autumn Rain Engagement Session in Zionsville was anything but ordinary. The calm rain throughout the downtown area provided a unique opportunity for a lot of laughs and a cute, clear umbrella! Taylor’s best friend, Brooke, also joined us for the session, and, friends, it was a blast!
Downtown Zionsville was our first location for Taylor and Luis’ Engagement Session. If you have not been to downtown Zionsville, it is a must. Cute shops and restaurants line the brick pavement of Main Street, and the majority of the shops and houses are also adorned with adorable picket fences. Taylor and Luis specifically picked this location because of its’ quaint charm and character.
During the shoot, our first priority was to keep Taylor and Luis dry! So the clear umbrella was our go-to accessory!!! The umbrella was passed between Luis and Taylor’s best friend, Brooke, throughout the session. In many of the images, Brooke is holding the umbrella right outside of the frame, so Taylor and Luis wouldn’t get wet! {And she did an AWESOME job! I really don’t know what we would have done without her help!}
Despite the rain continuing, we spent most of our session in the downtown area because it was so perfect. And these images are some of my favorite engagement pictures to date!!! Taylor and Luis had to stay close while under the umbrella, and it made the images so romantic and dreamy!!! Plus, the extra shine on the streets added such an airy effect to the town!!!
After such a fun time in Zionsville, we decided to go ahead and drive to our second location, Coxhall Gardens. On our way there, it started to rain a little heavier. As a result, we decided to head to the amphitheatre at the gardens and take portraits under the beautiful stone gazebo. However, there was a surprise engagement happening at the gazebo when we arrived!!! We decided to let them have some time alone, and we walked to the Coxhall Mansion to take a few portraits in the meantime. After the surprise engagement was complete {Yay for them!!!}, we finished our session at the stone gazebo!
This autumn rain engagement session in Zionsville proved to be so much better than any of us anticipated!!! Taylor and Luis laughed so much during this session, and Brooke brought the music and the jokes! Overall, I am in love with these pictures and this couple!!!! I cannot wait to shoot their wedding next year!!! They are so incredibly sweet to one another, and I am so glad that I was able to capture this special time for them!!!
Engaged couple smiles under umbrella in downtown.
Engaged couple look down while smiling.
Engaged couple kisses under umbrella.
Bride and groom hug on brick street.
Bride smiles at camera and groom leans on her.
Bride softly smiles during engagement pictures.
Engaged couple face away from camera on downtown street.
Engagd couple puts foreheads together under unbrella.
Bride smiles at camera during engagement pictures.
Engagement ring on bride's finger.
Engaged couple snuggles on downtown street.
Engaged couple kiss while in ampitheatre.
Engaged couple touches forheads while facing away from camera.
Engaged couple holds each other and laughs.
Engaged couple kiss on downtown brick street.
Engaged couple smile at camera while in ampitheatre.
Groom leans bride back and kisses her.
Bride and groom smile while looking down.
Groom leans bride back during engagement pictures.
Engaged couple kisses on downtown brick street.
Bride smiles while groom holds umbrella.
Bride and groom laugh during urban engagement pictures.
Bride smiles at camera while groom smiles at her.
Bride-to-be faces away from camera as couple hugs.
Engaged couple kiss on downtown street.
Bride and groom laugh under umbrella.
Bride and groom look down as they cuddle.
Bride laughs towards camera while groom holds umbrella.
Bride and groom kiss under umbrella on downtown street.
Bride holds onto groom as they snuggle.
Hair Artist: Brooke Wilson Hair
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CARMEL CITY CENTER ENGAGEMENT SESSION | JESSICA AND CODY

During their Carmel city center engagement session, I found out that Jessica and Cody are models in disguise! The two are so natural in front of the camera. Plus, they are so adorable when interacting with each other. Jessica’s giggly personality brought so much life and movement to our session, and Cody’s soft smiles added personable and sincere moments.

We started at the Center for Performing Arts in Carmel for their cloudy and cool engagement session. Frequently called the Palladium, the Center for Performing Arts had gorgeous white walls and gardens that surround the property. The gardens seemed to be a natural place to start as we walked, talked, and laughed through the beginning of our shoot. After shooting in the gardens, we walked across the street to the reflecting pool directly behind the Veteran’s Memorial. I love shooting next to water, so the reflecting pool was perfect for our session. We walked all the way around it, shooting at various angles as we went.

After a quick wardrobe change, we headed West to Coxhall Gardens. This is one of the loveliest places to shoot, and it didn’t disappoint. The willows, lakes, and the amphitheatre are some of my favorite things about the Gardens. So after making sure we had pictures next to the willows, we took some twirling shots at the amphitheatre to end our night!! <3

Jessica and Cody, it was such a blessing to get to know you two better and capture your love story! I loved seeing your distinct personalities shine through in your engagement images! I am so excited for you two, and I cannot wait for your February wedding!

 

Engaged bride smiles at camera in front of white building.
Couple laughs in front of the Carmel Palladium.
Solitaire engagement ring on gray background.
Indianapolis couple walks next to Carmel Palladium.
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Bride and groom smile in from of Carmel Palladium.
Bride and groom kiss during engagement session.
Bride and groom smile and lean foreheads together.
Engaged couple leans in for giggly kiss.
Engaged couple touch foreheads in front of reflecting pool.
Engaged couple walk in front of large reflecting pool.
Indianapolis couple smile at the camera during engagement pictures.
Bride and groom smile and touch foreheads during engagement pictures.
Engaged couple smiles during engagement pictures.
Bride and groom smiles as they hug in front of reflecting pool.
Engaged bride and groom lean in for a kiss under a pergola.
Engaged couple kisses in front of reflecting pool.
Engaged bride and groom walk in front of large building and water.
Bride smiles at camera while groom snuggles.
Bride and groom hold and and kiss under pergola.
Man and woman smile and lean heads together.
Engagement ring sits on concrete background.
Engaged couple smiles at the camera by lake.
Engaged couple hold hands by willow tree.
Indianapolis Groom twirls bride for engagement pictures at ampitheatre.
Man and woman lean heads together
Bride hugs groom and shows off engagement ring.
Engaged bride and groom stand under willow tree.
Man and woman smile and lean heads together at park.
Groom twirls bride at Coxhall Gardens Amphitheatre.
Bride puts her arms around groom and shows off engagement ring.
Engaged bride and groom smiles while leaning foreheads together.
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ROMANTIC SUNSET COUPLES SESSION AT BIG SPRING PARK | HANNAH AND WILL

Hannah and Will’s romantic sunset couples session was a dream!!! The evening light was beautiful. Hannah and Will are so in love. And downtown Huntsville never disappoints!

When we first started talking about Hannah and Will’s session, we knew that we wanted to have their session somewhere in Huntsville. It is a great place for portraits because of the diversity within the city. The downtown provides modern and bright urban areas that have multiple parks nestled within in it! Once we narrowed down the city, we decided the best location would be around the downtown square and Big Spring Park!

On the day of the session, it was beautiful! Despite the high temperatures, the clouds were providing a good bit of relief throughout the day. We started their session around the square downtown! White walls and cute buildings were everywhere downtown, so their portraits ended up so light and airy!!!

After spending some time in the square, we made our way through Big Spring Park! While we were in the park, the sun started setting which made the light so amazing! Plus, Hannah and Will are obviously best friends, so their session was so natural and sweet!

And then, about a week after our session, Will PROPOSED! So now, Hannah and Will are newly engaged, and I could not be happier for them! Their session is a testament to their friendship and their upcoming vows to spend the rest of their lives together! I am so excited for the life they will start together when the tie the knot!!! And I am so glad that I was able to capture their love before their engagement at their romantic sunset couples session!

Huntsville Couple kisses in front of white door.
Alabama Couple snuggles in downtown Huntsville.
Bride and Groom laugh during engagement pictures.
Bride and Groom laugh in front of white door.
Alabama couple snuggles in front of purple door.
Man kisses woman on forehead.
Alabama couple laughs in front of white door.
Bride smiles during pictures in front of purple door.
Engaged couple laughs in front of purple door.
Engaged couple laughs while sitting on steps.
Couple Stand in Front of Downtown Building
Couple stands in front of purple door.
Alabama couple smiles while sitting on steps.
Man lifts girl in front of purple door.
Alabama couple poses with dog.
Couple plays with dog in park.
Alabama couple walks dog in Big Spring Park.
Engaged Couple from Alabama Laugh at Big Spring Park
Couple laughs in Big Spring Park.
Engaged couple walks by lake and laughs.
Engaged Couple laughs next to lake
Bride puts head on grooms shoulders during engagement session.
Engaged couple plays with dog.
Couple snuggles in front of lake at sunset.
Bride smiles at camera in front of lake during engagement pictures.
Engaged Couple Laughs While Walking in Big Spring Park.
Huntsville Alabama Couple Kisses next to lake.
Engaged Couple Snuggles in Huntsville Alabama
Groom kisses woman on forehead in front of lake.
Alabama couple walks away from camera.
Engaged Alabama couple laughs next to lake.
Couple Kisses in Front of Downtown Lake
Bride twirls during engagement pictures.
Couple Snuggles at Big Spring Park in front of lake.
Engaged couple smiles at sunset.
Alabama couple smiles next to lake at Big Spring Park.
Engaged couple smiles during engagement pictures.
Engaged groom twirls bride during pictures.
Huntsville couple snuggles in front of Big Spring Park lake.
Huntsville couple kisses in front of lake in Alabama.
Huntsville couple snuggles next to lake.
Alabama Engaged couple kisses next to lake at sunset.
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ROMANTIC ENGAGEMENT SESSION IN MCFARLAND PARK | BRITNEY AND AJ

Britney and AJ’s session did not start off as a romantic engagement session in McFarland Park. It actually started differently, and ended wonderfully.

Britney and AJ scheduled a couples session back in June. They were already so excited about their session (so was I!!!!), and we knew that we would shoot where they lived in Florence, Alabama. Then, two days before our scheduled session, AJ PROPOSED!!!! So, our session became an engagement session!!!! Britney was SO excited when she told me!

With our new engagement session details, Britney wanted to have the session at McFarland Park because of the proximity to the river. And she picked well!!! The evening and sunset were incredibly beautiful! The beach, cliffs, and docks were all perfect for their engagement session!

But the true joy was seeing their faces light up throughout the session! You can see how excited they are about getting married! They are truly marrying their best friend, and I couldn’t be happier for them!

 

Couple laughs as they walk through McFarland Park
Couple smiles at each other during engagement pictures
Engaged couple laughs as they walk through McFarland Park
Couple laughs at camera during Florence Alabama engagement pictures
Bride sticks tongue out at groom during engagement session
Couple laughs while walking through McFarland Park
Florence couple laughs while walking through McFarland Park during engagement session
Couple laughs during North Alabama engagement session
Couple smiles at camera during Engagement pictures
Bride looks at groom during Florence engagement session
Couple snuggle at McFarland Park in Florence Alabama during engagement session
Engaged couple kisses in Florence-Alabama
Couple snuggle in Florence Alabama at McFarland Park during engagement session
Couple kisses at McFarland Park in Florence Alabama during engagement session
Couple snuggles under tree beside Alabama river during engagement pictures
Engagement ring on bride's finger
Couple kisses on river during Alabama engagement pictures
Couple walks along beach in Alabama during engagement pictures
Couple laughs while kissing next to river for engagment pictures
Florence bride smiles at McFarland Park
Bride holds onto groom and shows off engagement ring
Couple giggles at McFarland Park in Florence Alabama during engagement session
Engaged couple snuggle by Alabama river at McFarland Park
Bride laughs during McFarland Park Engagement Session
Couple kisses at McFarland Park in Florence Alabama during engagement pictures
Florence Bride smiles at camera during engagement session
Groom kisses bride on forehead during engagement pictures in North Alabama
Bride holds groom's arm and shows off engagement ring
Bride and Groom giggle at McFarland Park engagement session
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27 TIPS FOR GORGEOUS ENGAGEMENT PICTURES

You are engaged! Your engagement is such a short and unique stage in your life, I am so excited for you to marry your best friend! Since it is such a special time, many people opt to take engagement pictures. But, sometimes, it is hard to know what to wear and to bring to your engagement session. Check out these 27 tips for gorgeous engagement pictures! These tips will help you figure out which outfits to wear, what styles to choose, and what things to bring with you. I hope that these tips empower you to rock your engagement session and feel more confident in front of the camera!

Get ready to take a ton of screenshots…

 

Clothing

1. Feel Comfortable and Confident

If you don’t feel comfortable and in what you are wearing, you will be able to see that in your images! Once you pick an outfit, go ahead try it on a few times and make sure you are comfortable.

2. Dress It Up

You want to wear an enhanced version of your normal wardrobe, as long as it does not distract from you. Your engagement session is a perfect reason to dress up and look awesome! Wear something nice and flattering.

3. Mix It Up

Try to mix up the color of the clothing you bring for completely different looks.

4. Coordinate, don’t match!

Most people feel like they have to match their fiance in their engagement pictures. However, this is not the case. You can wear different colors, but make sure the colors coordinate with each other! That means that the colors should compliment each other.

5. Plan Your Outfits

Pick out your outfits a few days in advance, and try them on! Make sure that you cannot see any undergarments and that they outfits look good together!

6. Think About Posing

Make sure they are still comfortable and appropriate in various positions: sitting, kneeing, hands-above-your-head.

7. Check White Clothing

If your outfits are lighter in color (which I love!!!), make sure you cannot see through them! Grab a slip or an undershirt if you can see through the clothing.

8. Iron it

All outfits need to be clean and without wrinkles before your session.

9. What to Avoid

Try to avoid overwhelming patterns, large logos, baggy pieces, or horizontal stripes for your session.

10. Accessorize

Scarves, jackets, etc. are great accessories that can be easily added or removed to change an outfit.

11. Outfit Changes

There are not always convenient places to change during an outdoor session. You might want to bring car shades, large blankets, etc. so you can make a changing room.

 

Sleep & Food

12. SLEEP SLEEP SLEEP!

Get as much sleep as possible the night before the session.  You might be tempted to stay up and make last minute changes or worry about the pimple on your face. RELAX. The more rest you get, the better session you will have.

13. Puffy Eyes?

If you have a morning session, you can apply a cold compress to your eyes for a few minutes before applying makeup. This will reduce puffiness and make you feel better.

14. Don’t Skip a Meal

You and anyone accompanying you to the session need to EAT beforehand!!! Being hangry during your engagement session won’t be good for your pictures… I also recommend bringing a snack and water to your session!

 

Skin, Makeup, & Glasses

15. Protect Your Skin

Avoid getting sunburned. If you are red and peeling, you must reschedule.

16. Makeup Tips

Follow your normal makeup routine, but apply your makeup a little heavier than you would on a normal day.

17. Focus on Your Eyes

Be precise when applying eye makeup since this is where I will focus in all your portraits.

18. Plan for Touch-Ups

I highly recommend bringing chap stick, lipstick, foundation, powder, hairspray, etc. Also, bring a few makeup remover wipes, just in case.

19. Avoid the Glare

If you wear glasses, there is a chance that there will be a glare in your images. To lower the chance of glass glare in your images, you can visit your optometrist to see if they will lend you a pair of glasses without lenses, or you can have your lenses removed from your glasses.

 

Hair & Nails

20. Plan Your Hairstyle

Pick your hairstyle a few weeks before your session, and practice! If you are doing your own hair, do not try a new hairstyle the day of the session. You want to try and pick a “classic” hairstyle.  If you need a little extra hold, add some hairspray, but do not too much.

21. Should I get A Haircut?

I advise you to get your haircut at least a month before your session (girls) or a week before your session (guys). A haircut will make your hair more shiny, healthy, and natural for your session.

22. Hair Styles to Avoid

Try to avoid major hair style changes before your session including hair color. Whether you are doing your own hair or having a professional do it, you want your pictures to look like YOU!

23. Don’t forget to shave!

Girls – Remember to shave your legs and underarms if they will be visible during the shoot.

Guys – Shave or trim your beard the day of your session.

24. Clean or Polished Nails

Your hands will be in the majority of your images, so make sure your nails are clean, trimmed, and/or freshly painted.

 

Posing & Props

25. Practice Makes Perfect

Try this: Look in the mirror and smile.  Now, think about what makes you really, really happy and smile again. Do you see a difference in your smile and your eyes???  THAT smile is the one you want at your session. Your eyes light up when you really smile!

26. Bring Props

I love to add props into my client’s sessions to make it more personal. Make sure to tell me what props you would like to use before the session, so I can plan accordingly.

Props can include: bouquet of flowers, family pet, etc.

People

27. Bring A Friend

Not only should you and your fiance be there, but I would HIGHLY recommend bringing a friend or family member to the session! It is a great stress reliever in many ways to have someone with you to help out. Just make sure you are comfortable kissing in front of them! 😉

 

 

Can’t Get Enough of These 27 Tips for Gorgeous Engagement Pictures??

Check out these blog posts for more inspiration:

INDIANAPOLIS ENGAGEMENT SESSION AT WEST PARK | SHELBY AND JARED

MILITARY ENGAGEMENT SESSION AT COXHALL GARDENS | ANDIE AND DREW

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INDIANAPOLIS ENGAGEMENT SESSION AT WEST PARK | SHELBY AND JARED

On Monday, I had the pleasure of spending the evening with Shelby and Jared for their Indianapolis engagement session at West Park and Coxhall Gardens! Shelby and Jared have been together for 6 1/2 years, and they have been engaged for 2 years! Naturally, they are completely comfortable around each other and allowed me to capture their playful and intense love.

During their session, I am pretty sure that I used the word “cute” about a thousand times. (And we have since vowed that I will invest in a thesaurus or Shelby will make me a list of  alternative words!) In reality, every time I looked through the viewfinder, there was another amazing image. And it was all because these two are just so perfect for each other. You don’t have to look very hard to see their commitment and genuine adoration for each other. As their friends put it… #relationshipgoals.

I am so excited to be photographing their November wedding! And I am posting this blog on another special day, Jared’s birthday! (HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JARED!)

 

Bride-to-be smiles at camera on steps on Coxhall Gardens Mansion in Carmel, Indiana
Couple giggles in West Park Field in Carmel Indiana
Bride-to-be smiles at camera at West Park field
Bride and groom look at each other West Park field in Carmel, Indiana
Indinapolis couple smiles on steps of Coxhall Gardens in Carmel, Indiana
Indianapolis couple kisses in West Park field in Carmel, Indiana
Bride-to-be wears a bow to her engagement session

Couple looks at each other during Indianapolis Engagement Session at West Park
Carmel couple snuggles at West park during engagement session
Carmel couple relaxes on West park bridge in Carmel, Indiana
Indianapolis couple wear mickey mouse ears during their engagement session
Carmel couple leans against bridge during engagement session
Couple leans on West Park Bridge during Engagement Pictures
Couple snuggles on West Park Bridge in Carmel, Indiana
Groom kisses bride during engagement pictures at Carmel's West Park
Bride laughs towards camera by Coxhall Gardens lake
Couple snuggles by lake at Coxhall Gardens

Couple smiles at camera in front of lake at Coxhall Gardens
Couple walks at Coxhall Gardens in Carmel, Indiana
Couple laughs during Coxhall Gardens engagement session in Carmel, Indiana
Couple walks across Coxhall Gardens lawn in front of lake
couple holds hands next to Coxhall Gardens lake in Carmel, Indiana
Couple laughs and walks in Coxhall Gardens near lake
Couple cuddles on bridge at Coxhall Gardens in Carmel, Indiana
Groom kisses bride on forehead at Carmel's Coxhall Gardens
Couple kisses at amphitheater at Coxhall Gardens in Carmel, Indiana
Couple stands at the front of amphitheater at Coxhall Gardens in Indiana
Couple smiles at camera in Coxhall Gardens Engagement Shoot
Couple kisses in Coxhall Gardens Amphitheater in Carmel, Indiana