Right now on the blog, I am doing a series on "Preparing For Your Engagement Session". As we discussed last week, these pictures are kind of a big deal! After all, you're getting to take professional photos with the love of your life, and you're getting the chance to get comfortable with your photographer prior to the wedding! Last week we talked about how to select outfits for your engagement session. This week, we're going to talk about ways to personalize your engagement shoot!

     As brides to be, it is very easy to fall prey to the trap of Pinterest! Don't get me wrong, when I was a bride to be I utilized Pinterest for all it was worth, but at the same time I wanted to make sure I was planning ME AND CHRISTOPHER'S wedding---not some other bride I've never ever met before! I think this should be considered when it comes to photography also. You hired your photographer for their style, not for their Pinterest ideas ;) So how can we personalize our engagement photos to make them our own?

1. Location

     Do you and your groom to be have a favorite coffee shop that you frequent regularly? Is there a park you two go to often to relax? It's really cool when you're able to pick a photo location that has meaning to you. Did you meet at college? Shoot on campus! Did you two stroll downtown the night he first said ," I love you."? Let's shoot there! When we were engaged my husband to be had this really cool vintage truck. He always picked me up for dates in it, and it had memories of lazy spring and summer days driving down the road with Jack Johnson blaring on the radio. Guess what we used in our shoot? Yup. The truck.

2. Hobbies

    What's your favorite thing to do together? Do you like to go kayaking together? How cool would it be do a lakeside session. Are the two of you beach bums? Hello, beach session! Even if you two are happiest at home in each other company, we can shoot there. The sky is the limit here.

3. Pets

     I love it when couples opt to include their furry friends in on their engagement session. After all it's YA'LLS pet! What a great way to personalize your shoot! Although, I do recommend having a friend pick up "Sparky" after pictures so we can get some alone shots of just the two of you!


   When you look back at your engagement session, I don't want you to think, "Wow, she followed my Pinterest board to a tee!" I want you to think, "Wow! She did an amazing job capturing US being us in our environment!