If you have followed me for long, you know that I LOVE engagement sessions!! As a people centered photographer, my goal is to capture your memories in beautiful images that will be passed down for generations to come!! In order to do this well, I want to build strong relationships with my couples.
It is also my heart for this business to be an extension of our ministry. When you become a #meridithleebride, you not only book a photographer but you also gain a friend who is committed to pray for every detail of your wedding day, and to pray for your marriage. I am PASSIONATE about building strong marriages on a foundation of Christ!
Engagement sessions are an ideal way for us to work together in a more relaxed setting, having time to get to know one another better and for me to build trust with you and your fiance. We will go through my posing system as I coach you through each variation in detail to find the perfect ways to flatter you both. I will show you the back of my camera a LOT throughout your session to make sure that you like what you see. This will help your wedding day portraits be more relaxed and go so much more smoothly because of the practice and the trust that we have built!
Relationship with my brides and grooms is such an important part of my business that I GIFT all Meridith Lee Brides a FREE Engagement Session!
But where should you schedule your engagement session? While you can ask me for some insight on places I recommend, consider these tips to help you choose a location that has significance and meaning to you and your significant other.
1. Choose a Place That Fits You as a Couple
Do you have a favorite coffee shop? Go there. Spend most of your evenings dueling it out over scrabble? Set up a session at home. The location of your engagement shoot should be one you two are comfortable in. You don’t have to go all out and glamorous if you both are more the laid back and casual. Nor do you have to search for an open field to shoot in if you’d rather shoot in front of a street mural. The location can be any place that will allow you two to act naturally and can have a story behind it.
2. Take the Sun Into Consideration.
If you are choosing a location because of the sunset or sunrise you’ll have to schedule your session accordingly. You’ll also want to take into consideration the season as well where the sunset starts later or earlier. If you are shooting at multiple locations for your engagement session don’t forget to account for travel time. If you’re going for a sunset or sunrise backdrop you may want to keep your locations closer together to give you more time.
3. Consider the Visuals and Background
Whether you are going for a rustic or urban look, brainstorm some locations that have interesting backgrounds. Find some interesting architecture or brick walls for an urban feel or fields and trails for a more urban and country feel. Try not to choose a location that has too much foot traffic since this can result in your images getting photo bombed by a passerby.