Engagement Sessions with Camera Art and What to Wear

As I mentioned in my earlier post, we are beginning to schedule our 2010 engagement shoots. Our first one was with Stephanie and Ben and you can see a few of their images below or view their entire album at Camera Art Photography under View Your Session. I have begun contacting all of our current wedding couples for the 2010 season to schedule your sessions. If you haven’t heard from me, please feel free to email or call me.

Here is some information on our approach and what’s included in your engagement portrait session.

Engagement portraits are the first fun part of the wedding photography experience and Camera Art includes an engagement photo shoot with each wedding we book. Through imagery, we strive to show the couples love and chemistry, their joy from being together and do that with a variety of creative looks.

Each engagement shoot is different. It is a collaborative process. We try to learn more about the personality of each couple and capture that in your images. Each engagement session is important for establishing a relationship and building trust between the couple and the photographers prior to the wedding day.

You will usually spend 1 to 2 hours with one photographer – Carrie. We will spend time at our indoor studio with professional lighting equipment and an outdoor location. We have obtained great engagement photos from local area parks and sites which we will recommend. We can accommodate an alternate location that has special meaning to you as a couple. There is one place that has special meaning for us – we are big fans of Dawson Creek Park. It is located near our Studio and provides endless opportunities for interesting backgrounds and provides a variety of looks for your final images.

You can expect between 25 – 40 final images. Your images will be loaded on our website at www.cameraartphoto.com under the View Your Session tab within 3 – 4 days after your session. You will receive an email letting you know your images are available for viewing with a link. If you will need a password protection for your images, please let us know prior to uploading your images. You will be able to browse previews on-line and order prints. You can also purchase individual digital images to reproduce for your Save the Date or Invitations or for whatever purpose you need or you can purchase the entire collection of digital images. Please ask us for the current season pricing.

Engagement Photography Products Available
· Prints in the sizes you want
· Coffee table books or digital albums
· Signature Boards
· High Resolution digital images
· Signature album for your wedding day

You can use Camera Art for your engagement photos even if you don’t use us for your wedding. Separate engagement portrait sessions are $200. You get an outdoor session in a place of your choice in the Portland Metro area. If you would like your digital images from your session, the cost is $399 for your session and a DVD containing your high-resolution digital images with a shared copyright release.

I get lots of questions from our couples about what they should wear for their engagement shoot. Here are some basic principles to help you prepare.

Engagement Photo Shoot – What to Wear

The basic principles of dressing for an engagement photo session are to wear clothing that you can sit, stand and walk comfortably in because you will be moving around quite a bit for a variety of different photos. You want to choose clothing that compliments each other. It is important to stay away from busy or loud colors or patterns, words or logos on your clothing. Select clothing styles that reflect who you are. You can go for a relaxed style with khaki and blue tones that look great together or light colored tones to keep things casual and fun. Earthy color tones compliment each other also. White t-shirts and blue jeans is a great look, if that’s your style. Keep in mind that darker colors are most slimming on women. Be sure to maintain the same level of formality in both your outfits. Give your shoes the same attention you give your outfit – they will likely be in some of the photos. Dress appropriately for the weather. Layers are a good thing.

If we have an indoor/outdoor shoot planned, you can bring a change of clothes for some variety.

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