How to prepare for your engagement session

Congratulations! You’re getting married!

This is such an exciting and overwhelming time and you may be wandering what is next between choosing a venue, your dress and so much more that comes along with the first couple of weeks. Well that’s why I’m here! To encourage you and let you know that everything is going to be BEAUTIFUL!

So what now?! Engagement session time!

Engagement sessions are a great way to get used to being in front of the camera and building a relationship with your photographer. One of my favorite parts of walking through this process with my clients is getting to know my couples prior to the wedding ceremony— An engagement session is the perfect way to do this!

Trust me, from doing this for 4 years and experiencing this for myself, I can honestly say your engagement pictures will be used OVER and OVER! From your save the dates, to your invitations, as display (for your shower, rehearsal dinner and WEDDING!) And yes even for social media purposes!

This post is for anyone who booked an engagement session with me or is just curious on this topic. Whether you’re uncertain about what to wear to your session or how prepare for it.

Here is a list of quick tips to help you:

1.   Choose your outfits

 This is SOOO important… Its why its my number 1 on this list. Find outfits that will look flattering, great on camera and that will compliment one another! Notice, I said compliment… NOT match :) Also, brides: pay attention to your grooms’ attire. Sometimes we get so caught up in our outfit that we forget his. We want to make sure this session reflects both of you successfully! So here is my inspo board for Engagement Session Attire.  

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2. Use the opportunity to get dolled up.

It’s not every day that you get professional pictures taken! So enjoy the process— pamper yourselves if you can. Ladies, get your make up & hair professionally done … Grooms, go get a trim! I truly recommend this because if you feel beautiful/ handsome, it will make all the difference in your camera confidence. Brides, I REALLY recommend applying SPF free make-up because SPF make up can make your face look paler.

3. Know what to expect during the engagement session.

Worried about the poses? The creative direction? Relax. It will all be taken care of, you will quickly catch on to some of the basic poses. Also, please remember that this is a time when you two are simply spending time together as its caught on camera. Its all in the breathing and don’t be afraid of having a conversation as I shoot. It’s a time to be yourselves and relish the moment!

 4. Where should we have our photos taken?

Not to worry, I have a couple of spots I love to shoot at and will suggest. Let me know the basics, are you looking for: City? Country? Bit of both? Lake? Ocean? Rocks? Generally, I love locations that can give us various scenes. I typically prefer timeless outdoor locations, with plenty of natural lighting (although indoor locations can also work great)

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5. About what time should we plan to begin taking photos?

As long as the sun is not right above you two, I’m fine shooting anywhere between 10-7. However, 2 hours before sunset is usually the best time to shoot. Golden hour is very popular amongst my clients & the prettiest lighting. So, for example, if sunset is at 7:30pm, we'll usually plan to start around 5pm.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME<3

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME<3

The Fashion Muse xx

As many of you know, I work with influencers on a weekly basis. One of my Clients is Prissy Torres from The Fashion Muse. She's edgy, fierce and unafraid of shooting anywhere. Although we have shot a good amount of outfits, in a good amount of locations, I have to say that this session was so sweet. It was filled with natural color. Welcoming the spring and the matte tones to come. As an artist, I appreciate nature and how it reflects itself through my lens. 

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As an artist, I appreciate nature and how it reflects itself through my lens. I loved shifting through dusty pinks, burnt oranges and pearly purples.

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Ah.... So refreshing

Ah.... So refreshing

Salt & Light ;

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I take so much pride in getting to know my clients. For me, Its just another opportunity to create fine art. Every session is different, because every person is different. This session was so special to me because my client, Hosana was in awe of this season of her life and I was able to capture the joy that oozed out of her. I loved her spirit!

I take so much pride in getting to know my clients. For me, Its just another opportunity to create fine art. Every session is different, because every person is different. This session was so special to me because my client, Hosana was in awe of this season of her life and I was able to capture the joy that oozed out of her. I loved her spirit!

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Till next time! :)

Till next time! :)

Model, Blogger & Stunner!

Claudina is a vibrant Mexican Model and Blogger. She is currently building a "mommy & me" blog where you will read tips and tricks on mommy lifestyle hacks!

 

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Can I just say her effortless style is everything!!!!?!!

Can I just say her effortless style is everything!!!!?!!

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Typically, blogger sessions include multiple looks and I must say: This girl knew how to dress and accessorize from head to toe!   

Typically, blogger sessions include multiple looks and I must say: This girl knew how to dress and accessorize from head to toe!

 

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It was a beachy kinda day... :)

It was a beachy kinda day... :)

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and bam! Tanning time!!!!

and bam! Tanning time!!!!

Closing with Nikki Alvarado

This blog post is a journalistic approach to a realtors day-to-day life. Nikki Alvarado, business owner and full-time realtor contracted me to follow her on one of her closing days:

Early mornings on a closing day consists of hundreds of phone calls and emails in order to have a smooth day. In other words: making sure that the days challenges have found solutions. Nikki was getting ready for the walk through with the inspector and the future home-owner.

Early mornings on a closing day consists of hundreds of phone calls and emails in order to have a smooth day. In other words: making sure that the days challenges have found solutions. Nikki was getting ready for the walk through with the inspector and the future home-owner.

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As they greeted one another with cheerful spirits, they began their day.

As they greeted one another with cheerful spirits, they began their day.

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Nikki the realtor/owner of blog&nbsp;  We Love the Home &nbsp; &nbsp;was ready to begin the first part of her day, the inspection! With the future home owner and inspector.

Nikki the realtor/owner of blog  We Love the Home   was ready to begin the first part of her day, the inspection! With the future home owner and inspector.

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Once they finished the inspection outside of their home, they made their way into the most exciting part!

Once they finished the inspection outside of their home, they made their way into the most exciting part!

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Nikki is also a home decorator, she brings in a unique take on realty. Most of her clients will contact her immediately after a closing in order to rearrange their decor and often times send her shopping for new pieces. Nikki has the "cozy" touch and its what all her clients long for.&nbsp;

Nikki is also a home decorator, she brings in a unique take on realty. Most of her clients will contact her immediately after a closing in order to rearrange their decor and often times send her shopping for new pieces. Nikki has the "cozy" touch and its what all her clients long for. 

Nikki's vision is what makes a house a home.

Nikki's vision is what makes a house a home.

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After the house was inspected and approved, they moved their way down to the home association office. Where they began their final steps before home-ownership!

After the house was inspected and approved, they moved their way down to the home association office. Where they began their final steps before home-ownership!

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The longest part of a closing is the paper and the million signatures required. However, its all worth it in the end!

The longest part of a closing is the paper and the million signatures required. However, its all worth it in the end!

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Once its all over, all that is in the waiting is a fist-pump and a home decor gift!

Once its all over, all that is in the waiting is a fist-pump and a home decor gift!

Nikki always makes an effort to gift her clients with a personal touch of decor.

Nikki always makes an effort to gift her clients with a personal touch of decor.

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When they finally opened their gift, it was all smiles and tears!

When they finally opened their gift, it was all smiles and tears!

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And with that, its time to hand over the keys!

And with that, its time to hand over the keys!

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It was a beautiful end to they day! Nikki and her client rejoiced and danced! They gave all the thanks to the Lord &amp; all the glory! I was delighted to capture with joy.

It was a beautiful end to they day! Nikki and her client rejoiced and danced! They gave all the thanks to the Lord & all the glory! I was delighted to capture with joy.

Chloé + Steven; Engagement Session

Not many couples that I shoot have the chemistry that Steven Vargas and Chloé Di Pietro have. They are a Miami-based power couple that have been together for 8 years. They were looking for a lifestyle shoot that captures their relationship in a journalistic POV. 

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One thing that I loved about this couple is their comfortability with one another. I was able to capture candid shots without the "awkwardness"&nbsp;of me being present in their home.

One thing that I loved about this couple is their comfortability with one another. I was able to capture candid shots without the "awkwardness" of me being present in their home.

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As the day progressed, I began to see a side of Chloé and Steven that displayed extreme confidence in who they were as a couple.&nbsp;Although the scene of the session began in a lifestyle approach it shifted slightly to a more editorial take. It was so interesting to witness this because I still managed to capture their story in such an authentic form.&nbsp;   

As the day progressed, I began to see a side of Chloé and Steven that displayed extreme confidence in who they were as a couple. Although the scene of the session began in a lifestyle approach it shifted slightly to a more editorial take. It was so interesting to witness this because I still managed to capture their story in such an authentic form. 

 

I appreciated seeing their assurance in one another as they took a stroll around their neighborhood. They spoke about their plans for the rest of the weekend, planning how they wanted to spend their 8th anniversary.&nbsp;

I appreciated seeing their assurance in one another as they took a stroll around their neighborhood. They spoke about their plans for the rest of the weekend, planning how they wanted to spend their 8th anniversary. 

It was truly a blessing to witness their commitment toward one another. I loved how they had no shame in loving one another publicly and DANCING to their own rhythm. Yes, dancing. They totally danced in the middle of Brickell!

It was truly a blessing to witness their commitment toward one another. I loved how they had no shame in loving one another publicly and DANCING to their own rhythm. Yes, dancing. They totally danced in the middle of Brickell!

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Whoever lives in love lives in  God , and  God &nbsp;in them."&nbsp; Ephesians 4 :2

Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them." Ephesians 4:2

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I LOVED capturing their LOVE. Cannot wait to shoot this power couples wedding next year &lt;3

I LOVED capturing their LOVE. Cannot wait to shoot this power couples wedding next year <3

The Thorntons Pt.1

I've known the Thorntons for a couple of years now and we have made it an annual tradition to capture their home during the holiday season as it progresses.

On this day, they were getting ready for their holiday party that afternoon which was being hosted in their cozy home.

On this day, they were getting ready for their holiday party that afternoon which was being hosted in their cozy home.

The early morning was quiet and the day seemed to stand still... But Nicole, mother of little Kira and wife of Ben Thornton was up and ready to plan for the eventful night that was going to take place in just a couple of hours.&nbsp;

The early morning was quiet and the day seemed to stand still... But Nicole, mother of little Kira and wife of Ben Thornton was up and ready to plan for the eventful night that was going to take place in just a couple of hours. 

She sipped her coffee and pointed out to me some of the plans for the nights festivities.&nbsp;

She sipped her coffee and pointed out to me some of the plans for the nights festivities. 

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The Thorntons are a laugh-centered family. They all have a sense of humor and are all different.

The Thorntons are a laugh-centered family. They all have a sense of humor and are all different.

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I loved that their home was filled with lots of trinkets and accents that filled the home with love and reminders to love.

I loved that their home was filled with lots of trinkets and accents that filled the home with love and reminders to love.

Before I left they continued with their holiday setting up and filling up their cute pencil tree.

Before I left they continued with their holiday setting up and filling up their cute pencil tree.

Till Next time Thorntons!

Till Next time Thorntons!

Erin Nicole: Beauty Blogger pt.2

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Its always a pleasure scoping out Miami's finest events and coffee shops with this beauty. Erin has lived in 3 states and she is the epitome of glam. She is originally from Tampa, however her classy character lends its self to Miami's spunkiness. 

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We are glad to have her here to bring a refreshing perspective on fashion and all things beauty.

We are glad to have her here to bring a refreshing perspective on fashion and all things beauty.

One thing I totally admire about this lady is her sense of style. She can manage to make a risqué outfit into a classy piece. She knows how to mend classy with bold.

One thing I totally admire about this lady is her sense of style. She can manage to make a risqué outfit into a classy piece. She knows how to mend classy with bold.

Erin is a "girls-girl" She is the person to call when you want to go shopping, need some fashion inspo and grab a latte mid-way.&nbsp;

Erin is a "girls-girl" She is the person to call when you want to go shopping, need some fashion inspo and grab a latte mid-way. 

Visit Erins beauty blog  HERE! &nbsp;&amp; visit her youtube channel for this seasons newest looks!   

Visit Erins beauty blog HERE! & visit her youtube channel for this seasons newest looks!

 

Kira Bella Thornton: Actress, Model, Dancer

Kira's definition is BEAM OF LIGHT! & Thats exactly accurate. She is a one of a kind upcoming actress.

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Her family and agents calls her "Flower child". Kira has a bold yet hippy-like personality. She loves playing in nature and is so easy to capture since she doesn't believe in posing for one bit. I actually caught her talking to the sun and later on the flower she is holding above.

Her family and agents calls her "Flower child". Kira has a bold yet hippy-like personality. She loves playing in nature and is so easy to capture since she doesn't believe in posing for one bit. I actually caught her talking to the sun and later on the flower she is holding above.

This free spirit wanted to show off her 60s inspired dance costume and proceeded to run around and play with her beach ball!

This free spirit wanted to show off her 60s inspired dance costume and proceeded to run around and play with her beach ball!

There is never a dull moment in the Thornton house hold because this rising star runs the show!

There is never a dull moment in the Thornton house hold because this rising star runs the show!

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Kira, you've got spunk kid!

Kira, you've got spunk kid!

Upcoming Blogger: Gabrielle Nunez

There is a thrifty blogger coming to our social media town. She is fresh, and dedicates her time to fashion. She worked for the Webster in the design team and spends her weekends thrifting, selling, sowing and rearranging closets. She has a green thumb and she loves organic looks.

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