How to Infuse Your Personality into Your Engagement Session!

Are you ready for post #2 in our engagement sessions series? If you read our first post about engagement sessions then you already know that I love engagement sessions! To sum up that first post; engagement sessions are a great way for you to get in front of the camera before your wedding day and to get to know what your photographer’s working style is like! Another great thing about them is that there's also more time to play, stretch creatively and infuse a bit of yourself into your images! Which is what this post is all about!

Infusing your personality into your engagement session doesn't have to be complicated, you can think about a hobby that you enjoy doing together, maybe two hobbies that clash in a funny way, or simply a place that you like to go together. Think about what you like to do together.

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Where/How Did you Meet?

This couple met in a class they took together at St. Scholastica in Duluth. We started in front of this iconic building and then went to another location in Duluth to add variety to their images.

This couple met in a class they took together at St. Scholastica in Duluth. We started in front of this iconic building and then went to another location in Duluth to add variety to their images.

Maybe the local beer scene is your jam?

These two like to try new beers at different breweries around the Twin Cities. So after taking some photos at a local park, we headed to Utepils for some images in their tasting room.

These two like to try new beers at different breweries around the Twin Cities. So after taking some photos at a local park, we headed to Utepils for some images in their tasting room.

Maybe you found mugs with your nicknames on them…

Now that’s just plain adorable, and an easy addition to bring to your engagement session!

Now that’s just plain adorable, and an easy addition to bring to your engagement session!

Or T-shirts with an inside joke on them…

The whole session doesn’t have to be about these shirts. This couple did an outfit swap after taking most of their images wearing different tops.

The whole session doesn’t have to be about these shirts. This couple did an outfit swap after taking most of their images wearing different tops.

What are your hobbies?

She likes road cycling, he’s likes the mountain biking trails. After snapping some shots wearing summery clothing they changed into their cycling clothes and brought out the tandem bike.

She likes road cycling, he’s likes the mountain biking trails. After snapping some shots wearing summery clothing they changed into their cycling clothes and brought out the tandem bike.

First they frolicked in the snow wearing sweaters and jeans. Then they changed into their nordic ski wear for some photos on their skis!

First they frolicked in the snow wearing sweaters and jeans. Then they changed into their nordic ski wear for some photos on their skis!

What are your ideas? We’d love to hear them!

What is an Unplugged Ceremony and 4 Reasons Why YOU Should Have One!

We've been living in the age of smartphones for quite sometime now and the cameras on these little guys have improved so much over the years. This is a great thing! It's led to more pictures of more of life's moments! Which, in my book, is what photography is all about! When it comes to your wedding ceremony however, it's best to nicely ask your guests to pocket their phones, tablets, and cameras for just a little bit.

It's easy to politely let your guests know that you are having an unplugged ceremony. Some couples put out a cute sign, others chose to have their officiant make an announcement prior to the ceremony. 

It's easy to politely let your guests know that you are having an unplugged ceremony. Some couples put out a cute sign, others chose to have their officiant make an announcement prior to the ceremony. 

Now, I know that your guests are so excited for you and they just want to document your special day, maybe catch an angle that your pro might not be in at the moment, or they just want a photo of their own from such a meaningful day that they can look at right away. These images taken by your guests are great, just not during your ceremony and here's why.

1. Your moment: When you come down that aisle, what would you rather see? Your friends and family smiling in your direction as you walk to meet you future spouse? Or, a series of phones pointed in your direction as you crane you neck around them to get a clear view of the one you are about to promise your life to? When you're standing at the top of that aisle, waiting for your bride to appear, what would you rather see? Rectangular screens held in the air, or your beautiful bride beaming back at you?

2. Their moment: As a photographer, I know, it's hard to take in the moment completely with a camera in front of your face. That's why we are here, so they can enjoy the moment, and we can capture it. Asking your guests to stow their phones during your ceremony will allow them to be completely present with you. To laugh with you, cry with you, and really enjoy your ceremony.

3. We've got this: To be blunt, we are professional photographers. We have brought the necessary  experience, knowledge, and gear to capture the story of your wedding day for you. We also have the ability to move around during the ceremony, which I highly doubt you want all of your guests to do. Prior to the start of your ceremony, we have walked through the site, found every angle that we think would capture your ceremony best and planned out how we're going to move around as unobtrusively as possible. We have thought out where we want to be and when. We're ready!

4. The pictures you get from us: Last but not least, asking your guests to stow their phones during your ceremony allows us to do our job better. As wedding photographers, we love capturing expressions, emotion, and real moments. It's hard to do that when people are viewing your wedding through their phone. Also, aesthetically, the glowing screens can be distracting in your images. 

When it comes to an "unplugged" ceremony, I think that its something that a lot of couples don't think about. You don't realize how distracting a "plugged" ceremony can be until you're living it and by then it's too late. 

All that said, guest pictures are fantastic during other portions of your wedding day. You will surely get some gems from them enjoying your cocktail hour and reception! Your wedding day is not about us and what we want. Its about you, your love, your friends and family, we simply want to capture that for you as purely as possible.