Engagement SessionFrequently Asked Questions
Where should we have our engagement photography session done?
Regarding location, either you both can pick a location or I’m happy to pick something for you; just let me know if you prefer a nature or urban look. I’m ok with traveling anywhere in WNY area with no extra travel charge. Examples of nice locations for a shoot can be your home if you have nice land to work with, a nearby park, the beach, a farm, an urban or small town location is always great to take a walk and to see what we come up with, abandoned buildings, pretty much anything that speaks to you. A location that’s personal to you both can also be a nice touch. That said, locations don’t need to be crazy at all, they just need to provide a nice backdrop & be something you’re comfortable with. I’m also good with hitting up a couple locations if nearby and sometimes just picking a meeting place and taking a walk around and exploring an area to see what we come up with is the best way to do it. If you think something will work as a location, I can almost guarantee you it will…I can work with almost anything so if you’re stressing about location, don’t :) Regardless of location the photos should be about you both as a couple, and that’s the focus of an engagement session.
For destination engagement sessions (outside of the WNY area) the only additional charge is travel & accommodations. Just let me know what you’re thinking and I’ll quote you a travel charge from there. I usually end up doing a few engagement sessions a year in whatever city a couple might currently be living in. That said, I absolutely love doing engagement sessions in a place that has personal meaning to you, so just let me know!
What’s the best time to schedule our engagement shoot?
In terms of season, this can be whatever you like….winter included. I like to schedule all portrait sessions 2 hours before sunset when possible. This tends to provide the best and most dramatic lighting. If weather takes a turn for the worse for our scheduled session day please know that we can either shoot if you’re up for working in that kind of weather or we can reschedule, no problem at all. It’s best to get in contact with each other either the day before or of the session for weather related concerns as weather reports tend to change leading up to the day. I always leave this call up to you as the client to reschedule because some people like that dramatic sky / rainy look :) Either way, I want you to feel as comfortable as possible going into a session!
What should we wear?
The only suggestion I make is to stay away from patterns and logos and to not make any dramatic changes to your appearance prior to the shoot. Other than that, really whatever you feel comfortable with and want to see in your photos is what to where. I’m always up for a themed shoot if you’re into it and it’s something you both identify with as a couple. Also know that I may ask you to sit on the ground, move around, etc. at one point or another if you’re both comfortable with it.
What can we expect during the engagement shoot?
To hang out while having some photographs taken of you. Sounds simple and it should be….probably more than anything I’m looking for you guys to relax, be comfortable, have fun, and at times pretend like I’m not even there. This leads to some kissing, some smiles, some laughs and beautiful photographs along the way.
Can I use the photographs taken during my photo session online / with social networking sites like facebook?
Yes! As a courtesy please provide credit when posting, this is how my business works :)
How much does an engagement session cost?
When booked separately $425 ($125 deposit + $300 due at or following the session), when booked with a full day wedding collection $325. This covers the session itself, any travel time in the Buffalo / Rochester / Niagara Falls / WNY area, all editing from the session (on average 20 – 30 final edits delivered), and a digital download of the full resolution digital photographs from the session along with a print release.
How do we print photographs from our engagement session?
Following your session, you’ll receive a document from me that further explains how to either purchase prints through your gallery or download images from the engagement shoot to print on your own using the provided print release. The advantage to printing through the gallery is that you can be assured that your photographs are printed through a professional printing lab (Bay Photo) and that I review every order before it’s sent out for quality – something I’m concerned with! More info on this following your session….
We're ready to book our session. What's the best way to do that?
Give me a call at 716.393.9303 or shoot me an email with a timeframe that your looking to schedule your session at email@example.com. Please let me know if you have a location in mind or if you’d like me to choose something for you. I look forward to hearing from you!