What goes into our engagement photography? For starters, beautiful locations, charming couples, and a dash of fun and romance! The engagement shoot is the perfect place to get to know your wedding photographer. Not just as a photography professional, but on a personal level. It also provides the opportunity for us to see how you interact together. By knowing you better, we are able to tailor your shoot around your personality as a couple. This helps ensure that your images remain timeless over the years.
Why We Tailor Your Engagement Shoot
We know from years of photography experience that no two couples are exactly alike. Therefore, there is no one-size-fits-all photo session. We don't have a pre-made template of what a shoot should be and expect you to fall in line. Instead, we find out about you as a couple and adjust the shoot accordingly. For example, let's say your favorite activity is to curl up at home and read books together. The last thing we will do is put you on water skis and have a wild water adventure! Or, let's say you are into hiking and extreme sports. If this is the case, we will get you outside as fast as possible, and capture you in your element. We would not keep you cooped up indoors because we want to capture your authentic selves.
When booking your engagement photography shoot, be sure to tell us about yourselves. For example, let us know your favorite locations, a bit about your personality, and things to do as a couple. This way, we can begin planning your engagement shoot accordingly.
When To Have Your Engagement Photography Shoot
It is a good idea to reach out to our photography studio immediately after your engagement, or as soon as possible. The reason is that photo shoot dates book quickly, and it's helpful to reserve a date on our calendar. The nice thing about our studio is that we have a number of engagement shoot photographers within our core team. This means that we will have more availability and flexibility than any other studio.
We understand that you are likely both busy with wedding preparations, work, or just normal life. To make things easier, we are typically able to photograph your engagement shoot after work, or towards the end of the workday. This ensures that you have ideal lighting conditions while also being conducive to your schedules. We will work together to choose a location that is convenient, so you have plenty of time to arrive at your shoot relaxed and ready to be photographed.
Where To Hold Your Shoot
Most of our engagement shoots are photographed right here in San Diego. If you are having a destination wedding, or you live in another city, we will work together to make other arrangements. We like to hold your photo shoot in a location you enjoy as a couple, or one that holds fond memories. For example, the site of your first date, or the neighborhood park where you walk your dog. By including a location that has extra meaning , you will look back even more fondly on your photos. We also have our favorite spots around town, such as Seaport Village, Balboa Park, Old Town, and parts of Downtown / Gaslamp Quarter. If you are unsure about where to have your engagement session, be sure to ask us for recommendations.
What Will The Shoot Be Like?
Essentially, we will capture you acting naturally and having a great time together. Your photographer will guide you throughout the entire shoot in a way that is unobtrusive and helpful, making sure that you look great for the camera. Based on your chosen location, we will have a few different backdrops in mind. We look for surrounding areas that have interesting textures, scenic views, and pops of color. By placing you in different environments like this, you will have a nice variety in your photos.
Even if you are nervous starting out, you'll likely find that once you start interacting with your photographer, you will quickly become comfortable. This is because in addition to being amazing shooters, all of our hand-picked photographers are very fun and personable :) You should find yourselves at ease and in the moment, as if you were on a date together. It is an experience you will both remember for a long time!
Engagement Photography Specialists
To give you added comfort, our studio is very well known as engagement photography specialists. Apart from being experienced photographers, we are highly trained and experienced engagement photographers. This is a specialization all to itself. It is one that we have worked hard to perfect over time. We will take everything we have learned and put into practice, and apply it to your engagement photo shoot. This will ensure that you receive creativity that is evident in your images, along with technical expertise.
Engagement Shoot Pricing
All of our engagement shoot pricing is available online. This makes it easy to determine the options for your engagement shoot. You may already have an engagement photo shoot has been accounted for in your photography budget. Or you may be seeing our engagement photography for the first time. In this case, you may realize that you would love to have an engagement session. In most instances, we are able to make an engagement photo shoot work within budget, with different creative solutions.
Some of the factors that affect the shoot pricing are length of shoot time, day of the week, and whether it is on a holiday or special calendar day. We will be happy to talk you through all the options available for your engagement shoot with our studio. This way, you are able to make the best choice for your overall wedding budget, with no corners cut.