James Linkowitz Photography - Richmond,Virginia Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer
Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer; Richmond,Virginia

Planning Your Engagement Session

 PLANNING YOUR ENGAGEMENT SESSION
 

I am so excited to work with you on your engagement session! This will be a great opportunity for you to get comfortable in front of my camera prior to your wedding and for me to learn how you interact as a couple. I'll be encouraging you to get as close and cuddly as possible and to do your best to interact and flirt with each other as opposed to smiling directly at the camera.

Nervous? Have a drink!  My personal favorite…. order a Venti Passion Tea Lemonade from Starbucks. Dump out half or split it up. Top with champagne. You’re welcome.

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What To Wear

Every photographer has their own style. Hopefully we’ve met, chatted and agreed that our visions line up! Some photographers love the color red, personally I hate it. I have no idea why…. I just do. (Rust is a totally different story).

With that in mind, this guide is meant to style you best to compliment the way I shoot. Can’t wait!


Please bring multiple options with you and get dressed at the location. That way I can help you decide what will work best given your location and the weather that day. If you have your heart set on something in advance you can email me a photo! 

Try and pick outfits that suit the backdrop. For example, heels might look great in a lounge but they'll be out of place (and uncomfortable) in an open field. Keep it casual. 

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Consider getting your make up done! It's a great day to do your wedding trial, but keep your hair natural and down. We want to create movement wherever we can - this goes for dresses too. Fabric that can flow and move is ideal and wind is our friend! 

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Compliment each other but don't be matching.
Try and stick to neutral and muted colors. 

Keep it relaxed - so you look relaxed!
As awesome as a crisp dress shirt can look for a date, in a field or forest it won't look believable. Try layering a button up over a t-shirt instead. 

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YES!
neutrals and earthy tones
denim jackets
hats! 
for him - boots or nice loafers
for him - a neural t-shirt or a subtle plaid pattern


NO
neons or bright primary colours
( red, royal blue, sunshine yellow, grass green or bubblegum pink )

NO
white shirts for either partner - beige is great, it photographs softer. We want the focus to be on you

restricting fabrics (stiff clothing means stiff photos)  
anything with logos or writing
running shoes or sneakers


Sorry, maybe that was blunt. I promise I just want you to have amazing images.

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Remember, always be yourself. Too cheesy… how about, for photos always be the most fun version of yourself.
Go ahead and tell your partner that James told you to go shopping, you can blame me - I won’t tell.

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