Rippetoe Studios
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engagement

Engagement Session Information

When to book - I’m able to schedule your session Monday through Thursdays and ideally we will be shooting in the evening. The best light is two hours before sunset and continues through dusk. If it is absolutely impossible to plan on a weekday let me know, I tend to be busy on the weekends (that wedding life) but do have availability here and there.

If you have to get Save the Dates out try to plan your session accordingly. Since the general edit time for photos is 2-3 weeks, I recommend planning the shoot around 5 months before the wedding. That gives you plenty of time to get everything put together. 

 

What to expect - These sessions are really about coming together and getting to know each other. It’s a chance to capture moments that tell your story, showcase creativity, and illustrate the love you share. 

It’s the perfect opportunity for you to get to know me, for me to learn how you work as a couple, and how we all work as a team. Both of you, me, and the camera. It’s a great way to learn about each other’s personalities and comfort zones. This is also a chance to practice for the wedding day, everything goes much smoother if we’re already comfortable with one another. 

How long your session is depends on you and your partner. I know taking pictures is a stress inducing activity, but the longer we can take the better photos you will get. My general approach to the session is very relaxed, I’ll be taking my time and not trying to rush anything along. A huge part of my workflow during sessions is taking time to build connections with you, that’s my primary goal. If you are comfortable with me, you’ll be a lot more comfortable with my camera in your face. This process tends to take time. I’d like to spend at least a few hours with you, sometimes as much as a full day.

My shoots tend to focus on one thing: capturing your connection with each other. For me to be able to do that you need to be focused on each other, which is why I ask that you leave any friends or family at home.

After the session I’m totally open to any feedback you may have. Let me know what you think, it will help me create better images for you on your wedding day! 

 

Location - Pick somewhere that you care about. Take this as a chance to get out of the house and explore somewhere. Wherever we go, try to have a connection to it. That way you will be a bit more comfortable and excited about the pictures.

It’s also super helpful to plan some sort of activity during this time. My favorite photos tend to come from situations where people aren’t just posing in a pretty place, this is why I enjoy weddings so much. In a session like this it’s not easy to have those more natural moments. Let's go hiking, explore a city, have a picnic, make a fire on the beach, whatever comes to mind.

If you are having trouble thinking of a spot, let me know! 

 

What to wear - Just like your location, your outfits should be an expression of you. You’ll also want to keep your location in mind while planning your wardrobe. Pick something that won’t blend into the background easily. A touch of red, blue, or yellow can really pop and make you stand out. 

Complement your partner but try not to match. Think of it as going to an event together, have your own style and match each other accordingly. Accessories can easily tie outfits together.

During the shoot please take as few items with you as possible. It’s easy to lose track of your phone or wallet, and it could set the shoot back awhile if we have to retrace our steps to find things. Leave anything that is unnecessary in the car, or I can carry them. I’ll have some really big bags so it’s no bother!

Confidence is everything, especially when it comes to photos. Your pick of location should set you at ease and make you feel at home, and your outfit should do the same. What you choose should be comfortable, complementary to your style, and make you feel great. If you feel good, you look good. 

 

This is just a basic guideline to help you, if you have further questions let me know. I look forward to photographing you soon!