A Chilly Engagement Session

About half my wedding couples are out-of-towners — either they’re coming here for a destination wedding or I’m traveling to them. That means most of the time we’re meeting and chatting through online video session before their engagement portrait session.

Following these online sessions, it’s a great feeling to hit the ground running when we first meet in person. For Lindsey and Chris, a fun-loving couple from Seattle, there were smiles and laughter within the first few minutes of our engagement portrait session this morning, and that was before we even took a single image.

While we did a lot of planning to ensure we were getting the images they we were both wanting to create, this was also an opportunity for them to take a step back from all the wedding planning and craziness that comes with day-to-day life.

“It was great to get a chance to get away from the hustle and bustle. To loosen up and smile, laugh and enjoy each others company. To feel free and to know that this is the person that I am going to spend the rest of my life with,” Chris explained.

And while Lindsey had been planning outfits for a while, it all changed once they realized how cold it was in downtown Coeur d’Alene. A dress and leggings were quickly changed out for jeans and a sweater. Jackets helped keep Chris and Lindsey somewhat insulated until we started working again at the next location. As the session went on, the jackets stayed on longer.

It didn’t affect us too much since we started out inside and worked our way to some spots along the lake, downtown and near City Park. This also afforded us an opportunity to provide some variety to the images with different backgrounds like the lake, trees, brick work, and of course the great landscape that Coeur d’Alene offers.

Here are the two bits of insight Lindsey and Chris offer:

  1. Know who you are
  2. Know what you want captured

And that’s the easiest way to approach your engagement session. Really understand what makes you special as a couple and find ways to highlight that. And it doesn’t have to be prop based. If you’re the couple that goofs off and likes to laugh and smile, let that show through in your images. If you’re more of a cosmopolitan-type couple, showcase your fashion sense in a trendy location. Are you the adventurous type? Let’s go on an adventure.

The second bit of info is very important because it’ll offer you the ability to use your images for save-the-date cards, invites, reception displays, etc. But more importantly, you’ll also have the images that you’ll love to have hanging in your home or on display on social media.

Following our chilling venture through downtown Coeur d’Alene, we ended up with a solid collection of images that highlighted this loving and playful couple in a very natural and candid way.

Their wedding day is going to be a fun one for sure and I can’t wait to hang out with this couple again.

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