This was my favorite shoot of 2015! It was also featured by Utah Bride Blog, which was very exciting for me! It was the first time I had ever submitted anything anywhere, so I was nervous and SO excited when they said yes! The location was perfect, the couple was perfect....so many things went into this shoot that made it perfect. I thought I would list them for all you engaged couples out there wanting to know how to make your engagement session as wonderful as this. (of course, we are going to exclude the fact that Kaitlyn and Michael are unfairly beautiful ;).....) ALL of these can be applied to any kind of shoot (family,maternity,ect....)...so this goes for everyone!
1) THEY TRUSTED ME COMPLETELY - This is the MOST important thing. When I am at a shoot and I feel that the couple totally trusts me and isn't worried about controlling the situation themselves, it unleashes my confidence and creativity! So, pick a photographer you LOVE and trust them. They will feel it, and you will be allowing them to do their VERY BEST job!
2)They came with a GREAT ATTITUDE - Nothing will kill a shoot faster than if you have someone who is not happy about being there. Not only will it effect the pictures, it will effect the way your fiance' feels when they go back and look at the pictures. They will remember how unhappy you were and that will always cast a shadow on the experience and pictures. Also, kind of the same with the first point, your photographer will feel it and although they will probably still do a great job, a poor attitude will not help unleash their full potential.
2)Their CLOTHES FIT - Nothing will look worse than if your clothes don't fit you well. I always suggest that as you are deciding what outfit to wear, to have someone take some pictures of you in them Then you can see how they look in a picture. Also, wear something that you FEEL amazing in.
3) They wore outfits that MADE A STATEMENT!- Personally, my favorite thing is when the girl wears a dress! Dresses just make the shoot feel high-end and really make a session pop!
4)Kaitlyn got her HAIR and MAKE-UP PROFESSIONALLY done- I cannot emphasize enough what an impact this makes! Sure, you think you do your make-up just fine....but I PROMISE you that a professional will do a better job. #fact :) same goes with your hair. Cassie Brimhall (instagram @cassie_brimhall , 801-341-5041) did Kaitlyn's beautiful hair and Make-up and it looked FANTASTIC. It is an investment into your pictures....and I promise it is worth the money.
5)They RELAXED and had fun! I realize this one is a little tricky since everyone has different levels of comfort with getting their pictures taken, but just try your best. It really will show in your pictures. Also, a good photographer will be able to help you out with this. Pick someone who you can feel comfortable with and enjoy their company.
6) Last, but certainly not least, pick a PHOTOGRAPHER THAT LOVES their job. I am pretty sure that clients never question when I am doing an engagement session if I am having a good time. My husband occasionally has come to assist me and he has asked me before, "Are you REALLY that excited? Or is it just to make them feel good?" Although I do love that it makes the couple feel excited and confident... YES, I REALLY AM THAT EXCITED. I sincerely have a BLAST when I am shooting, and I think is has a huge impact on my client's experience.
NOW without further adiue............