Shooting a pre bridal or engagement session is a great moment for me and for the newly engaged couple. I get a chance to get to know the future bride and groom and explore whats meaningful to them. Our clients also have fun, and have an opportunity to relax in the session and celebrate the fact they are soon going to be married. Couples tell me how much they like looking back at their photos after the wedding. Its a completely different experience than the wedding as we generally encourage couples to dress casually, and shoot in a setting that has a personal connection for them as people. I shoot a lot of these on the beach as the Monterey, Carmel, and Pebble beach have so many choices for a great beach.
We have also had some great sessions in some of the vineyards and country settings that are in Big Sur, Monterey, Carmel Valley.
With Lucy and Kyle they wanted to go to a spot on the beach near her parents home, and basically they played….every session is different an unique to the people I am shooting. The images from the engagement wedding photo sessions are generally used in a save the date announcement and we include an enlargement with a signing matte…we also have created and designed beautiful wedding guest signing albums using these shots, and guest enjoy seeing the bride and groom in a more informal setting.
Maia and Peter and very specific ideas bout their session and we use a variety of natural backdrops for theirs….just like a wedding no two engagement sessions are the same…I love my job.