It’s true, engagement sessions have been done and redone. The fad wedding police wrote them off sometime in the 80s. But couples over and over have continued this tradition and have said over and over too that now is not the time to end this tradition. Because after all how can you not show the world what an awesome-happy couple you are right. It has to be done, and you want to get this done so it’s become a can’t miss thing there on your to do list of things for the wedding.
This is the reason why we include an engagement session with every package. The investment is time well spent as it affords the opportunity to rehearse the moves in front of the camera, interaction with the photographer, showing everyone what a hot couple you are and ultimate to play fun and games with the most exciting person in your life.
Our sessions are 1-2 hours long or until we have captured “the shots”. The shots are captured through what we call the “photo walk.” During the walk, John will guide and direct you into locations with soft pleasing light, interesting scenery, mood, and background elements. The goal is always to position in you in a quality of light that makes you look good, softening your facial features, highlighting your skin, your hair, you good looks and everything else in between. When all these elements are in place, John's ready to click the shutter to record this awesome time in your lives.
You can expect to receive 75-100 fully edited pictures. These will be ready for you to order exciting products from your favorite retailers, desktop prints, metal prints, canvasses and so much more. One of the best feelings in the world is to hang artwork around your home of you and the people you love the most.
Our area (OC/LA) is spoiled with beautiful locations, choices really abound. If possible we recommend to tie the location you choose to a place that has meaning for the two of you. Examples of this would be the place where he proposed, the place where you met, the place you frequent on dates like movies, shopping places, parks etc.. If nothing comes to mind, you can still pick a place just because of it’s beautiful qualities, the main subject is still the two of you.
Here’s a partial list of some locations of where we have photographed: Laguna Beach (Main, Heisler Park, Montage) Corona Del Mar (Pirate's Cove) Dana Point Harbor and Museum, San Clemente Main Beach, Newport beach Pier, Huntington Beach Pier, Seal Beach Pier, Long Beach (Shoreline, Aquarium of the Pacific), Manhattan Beach Pier, Hermosa Beach, Santa Monica Pier and 3rd street Promenade, Malibu, Coronado San Diego.
Additional locations: San Juan Capistrano Mission, Los Rios District, Griffith Observatory, LA Union Station, Downtown LA, Fullerton Downtown, Huntington Beach Main Street, Marina Del Rey, Pasadena City Hall, Universal City Walk, Old Town Pasadena, Balloon Ride Temecula, Disneyland, Disney Concert Hall, Balboa Fun Zone
Mountains/Desert: Lake Arrowhead, Big Bear, Palm Springs,
Parks: South Coast Botanical Gardens, Fullerton Arboretum, Shoreline Park Long Beach, San Diego Balboa Park, Huntington Beach Central Park, Irvine Regional Park, Laguna Beach Canyons
We also recommend off the beaten path locations as well far away locations requiring some travel such as the local Southern California Mountains and Deserts and other unique and un-usual locations.
A well thoughtout wardrobe can elevate an engagement session and transform it into a magazine production shoot. We highly encourage investing some time into the the colors and textures you and your partner will be wearing. Here's a Pinterest style guide of pins which you may find helpful. Above it all, we recommend wearing clothes that are comfortable and make you feel good.
We recommend the session be do as soon as is possible. There are numerous benefits for this, for example you can use the images as photo elements for your save the date cards, for your invitations, to create signing table/guestbook images and so much more.
We hope you have found this information about our Orange County engagement photo sessions helpful. If you're still looking for a photographer for your wedding day, we would love to talk with you, simply fill out the contact form below to tell us a little bit about your wedding and we'll be happy to talk with you. If you prefer to email us directly our email address is email@example.com.
We look forward to creating and capturing these exciting moments of your lives!