I absolutely LOVE shooting engagement sessions!  Not only does it give me a chance to get to know my clients better before the big day, but it also gives my clients a chance to become more comfortable in front of my camera.  It’s awesome when I show up on the wedding day and I’ve already become friends with the bride and groom, since I got to know them better during the engagement session.  While planning the engagement session, my clients often ask me for clothing suggestions, so I thought I might share my advice right here on the blog!What to Wear engagement session | Sacramento Wedding PhotographerGO DRESSY!  I love it when the future bride wears a gorgeous dress.  You might even check out Rent The Runway to get something extra fancy.  You’ll have time to change into a second (and possibly even a third outfit) so you’re welcome to wear something more casual for the outfit change.what to wear engagement session Sacramento destination Paris France wedding Photographerwhat to wear engagement session Sacramento destination Paris France wedding Photographerwhat to wear engagement session Sacramento destination Paris France wedding PhotographerCOORDINATE!  Wear the same color palette (without being matchy matchy) and also coordinate on the level of formality. Carmel Mission engagement session Monterey Bay Area Wedding PhotographerWhat to Wear engagement session | Carmel beach wedding photographerWhat to Wear engagement session | Carmel beach wedding photographerDON’T FORGET ACCESSORIES.  Bringing in more layers and accessories can add more interest to the pictures.  Plus it’s nice to have something you can add or take away to have even more variety with your clothing options.What to Wear | nautical Monterey marina harbor engagement sessionWhat to Wear | nautical Monterey marina harbor engagement session Carmel beach

ADD COLOR & PATTERNS! Your engagement session is a great time to show off your individuality and possibly even incorporate the colors from your upcoming wedding day.  Don’t be afraid of patterns and bright colors…  They make the pictures more fun!What to Wear to your engagement session | Sacramento Wedding PhotographerWhat to Wear to your engagement session | Sacramento Wedding PhotographerWhat to Wear to your engagement session | Sacramento Wedding PhotographerPROFESSIONAL MAKEUP!  I highly recommend getting your makeup done professionally.  If you already have a makeup artist booked for your wedding, you might see if she’s available that day for a wedding day trial.  Professional makeup artists know how to apply makeup that will last and also make you look your best for photos.what to wear to your engagement session | Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographerwhat to wear to your engagement session | Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer

BRING TWO OUTFITS!  Most couples bring two or three outfits for their session… One dressy and one more casual.  It’s nice to have some variety!
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Marie & Leo’s wedding at the Chateau de la Perriere in the French Countryside was nothing short of amazing!  I don’t even know where to begin… This really was a dream come true for me to travel to France to photograph a wedding!  I was even more honored because the wedding couple is so very sweet and simply perfect for each other!  We started the morning at Marie’s family home in Angers (pronounced on-jay).  Different parts of their home were built in the 16th, 17th, and 18th century, so I had a lot of fun photographing Marie’s wedding details around her home!  We did the first look in front of the oldest part of their house.  Then off to the chateau for some wedding portraits!  Their wedding ceremony was inside what the U.S. would consider a city hall… which is required for all French weddings.  Then back to the chateau for their wedding reception, which went until 4 am!  It was a whirlwind day and I still can’t believe I got to be there for this!  Here are all my favorites from the 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I’ve been regularly adding a roll or two of medium format film to every photo shoot and wedding recently and I am just LOVING the results!  Had to share a handful of favorites from this gorgeous Winter wedding I photographed at the LDS Sacramento temple in December.  Aren’t they just the most adorable couple ever!?  Also, her bouquet is so swoon worthy!LDS Sacramento Temple wedding photographer photography winter redLDS Sacramento Temple wedding photographer photography winter redLDS Sacramento Temple wedding photographer photography winter redLDS Sacramento Temple wedding photographer photography winter redLDS Sacramento Temple wedding photographer photography winter redLDS Sacramento Temple wedding photographer photography winter redLDS Sacramento Temple wedding photographer photography winter redLDS Sacramento Temple wedding photographer photography winter red

‘Impressions‘ is a creative project by an eclectic group of female photographers from around the globe. We aim to share the inspiration behind what we do through our bi-monthly posts.

Every other month, we will be sharing 8 images that tell the story of what inspired us in the previous weeks: our families, nature, weather, or maybe even work itself! We are free to explore the meaning of ‘impressions’, and it is likely to change month to month.

Please continue through the circle and see what Natalie Carstens is sharing this month. Then continue clicking through the circle till you make it back here… I hope you enjoy all of our posts!

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I met these two before they were engaged and was so pleased when they asked me to photograph their wedding.  It was just as spectacular as I imagined it would be!  We started at the Hyatt Highlands for their ceremony and then spent time along the Monterey penninsula for their wedding portraits.  We ended the evening at the lovely Carmel Valley Rancho Canada Golf Club.  I’m so grateful for clients like these that become true friends!Hyatt Highlands Wedding Rancho Canada Carmel Valley PhotographerHyatt Highlands Wedding Rancho Canada Carmel Valley PhotographerHyatt Highlands Wedding Rancho Canada Carmel Valley PhotographerHyatt Highlands Wedding Rancho Canada Carmel Valley PhotographerHyatt Highlands Wedding Rancho Canada Carmel Valley PhotographerHyatt Highlands Wedding Rancho Canada Carmel Valley PhotographerHyatt Highlands Wedding Rancho Canada Carmel Valley PhotographerHyatt Highlands Wedding Rancho Canada Carmel Valley PhotographerHyatt Highlands Wedding Rancho Canada Carmel Valley 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If you follow me on social media, you’ve probably already noticed that we adopted a new kitten recently!  Scout is just the sweetest little guy and he already has such a special bond with my youngest daughter.  I knew I needed to photograph these two on film.  This was my first time shooting Portra 800 rated at 800 and pushing it one stop (if you’re not into shooting film, that probably means nothing to you, but I thought I’d include the info to help myself remember!).  I really love the results and just how sweet these all turned out!  My oldest daughter jumped in at the end for a few pictures, too.  I never regret it when I take the time to do a mini photo shoot with my kiddos!Sacramento wedding fine art film photographerSacramento wedding fine art film photographerSacramento wedding fine art film photographerSacramento wedding fine art film photographerSacramento wedding fine art film photographerSacramento wedding fine art film photographerSacramento wedding fine art film photographerSacramento wedding fine art film photographer

‘Impressions‘ is a creative project by an eclectic group of female photographers from around the globe. We aim to share the inspiration behind what we do through our bi-monthly posts.

Every other month, we will be sharing 8 images that tell the story of what inspired us in the previous weeks: our families, nature, weather, or maybe even work itself! We are free to explore the meaning of ‘impressions’, and it is likely to change month to month.

Please continue through the circle and see what Natalie Carstens is sharing this month. Then continue clicking through the circle till you make it back here… I hope you enjoy all of our posts!

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