1. FIRST THING IS FIRST:
forget ANY PRECONCEPTIONS YOU HAVE ABOUT BEING PHOTOGRAPHED

I don't expect you to come prepared with poses and be a fashion model.
Let go of the idea that it's a "photo shoot" - know that it’s my job to make you look good AF and I’ll guide you the whole time.
Regard our session as an opportunity to capture your life as it is currently - so during our session, think of it more like a date and I’m thirdwheeling it.
Enjoy each other’s company - easy peezy :)

 
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2. PICK A LOCATION THAT REFLECTS YOU

I can shoot anywhere and often create photos that are influenced by the surroundings. So choose a setting that is either sentimental or exciting to you both.
Whether you're at home, in the city or in the total wilderness - all that matters is that it’s a place that resonates with you.

 
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3. wear what you want

Don't feel like you need to dress up - wear something that makes you feel confident and comfortable.
If that's ripped jeans and a leather jacket- do YOU. 
Neutral colours are best (beige, grey, taupe, ivory, shades of white and black) or desaturated colours (eggplant, moss green, navy) for what you wear.
Avoid wearing bright or fluorescent colours because they'll draw attention to the clothing. The photos should be about the love between you two, not about the clothes you're wearing.  
Make sure your clothing is easy to move in and wrinkle-free. Iron your clothing beforehand - this will make a HUGE difference!
I suggest wearing one outfit and bringing a second one in case you want more variety in your photos.

 
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4.  BE ENTIRELY YOURSELF

I want to document the two of you as you truly are. Remember how you two act when you're alone and let me into that space.
If you're incredibly affectionate with each other or ridiculously goofy - I want you to be entirely yourself so don't hold back!
I’ll guide you the whole time but the energy you give me is what will show in the photos - so just be yourselves.

 
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 5. arrive ON TIME

Most of my outdoor sessions start 1.5 hours before sunset. Working with natural light, this isn't a coincidence. It's scheduled this way so that we have the best lighting for your photos. Please make proper considerations for transport time. If we start late, we won't end late. We'll be shooting right through sunset and the timing ensures that we can take advantage of the best lighting to give you the best results!

 
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6. Make a day out of it!

You're not going to be your most relaxed and optimal self at the end of a busy and stressful work/school day - so consider playing hooky and taking it easy together! By the time we meet, you'll be filled with much more love and excitement as opposed to checking something off your wedding to do list! Let me capture you on your best day!

 
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7. NUDITY

I absolutely LOVE photographing couples without clothing on because it gets to the heart of what I love doing: photographing genuine intimacy without any fluff.  My nude sessions are intimate, sensual and tasteful. I do NOT shoot in an erotic or "sexy" style. You can wear undergarments or be fully nude - the choice is yours. If you are interested let me know! 

 
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8. leave everything in your car for mobility

I want you to be very mobile in order for your session to have as much of a natural flow as possible.
Freeing yourself up from carrying stuff will allow me to photograph more in-between, candid moments. Leave purses, bags and phones in your car!

 
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9. sentimental props & pets

I prefer focusing on interactions, body language and documenting you in your environment in the most natural way possible. 
A majority of couples don’t bring any props but if you’re called to bring something sentimental that you’d like to incorporate - feel free to.
Lots of couples bring their pets - you’re welcome to do the same!

 
 

10. EMBRACE things as they are

Let go of the notion that your engagement photos have to look “perfect.”

About "bad" weather: my favourite time to shoot is when it's cloudy or raining. The lighting is perfect for photos.
If there's a torrential downpour we can always reschedule! 

Don’t worry about making sure your smiling perfectly or that your hair is completely straight. Be present and enjoy the session.

My goal is to create photos with emotion: photos that capture the mood, how you feel and how things naturally unfold.

 
 

I hope these tips are helpful when planning your session, but it’s by no means a rule book.
This is ultimately your session and you should do what’s right for you!
Add your own personal flavour to your session, make it meaningful and have fun.

See you soon!

- Liat