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5 Tips for Engagement Sessions

My clients will often ask me for advice ahead of an engagement session on what they should be prepared to do and what they should expect before, during, and after the session. In fact, I get asked this often enough that I’ve decided to make a list of the 5 most important tips for a successful engagement session.

Engagement Session Tip 1: Pick a special location

Engagement sessions are always more fun when the location means something. Maybe we could go to the restaurant where you had your first date or the place where you got engaged. Or you could go with a themed location. If you’re movie-lovers, we can go to a theatre; if you’re more of an outdoorsy type, we can go out to the woods or travel along a favorite hiking path.

If you can, try to pick a location where we can do things. Action shots are always more interesting than posed shots, so any place with paths to walk on, places to sit, trees to climb, or other unique aspects that lend themselves to activities can all work well toward making your session more fun and memorable. Read more

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Nadia & Eric | Milwaukee Engagement Session

I met up with Nadia and Eric for an engagement session around Milwaukee and can honestly say that I enjoyed every second of this new location for me.

I’d never photographed in Milwaukee before. But, since Nadia and Eric are from the area, they already had an idea of where they wanted their photos taken before I even arrived. I love it when my couples come with a game plan. For this session in particular, it really felt like a group effort to come together and make their vision come true.

I had a blast getting to know the two of them as we explored this city that was entirely new to me. Their love for one another was amazing to see, as well as their genuine ability to have fun with each other. They love hockey, they love beer, and they love to simply enjoy the moment—my kind of couple.

One of my favorite images from the session reflects that laid-back attitude—with the two of them on the tire swing. It perfectly captures the feeling the two of them embody of knowing how to have fun and embracing the little moments. Their smiles were quick and genuine and their love was easy to document.

I always love it when my couples are willing to be lovey-dovey around each other, and as you can see from the images here, that was definitely the case with the two of them. There were so many forehead touches, cheek kisses, and nose touches that even people who haven’t met them can tell how deeply they are in love.

Nadia & Eric, thank you for asking me to be your engagement photographer and for being so willing to be my guides through Milwaukee. I truly enjoyed getting to know you both and look forward to your wedding next March in Duluth.

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Morgan & Brady | Duluth Engagement Session

I met up with Morgan and Brady in Duluth for an engagement session, and I enjoyed not only playing tour guide but photographing this hilarious couple. Morgan and Brady had never been to Duluth, but they were absolute rock stars as they ran with my suggestions for places to get some great engagement portraits. 

We had a blast all around Duluth, and I can honestly say that the two of them are a joy to be around. They complement one another and love each other unconditionally, but best of all, they weren’t afraid to be themselves, which is perfect for photography, because it makes it easier for me to capture those genuine moments and smiles. I particularly loved some of the dip pictures, because they perfectly capture that feeling.

Of course, since they are huge Green Bay Packer fans, we couldn’t pass up the chance to do some shots in their gear. Jordy Nelson is one of their favorite players, and since Brady’s last name is the same as Jordy’s, they wanted to add in a surprise to their engagement session and have a Baby Nelson’s photo to announce that they were expecting a new addition to the Nelson Family. Those are some of my favorite pictures from the session—they are both clearly over-the-moon excited, and they had a blast with the itty bitty onesie finding new ways to pose with it.

Sadly, the weather wasn’t quite as good as we might have hoped it would be. It rained on us a bit, and the sky was gray rather than blue—but when I had a couple that couldn’t stop laughing with each other and being sarcastic and hilarious, we were able to get some incredible imagery anyway.

Brady & Morgan, thank you for asking me to be your  photographer for your engagement session as well as your wedding next year! I’m so excited for you two to be married next year, and I know you’re going to be amazing parents!

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Kayla + TJ engagement | Andrew Samplawski Photography

It was such a great day working with Kayla and TJ for their engagement photos in Eau Claire, WI. The weather was a little bit chilly but they were troopers during their photo session. Being huge Packer fans, it’s always fun sharing the personalities in their engagement session together.

As these two continue to prepare for their big day coming up in August 2016, Andrew Samplawski Photography has the opportunity to work side by side with them throughout their planning.

 

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Kari + Ben | Engaged… now Wedding Day!

Today, Kari and Ben walk down the aisle to say their “I DOs” to one another after 4 years of living life and getting to know one another.

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Laura & Jon | Engagement | Andrew Samplawski Photography

It’s an exciting day for these two love birds who are tying the knot!! Here’s a preview from their engagement session!!

Laura and Jon will be surrounded by friends and family today as they take open a new chapter in their lives together.  We are honored and it’s a privilege to be a part of their wedding day! Thank you Laura and Jon for choosing Andrew Samplawski Photography for your wedding day!!

 

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Danielle and Craig / Chippewa Falls, WI Wedding / Chippewa Falls Wedding Photographer / Eau Claire Wedding Photographer / Samplawski Photography

Very excited to be working with Danielle and Craig for their wedding day today.

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Elizabeth & Keith / Eau Claire Wedding Photographer / Rice Lake Wedding Photography / Samplawski Photography

It’s WEDDING DAY for one of our amazing couples!

We are excited to be working with an awesome couple, Elizabeth & Keith this weekend for their wedding.

Take a look images from their engagement session by clicking here… Elizabeth & Keith engagement slideshow Read more

Molly & Sarah / St Cloud Wedding Photographer / Minnesota Wedding Photography / Samplawski Photography

It’s wedding day for two beautiful people today in St. Cloud, MN.

I have had the pleasure of working with Sarah for 4 years now in St. Cloud as a paramedic. We have many great memories together along with some fun talks in our 4 years. One night she introduced me to Molly and I was excited for them both. Molly is beautiful with a personality of one of a kind.

When she told me she was going to be getting married to Molly, I was very excited for the both of them. Then Sarah asked if we could meet with them to talk about their wedding and photography.

We met one evening at their house and we had a blast. A lot of great ideas shared and some questions for those who have never done it before. Read more

The Engagement: Cassandra and Jason + Eau Claire Wedding Photographer, Samplawski Photography

I had the pleasure of spending a few hours cruising around the City of Eau Claire, Wisconsin with Cassandra and Jason: laughing, joking and doing what they do best, loving. Read more