All about your Engagement Session

 

 

 

Dressing for your session -

Depending on the season that you schedule your engagement session for, there are colors & tones that are more flattering for each season’s light. It’s crazy how the sunlight changes color and tone as the seasons come and go! It’s one of the reasons we love shooting in a region that experiences all four seasons to the extreme! Below, we’ll give a little list of colors and tones to gravitate toward and some to steer clear of depending on your season. 

 

Also, we strongly encourage you to bring along two outfits each. Perhaps one outfit on the more formal side and the other on the causal side so you have a variety of looks to choose from.

 

 

 

 

Summer -

Gravitate towards pastel color tones, royal tones, or deep tones such as black or navy.

Steer clear of solid whites. Pure white is wonderful as an accent color, but limits the types of light that are flattering to shoot in. Also, steer clear of horizontal stripes. They almost always broaden and create an illusion that you are wider than you really are.

 

 

 

Fall -

Gravitate towards earthy colors such as browns, grays, olives, oranges, and reds. Make sure to have some type of “pop” of color whether it be in your wardrobe or an accessory such as jewelry or a scarf. The trees, grass, and wildflowers are all pretty brown at this time, so a pop of color is really important to break up everything from looking, well… too brown. Steer clear of solid whites and pastel color tones. These tones tend to make your skin appear sallow at this time of year. Also, steer clear of horizontal stripes. They almost always broaden and create an illusion that you are wider than you really are.

 

 

Winter -

Gravitate towards royal tones and deep tones such as black or navy. Add a “pop” of color either in your wardrobe or an accessory such as jewelry or a scarf. Dress in layers. It’s most likely going to be cold, so be sure you are comfortable. Boots and warm socks are a must. Steer clear of pastels, and earth tones. These tones tend to make your skin appear sallow at this time of year. Also, steer clear of horizontal stripes. They almost always broaden and create an illusion that you are wider than you really are.

 

 

 

Spring -

Gravitate towards pastel color tones, royal tones, or deep tones such as black or navy.

Steer clear of solid whites. Pure white is wonderful as an accent color, but limits the types of light that are flattering to shoot in. Also, steer clear of horizontal stripes. They almost always broaden and create an illusion that you are wider than you really are.


 

 

PROPS -

We welcome any props that you would like to incorporate into your session if they are meaningful to you. We encourage you to keep your props simple. The focus is on you as a couple and your genuine emotions and expressions. They shouldn’t steal focus of you or be too complicated to set up or stage. You don't want to feel frustrated during your session.

We encourage you to bring are activity props. Coffee mugsor a bottle of champagne? Or maybe some confetti poppers? Bikes to ride? Activity props are always the best type of prop.

 

 

 

 

 

Best Time to shoot -

We are obsessed with beautiful light! That is why we suggest starting your session two hours before the sun sets. This time of day is KEY to a beautifully lit and flattering session.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weather & Rainchecks -

If it happens to be cloudy, rainy, or snowy, no worries! Cloudy days are the best! The clouds act as a natural filter, which gives even lighting, beautiful skin tone, and makes every color pop. Our equipment is weather sealed, so if you’d like to throw on some cute rain boots and grab an umbrella, we are game! (Clear umbrellas are amazing! There are so many fun and unique ways we can use them! Also, if it’s snowing, then feel free to throw on some comfy boots, warm layers, and let’s capture the two of you strolling through the snow. If there happens to be a downpour of rain or if the streets are too icy to get to your session, then we are more than happy to reschedule.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Location Ideas -

We want to capture your session at a location that has significance for you as a couple. When you look back on your engagement photos 50 years from now, we want those photos remind you of your history. Is there a cozy coffee shop the two of you may have chatted at until late at night while you were getting to know each other? Maybe a park that you still take strolls in together? Maybe your first home? We want to make sure the location you decide on is important to you both. If you are not sure where, fear not! We have plenty of ideas and options from previous sessions that could serve as a foundation or inspire ideas of your own!

 

 

 

 

CHICAGO SUBURBS:

 

*Locations located 1.5 hours away from Crystal Lake, IL require a $150 travel fee

 

Mundeline - Independence Grove
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Crystal Lake - Veteran’s Acres
http://jordanimhoffphotography.pixieset.com/melissa-kyle/

Cary - The Hollows

(Summer)
http://jordanimhoffphotography.pixieset.com/emily-malachi/

(Fall)

http://jordanimhoffphotography.pixieset.com/david-terra/

 

 

 

 

 
 

Cantigny Park, Wheaton
http://jordanimhoffphotography.pixieset.com/trevor-lisa/

 

Morton Arboretum, Lisle -  
 http://jordanimhoffphotography.pixieset.com/jeff-annett/

 

Oak Brook - Fullersburg Wood
                                                                                                    http://jordanimhoffphotography.pixieset.com/jason-alex/