WHAT TO BRING / PROPS
We suggest bringing about 3-5 options for outfits. You’ll only wear 2-3 in the photos but Kelsey can help style you together based on the specific locations we’ll be shooting.
Be sure to bring some walking shoes! Most of the time, we will most likely be hiking/walking a bit – it’s always good to have a just in case pair! If we’re going to be near the river, then throw in a towel just in case too.
Bring some water & makeup for just in case touch-ups. If you’re wearing fake eyelashes, we’d also recommend bringing a backup eyelash glue and mascara/liner just in case it starts to come loose.
We typically don’t love bringing props along (like signs, letters, etc), but there are a couple that we think can add to engagements: a picnic set up (if this is a common date night for you), bikes/motorcycles/cool vintage cars, a floral bouquet (this can be a great time to do a trial run with your wedding florist, or get a bouquet that a little different than what your bridal bouquet would be), your pup (if they are fine in public around other dogs), canoes (if we’re riverside), hats, champagne for a celebratory pop. The most important thing is that we want these images to really encapsulate your life, and make sense for the overall setting. So, if it’s not something that’s an important part of your life, maybe engagements aren’t the best time for it!
If you’re loving the champagne pop images, you’ll want to bring 2-3 bottles of champagne and some champagne glasses. Go for a cute, simply designed bottle of plain (no flavoring!), cheap champagne. We’ll be shaking these bottles up and you don’t want to waste a super expensive bottle of Champs!
SUMMER: Since it’s going to be hot, we’d recommend guys wearing an undershirt or bringing an extra shirt to wear while we are hiking so your photo shirt doesn’t get super sweaty! It’s also helpful to bring a towel along to wipe any sweat. I would also add an extra outfit to your rotation just in case we need to do an earlier outfit change.
WINTER: If it’s supposed to be cold on your shoot today, bring along a jacket to wear while we walk from location to location