What to Wear for your Engagement Session

What to Wear for your Engagement Session

what to wear engagement sessionWhat to wear for any session is a hot button issue for all my clients. I was such a popular topic that last year I invested in a stylist to help me work with portrait clients. Her advice was so helpful that I have taken some of her advice and applied it to engagement session clients. So where do you start with clothing?

Tips for the Women

Have you pondered rocking a sequined gown, tulle skirt or flower crown but just never had a real reason to get that outfit? Guess what!! This is your chance to do it up! Remember: There is no such thing as “too dressed up” when it comes to your engagement session, so don’t be afraid to have some fun! If you don’t want to add a new item to your collection, a lot of my brides love Rent the Runway for their engagement photos because you don’t have to spend a lot to feel like beautiful. Plus, you can send the outfits back when the session is over. Other brides love having a great excuse to bring a new permanent item for their closet!

The Case for a Dress…or two

Long, flowy dresses and skirts look amazing on camera because they bring extra movement to the photos. Especially when captured with nature whether it’s greenery or the beach. Shorter-length dresses photograph beautifully too! Dresses and skirts tend to look most stunning on camera because they really flatter a woman’s figure, and they make you feel super confident! I recommend avoiding pants and shorts for your session, and saying yes to a dress.what to wear
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Galveston Engagement Photographer | Cheyenne + Isaiah

Galveston Engagement Photographer | Cheyenne + Isaiah

I love that I live so close to Galveston! It means we get to do engagement sessions there frequently, and then I get to spend the rest of the day there, or go early and prowl around before the session. My favorite spot? The historical strand area, there are so many gorgeous doors and architecture!

Cheyenne + Isaiah

These two are so in love. They have been together since high school and have a connection that can’t be faked. As you can image, they have been through their ups and downs since they have been together for so long. When we were discussing possible locations for their session, it was instantaneous–Galveston! Cheyenne and Isaiah are having a destination wedding so having a beach feel to their engagements kept everything consistent. We also got a few pictures in the historic downtown and snuck their adorable pup into some pictures!

I love their outfits too, it’s put together without trying too hard!! Plus, they have a slight nautical feel the outfits, which is perfect!!

Enjoy the photos!

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Christine Wright Swish + Click PhotographyLove my work? Want me to capture you and yours? Let’s talk!! It’s easy, my email address is Christine@swishnclick.com. Let’s have a heart-to-heart, get excited about the possibilities of your wedding or session and come up with a plan that is uniquely you! I want to hear from you!

Texas Engagement Photographer | Erin + Carter + Dinosaurs?

Texas Engagement Photographer | Erin + Carter + Dinosaurs?

You’re probably wondering what’s in store for you with a blog title that includes the word “dinosaur”, and I think you need to buckle in! Erin and Carter are having a dinosaur themed wedding!! So obviously, when we were planning their engagement session, I knew it was going to be filled with fun. Since I am an enabler, I threw out ideas like t-rex outfits, so that way their engagement pictures tied into their wedding theme. What they decided on was just as good!

We decided the best location was to do them at where they are getting married: at Rice University. It is the perfect location for fun-filled engagement pictures! Erin and Cater were clear on what they wanted: fun photos, lots of laughter, nothing serious. I think it’s safe to say, we captured that and more!

And I need to share that with their wedding coming up this weekend, we are going to have a blast! I heard through the grapevine that there will be dinosaur balloons, a dinosaur themed cake and tiny dinosaurs hidden around their reception. I can’t wait to see these two best friends get married, I just know how much of a blast we are going to have!

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Houston Engagement Photographer | Keeley + Eric

Houston Engagement Photographer | Keeley + Eric

Keeley and I met a few years ago when I photographed her best friend Emily‘s wedding. In fact, at that wedding I remember thinking to myself “that woman is freakin hilarious! I love her vibe!”, so when she inquired about her wedding I was excited!

Turns out these two are passionate about a lot of awesome things! They love, love, love their dogs, and they wanted to include them in the engagement session. Keeley loves Harry Potter, Eric is supportive. Eric loves being a Survivalist, Keeley is supportive. They both workout and in fact Eric is a Ninja Warrior! This meant that the engagement session had a ton of things it could feature, honestly? I love what we did!

Puppies

We wanted to have some cute pictures of Eric + Keeley dressed up with their pups. I love that they got adorable floral collars for the dogs. They were so well behaved! It was adorable.

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5 Things to Think About if Wedding Pictures are Important to You

5 Things to Think About if Wedding Pictures are Important to You

wedding picturesYou’re sitting here thinking “Of course wedding pictures are important to me, Christine!”. But I ask because when you are planning your wedding there are a lot of areas where you can cut costs, and with some of those choices you don’t notice the cut, but in others you do. In all honestly, wedding pictures are an area where if you cut too deep, you wind up with images you might not just regret but ultimately hate.

When a photographer is breaking into the wedding industry they typically price themselves in a lower {aka more appealing} price bracket. For reference, the average cost for a wedding photographer, according to The Knot, is $2783. I like to say the you can find a great photographer within $500 higher or lower for this amount. But anything less than $2200 and you are entering into what I call “newer” photographer territory. So to help navigate these waters, where you don’t want to spend an arm, leg and kidney for your images, but you still want the WOW factor, here are some tips in getting there:

1. Do you Mesh?

You are your photographer are going to be around each other all day—on a day that sometimes can be very stressful, highly emotional and a lot of times there is nakedness involved—on your end! Experience makes a difference here, as does their personality. Are you comfortable being mostly naked in front of them? Getting in your dress is a bare-all experience! And sometimes for the men too! I was photographing the details for the men in an adjoining room when the groom walked in, in his underwear. We laughed it off and joked about it for the rest of the day, but only because we had that rapport. Plus, I have experience dealing with near-naked moments and have a few one-liners at the ready for such a moment.

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2. Price < Personality

I know I just discussed meshing with your photographer, but how do you get to that point of comfort? And how to you interview photographers to find the best fit for you and your partner? I cannot emphasize meeting in person enough. Ask them to bring a complete wedding with them or send it to you ahead of time. See if they are interested in you two, or if it is all about them. If the conversation is only about pricing and business and doesn’t flow into natural conversation, it’s not the best fit. And you won’t know that until you meet with them in person. I know it is so easy these days to email and text to get pricing and a portfolio, but tone and personality fall flat in these forms of conversation. With this person being in your world for all the moments of your wedding day, ensuring a good personality fit is paramount!

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3. Getting all the Right Moments

Your wedding day moves fast, as do the off-the-cuff important moments. I remember the first and second wedding I photographed, I missed moments because I didn’t anticipate them {like the mom instantly cry when her daughter was in her dress and all done up, but walked away quickly to compose herself}. But now I understand an almost unwritten rhythm of the wedding day, things people don’t necessarily talk about, but happen at every wedding. You learn when to anticipate the tears, the wiping away of tears, the guffaws of laughter, the hand-to-chest, head tilt emotional smile moments. Those are the moments people cherish in their album. Yes, they love the formal portraits, but it is those off the cuff moments that wind up on their walls.

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4. Plan to WIN

As mentioned above, your wedding day disappears in the blink of an eye. Having a plan for your day, with those important moments {mom doing up the dress, dad seeing you for the first time, doing a first look if that’s your jam} worked in is invaluable. Seasoned photographers know to build these moments into the timeline, ask about it in advance, and want to deliver these important moments to you. Not only will they instinctively know where to be, they will also have it in their timeline to be prepared. Heck I even just recently bought an Apple watch so that it will vibrate each step of the timeline for the day!

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5. The Fine Print

One of the few things not talked about as much is ensuring your photographer is licensed and insured. Newer photographers are less likely to be a legitimate business, which also allows them to be less expensive. If they aren’t paying taxes or insurance, then any possible horror stories could happen. They might not show up on your wedding day at all {God forbid}. What if a guest falls over lighting equipment at your wedding and breaks something? Or knocks a camera to the ground and breaks a lens or the memory card inside? A licensed photographer is covered for such terrifying moments. And a lot of times your venue will request proof of insurance from the photographer for such situations.

In the end, getting wedding pictures you love is about value—finding that hidden gem within your price point. If you can afford wiggle room, I highly recommend going with a photographer who is slightly above the national average if the personality fits. Because a great fit is truly priceless.

 

Houston, TX PhotographerLove my work? Want me to capture you and yours? Let’s talk!! It’s easy, my email address is Christine@cwrightphotographyhouston.com. Let’s have a heart-to-heart, get excited about the possibilities of your wedding or session and come up with a plan that is uniquely you! I want to hear from you!

10 Tips for Natural Posing & Being Relaxed in Your Session

10 Tips for Natural Posing & Being Relaxed in Your Session

Houston wedding photographerBeing Relaxed?

Let’s be honest, being relaxed and feeling comfortable in front of the camera can be a challenge. It’s uncomfortable initially, you don’t know what to do with your hands, how to stand and I know I am always thinking “is my face weird?”. I am also probably obsessing over my body and thinking about the parts that displease me the most {my arms, if you’re curious}. That’s why I am writing this! There are truly techniques and little things you can do to make you look better in pictures and have more fun.

1. Make the People with You Laugh

If it is you and a significant other, there is a ton of opportunity to do this. My favorite is to get a couple wrapped in each other arms and have them say “banana” in a sexy whisper. It is guaranteeeeed laughter. For groups and couples I always encourage tickling and fake farts. Or sharing an embarrassing story. When you laugh, everything feels natural and you aren’t thinking in your head “what do I do with my hands?”.

2. Use Props

Yo, props are so much fun!! And they give you something to do! Currently I am in love with the huge balloon trend, but you can use anything. Like a glass of wine, or a lightsaber. Seriously, all bets are off. And the best part? A prop can help tell the story of your relationship.

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3. Weight on One Leg

So you’re standing there and you’re feeling a tad awkward. Typically this is the start of the session. You’re with your family or your boo, and you don’t want to look like a static robot. Shift your weight to one leg. It makes it so that your hips are not square and that you don’t look boxy in the picture. This is my stand-by when I am not given direction. I might also turn a bit to my side. Cause angles.

4. Wear Comfortable Clothing

You know what is attractive? Confidence! I am not saying show up in leggings or pajamas. What I am saying is wear something that is nice but you also feel awesome in. Something that fits you well and makes you feel attractive. You know what happens when you feel attractive? You take amazing pictures!! So wear something that makes you feel like Don Draper from Mad Men, you’ll look and feel like a million bucks!

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5. Bring your Pet

A pet is great for both couple and family pictures. That cute pooch or kitty tends to turn into the star of the show, taking the focus off you. Plus, with an animal, you’re interacting with it, creating movement, which is always a great thing. You know what else is adorable? An animal in a freaking bowtie that matches your outfit. I know it’s cheesy but it’s also cute! Cute AF.

6. Silliness is Encouraged

This is similar to rule #1 but I want to emphasize this. Your pictures do not need to be an oil painting of your and your family, statically posed. I encourage being goofy. Bring some silly string and have a fight or make faces at each other. The more you are yourself and are being authentic, the more epic your pictures will be. I love playfulness, and feel your best images are a direct result of that.

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7. Motion is your Friend

Sitting/standing there posing with a smile makes me feel awkward writing it, let alone taking a picture of it. Family photos are my favorite when you are a group and walking towards me. Or you are together and I say “bear hug!” and you try to hug the life out of each other. With couples, if you dance or whisper to each other, that’s not only sweet, but those turn into some dang romantic pictures! And they all involve movement.

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8. Planning Activities

Your session doesn’t need to be sitting in a park on a blanket. The sky is the limit! Let’s go to an ice cream shop and get messy. Your session should reflect you two {or your family}, so let’s do something you love to do together. Play tag at a park? Want to have some on Galveston beaches? Let’s brainstorm some epic ideas and have some serious fun!

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9. Get that Light

I am a sucker for good light. I also get that waking up at the crack of dawn isn’t everyone’s favorite, but seriously, the light as the sun rises is the best. It’s soft, it frames you like a glove, making your images basically perfect. Plus, in Houston, it is basically the coolest time of the day = a sweat-free session. Next best? Sunset lighting. It’s a little warmer and humid, but that light an hour before sunset? Gorgeous! I mean you are already investing in a session, let make it the most beautiful one possible.

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10. Choosing the right Photographer

Not every photographer meshes with every person. Think back to when you had an awkward interview or a terrible blind date. I have had my fair share! The conversation was stinted, topics were on short supply and it was painful! The clients I have had the best sessions with were the exact opposite, they found my humor endearing, conversation flowed and at the end they said how easy and painless the entire session was. This is why I encourage meeting or talking before booking–we need to make sure we mesh, that I would fit in with your friends and that I would still be funny if you were tipsy at your wedding. If we can make sparks fly during a  15 minute conversation, imagine how fun and comfortable your session will be.

 

Houston, TX PhotographerLove my work? Want me to capture you and yours? Let’s talk!! It’s easy, my email address is Christine@cwrightphotographyhouston.com. Let’s have a heart-to-heart, get excited about the possibilities of your wedding or session and come up with a plan that is uniquely you! I want to hear from you!