engagement session guide

So it’s officially official - you’ve booked your engagement photos with me & I couldn’t be more stoked!! Chances are, this is your first time taking professional photos together as a couple. You may be feeling all sorts of things…happy, nervous, excited, all of the above!! I’ve created this step by step guide to ease your mind & explain a little bit about my process, what to expect, other FAQs, etc. Ready? Let’s do this!


planning for your session

We set the date, here’s what’s next!

+ So, I know what sort of location you’re wanting! Now, I’ll take some time to go location scouting/research for the right spot for our shoot! Once decided upon, I’ll let you know the exact address no later than one week prior to our session along with all the other details (see below).

+ All sessions take place 1.5-2 hours prior to sunset or at sunrise. Exact time is dependent on the sunset/sunrise time + weather conditions. 

+ All sessions include one hour shooting time. However, for planning purposes, assume you’ll be at the shoot for up to 2 hours. Exact duration is dependent on the location (walking/hiking time), sunset time + weather conditions. 

+ As a reminder: all sessions include a location within my home base of Long Beach, CA (SoCal) or Vacaville, CA (NorCal) or travel fees apply.

+ No later than ONE WEEK prior to your session: I’ll send you all the details including address & exact meeting time! I can get the best idea of the weather/actual sun set time the day of our session one week beforehand.


The number one question I get asked by clients is, “what do we wear?” In response, I created this “What to Wear Guide” filled with tips + tricks I’ve gathered over time through trial & error! Click the link below to access the guide.

**Please be sure to read this throughly! :)

it’s show time!

Woo! Your engagement session is finally here! Here’s what to expect day of/during your session.

First things first: We’ll meet at your engagement session destination & give each other the biggest hugs (duh)!

If you’ve read through the What to Wear Guide, you’ll have been told to bring a ton of outfit options! We’ll go through all these options together choosing the ones that best fit the location, weather, lighting & what you’re most comfortable in.

I’ll give you the low down about how I shoot + some other tips when I have you both in front of my camera but here’s a little snippet!

+ I’ll guide you through your session using fun prompts vs. stiff awkward poses. Example prompts: Pick her up & spin her around. And, while you both are cuddled up: Whisper what you love most about him/her in their ear.

+ Expect to move around quite a bit - I LOVE movement.

+ Speaking of movement, expect my speaker to be blasting your fave music to dance to!

+ However you interpret the things I tell you to do, is CORRECT (seriously)!

The number one thing to remember during your session: Nothing you do is wrong, because it’s you!! And that’s what I’m here to do. I’m here to capture YOU, the real you & the realness of your relationship! :)



after your session

So, we had a BLAST at your session & if you’re anything like me, you’ll be SUPER stoked to see your photos!

+ I’ll be sending a handful to “sneak peek” photos no later than 3 days after your session!

+ Your fully edited online gallery will be sent to you via email for you to view & download digitally no later than 3 weeks after your engagement session date.

*Times vary based on season, travel & other factors.

that’s it!

Pretty simple, huh? ;) That’s because it is! I’m here to make your engagement photo experience as easy, fun & exciting as possible. If you have any other questions/concerns please don’t hesitate to shoot me an email/text!! I’m happy to answer and all questions + ease your mind!


xo, Alyssa