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Hannah and Jered's Sugar Mill Garden & Beach Sunrise Engagement Session

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Hannah and Jered's Sugar Mill Garden & Beach Sunrise Engagement Session

Sometimes people come into your life, not by choice, but just by pure circumstance. That is how Hannah and I met. When I was an English Teacher and Assistant Varsity Lacrosse Coach at James I. O'Neill High School, Hannah ended up in my Social Criticism class and I coached her at the same time. Even though Hannah is 10 years younger than me, she was my person back in high school. We would have deep conversations about life and she is well beyond her years. She was one of those students that had an impact on my life and I was so ecstatic that she asked me to capture one of the most important moments in her life. 

I flew down to Orlando to take their engagement photos. Hannah and Jered are the ideal couple. They are laid back and go with the flow. I have always wanted to do a beach sunrise session, and I asked them if they would be willing to do it. So they woke up at 5:30 am and went down to New Smyrna Beach to take their first set of pictures. I am so glad they agreed to do it, because I love these pictures! Here are some of my favorites from the beach: 

Later in the day, we went to Dunlawton Sugar Mill Gardens in Port Orange, Florida. This is a botanical garden that features a 19th-century sugar factory; part of the former Dunlawton Plantation. We were eaten alive by mosquitoes, but it was all worth it for the pictures! I am so excited for their wedding next year and thankful that they allowed me to capture these moments for them. Here are my favorites from Sugar Mill Gardens: #Shewentwithjered 

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How to Decide What to Wear to Your Photoshoot

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How to Decide What to Wear to Your Photoshoot

Top tips for getting the most out of your professional photography session.

If you are prepping for your first photoshoot you probably have a couple questions about what to expect. A common concern for people having their photos taken for the first time is what to wear.

7 Top Tips for Deciding What to Wear for a Photoshoot

1.      What is the purpose of the photoshoot? This should be your first thought when deciding what to wear. Choose an appropriate outfit for the occasion and something that suits your personality.

2.      Keep the location & season in mind. Where is the photoshoot taking place? Choose an outfit that will keep you feeling comfortable and confident. For example, if you’re on a beach, those new high heels might not be the most logical choice and you might end up looking a bit out of place.

3.      Mix and match. Don’t be afraid to wear patterns or prints for your photoshoot but keep them to a minimum and try to pair them with solid colors. If you’re having a family photoshoot for example, have two family members in printed items and two in solid colors. Play with different colors to match the mood and setting of the shoot.  

4.      Make your photos timeless. You might love that trendy top or pair of pants now but will your photos stand the test of time if you wear that item of clothing?

5.      What to do about makeup. This would depend on the type of photos you are taking. Fashion shoots will call for more dramatic makeup but for your everyday maternity, family or portrait shoots, keep your makeup natural and to a minimum.

6.      Fit is more important that you think. If you already have an outfit in mind for your shoot, try it on before the time to make sure that it fits correctly and compliments your body type.

7.      Try not to go brand crazy. Wearing too much clothing with prominent brand names just makes you look like a walking ad. Clothing with large graphics on it also doesn’t work well as it will end up being the focus of your photos.  

Remember to have fun on your photoshoot, be yourself and don’t hesitate to ask your photographer for guidance.

Check out my recent photoshoot with local photographer and blogger, Nidia Serrano:  

 

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