Engagement Session Advice – Preparing Your Groom

Preparing Your Groom

If you’re a bride that is a little anxious about how your groom is going to react to this whole “picture” thing, you’re not alone. I receive so many emails from brides who are worried that their groom won’t be into it and I have great news for you…you both are more photogenic than you think! My couples are constantly surprised when discovering their hidden modeling skills and my most common response from grooms is, “That wasn’t as bad as I thought! It was actually fun.” Yes! Mission accomplished! When the groom says that taking pictures was FUN, I know I have done my job well! Your engagement session is supposed to be fun and relaxed, not forced or awkward. As you prepare for your shoot, there are a few things that you can do to help your groom know what to expect.

First of all, I highly recommend sitting down with your man and showing him 2-3 of your favorite engagement sessions that I have photographed. Spend some time together scrolling through a few blog posts, which will allow him to gauge what his expectations should be as far as what to wear and what the photos will look like.

I also recommend that you allow for plenty of time to get to your shoot! There is nothing worse than when a couple shows up late, and they have been arguing in the car. That is definitely going to put your groom in a bad mood! Last but not least, remember to have patience with him, and don’t assume that he’s not going to have a good time…I think you’ll be surprised how much you will both enjoy your session!

If you’re one of my brides and grooms, you can find this information, as well as SO much more in the magazine that I send you when you book! It literally goes through everything you need to know to make your wedding day photography a success!

Jenny & Jay | A Downtown Charleston Engagement

Jenny & Jay

A Downtown Charleston Engagement


Jenny and Jay come down to Charleston every year for their family vacation, and decided it would be the perfect spot for their engagement photos. I have to agree. I always tell people that I have such a hard time taking photos here, because every step I take I need to stop and take another photo. There’s just that much beauty here! The day before I met up with them, one of my close friends texted me and said, “The engagement session you have tomorrow wouldn’t by chance be for Jenny and Jay would it?” Apparently they had grown up together in Cincinnati, and my friend put two and two together that they were down here for an engagement session and I had told them I was photographing one that day. Oh small world connections :) Not only that, but I lived in Cincinnati for a few years back in the day. So we talked about all the things I miss about that place…which consists almost solely of food. Skyline Chili and Graeters ice cream? Yes please.

As soon as I met these two I was immediately drawn to how sweet they are. They have some of the best smiles I have ever seen, and there were no shortage of smiles and laughs as we walked around. They are both so easy to talk to, and you can tell they are just the type of people who light up a room when they walk in. I’m so in love with these photos! Jenny and Jay, thank you for spending an evening in Charleston with me!
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