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Lavish parties, timeless fashion, a sweeping romance — it’s no wonder The Great Gatsby is my favorite novel of all time! If you share my affinity for grandeur (and the effortless charm of Jay Gatsby), then we’ve got a treat for you! One look at Meg & Paul’s elegant Portland wedding transported me back in time! With chic art deco-inspired details and a gown that’d make Daisy Buchanan jealous, this stunning affair has the roaring ’20s written all over it…and I’m absolutely smitten! So grab a glass of bubbly, throw on your favorite party dress and get lost in the glamour! Xo, Amanda

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Happy Monday, everyone! For this week’s installment of Props, Pops & Poses, we wanted to change things up! Armed with loads of inspiration, you’re probably envisioning what unique details and style you’d like to incorporate in your own e-session! The key to ensuring all of these components flow seamlessly? Preparation and planning makes perfect! That’s why we sat down with Pat, one of George Street’s Photo Experts, to share his tips on how you can prepare for the engagement session of your dreams!

Outdoor Hipster Engagement Photos

1. Props can add an extra dose of personality and creativity to any photo! What tips do you have for brides & grooms who want to make props a part of their e-sesssion?

Props are the perfect way to add a little bit of flair to your shoot. But, it’s important that they’re appropriate for the environment you’re in and used in subtle instances. Let’s say you’ve chosen dock or a harbor for your session — you can bring along a pair of fishing poles to fit in with that scene. Or, if you’re in a park featuring a lot of beautiful, natural elements, you can lay down a blanket and set up a picnic for two. It’s also important to communicate with your photographer about your props, so he or she can plan in advance. They may have a few shot ideas in mind! The opportunities are endless when it comes to props, but it’s definitely important that they work to highlight you, the subject of the photo, not dominate the scene.

Outdoor Pink Vintage Bike Engagement Photos

2. Let’s talk location! What advice do you have for couples when it comes to choosing — and planning for — their photo location?

It all starts with having a clear vision in mind for what you want your engagement session to be — are you envisioning an outdoor, woodsy type of look? Or do you prefer a more modern, city vibe? Once you establish that, you can draw down into more specific spots. Consider choosing a location that holds meaning for you as a couple, whether it’s the train stop where he first said ‘I love you’ or the home of your favorite baseball team. You’re more apt to get caught up in the moment when you have a personal tie to that spot.

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Logistically speaking, it’s crucial to plan out your location in advance — that includes researching permits, parking capabilities and other details. And, if you have multiple locations in mind, it’s always a good idea to plan a route in advance, so you’re making the most out of your session time!

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3. Moving on to attire! Do you have any suggestions for couples who are scouring their closets and trying to find an outfit that best suits their session?

As a general consideration, you’ll want to select styles in colors that complement one another. Subtle pops of color in accent pieces or smaller details can also go a long way. For instance, if your groom is wearing a bowtie in a certain shade, choose a dress that accents that! You can also take your location into consideration, as well. If there’s a really intricate, colorful mural in your chosen spot, you may want to choose a color that accents those details.

Colorful City Mural Engagement Photos

And, don’t forget to anticipate one of the most important pieces of the puzzle — weather! Be sure to look at the forecast before the day of your session, especially if you’ll be outside most of the time. If it gets chilly, consider bringing a warm accessory you wouldn’t mind wearing in your photos, such as your favorite leather jacket.

Outdoor Garden Engagement Photos

4.We’ve all dreamed of having the attitude of Heidi Klum in front of the camera! But realistically, it’s normal for anyone to feel a little uncomfortable. How can a couple ensure they’re feeling at-ease when it comes time for their e-session?

I always try to ask couples to envision they’re on a date with one another. That’s also something that props can help with! For example, let’s say that one of your favorite pasttimes, as a couple, is going on bike rides. Well, why not incorporate that element into your session?!

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If you communicate with your photographer and work to find some kind of flow to your session, or activity you really enjoy, you’ll be able to get caught up in the moment, laugh with your fiancé and just have fun. And your photographer will be there in the background, capturing all of those great moments as they unfold.

Pastel Desert Phoenix Engagement Session

I love that idea! As a final note, do you have any other tips for couples as they start to plan their sessions?

Above all, it’s important to relax and have fun! It’s not every day that you have the opportunity to participate in a photo session with the love of your life, that showcases your relationship and bond with one another. This is the perfect opportunity to let your personal style and individuality shine!

City Garden Engagement Photos

Planning ahead is definitely important, but at the end of the day, try to relax, trust in your photographer and the planning you did. When you let go and have fun, you’ll be able to get caught up in the moment and enjoy the day with your spouse-to-be.

Outdoor Natural Engagement Photos

Looking for more e-session inspiration? Be sure to tune in next Monday for another segment of our Props, Pops & Poses series!

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All About Pat…

With a passion for photography and photojournalism, Pat is one of George Street’s Photo Experts! When he’s not lending his amazing expertise to all things photo-related, he’s channeling his passion for the outdoors, and can be spotted playing frisbee golf when the weather is just right!

 

As the weather gets warmer (little by little), I’ve spent many days dreaming about lounging in the afternoon sun, with my toes in the sand and nothing but the sweet sounds of the ocean filling my ears! But, the reality is that I’m usually perched behind a keyboard, channeling those daydreams into gorgeous e-sessions like today’s! And you know what? It’s almost as good as the real thing! Jeanetta and James’ session is like a California dream come true, combining beautiful beachy views with one adorable couple (and a seriously amazing impromptu guitar serenade!). Kick back and take in each summer-filled moment! Xo, Amanda

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What do you get when you combine a fun-loving, carefree couple and adorable DIY details? Wedding magic, of course! Last week, we shared the recipe to planning the quintessential country wedding…well, let’s just say that Melanie and Alex’s wedding is an amazing example of a country-chic soirée done perfectly! The rustic burlap and wildflowers enhanced the already-beautiful scenery at the quaint Flora Country Farm, adding a touch of simple elegance that allowed for the couple’s love to shine right through! And did I mention this pair skateboarded out of their reception? Trust me — what you’re about to see is a wedding filled with enough charm and joy to go around! Xo, Amanda

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Marilyn Monroe once said, “Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.” Readers, Miss Marilyn’s a girl after my own heart — my inner shoe lover’s heart, that is! I whole-heartedly believe that the right pair of shoes can tie together any look. Sure, you’ve got the dress of your dreams and jewelry to match — but a show-stopping pair of shoes? They’ve got the power to take your entire wedding day look to the next level!

With spring in full swing, we’re loving some of the statement styles that are taking the season by storm! Scroll down & scope out some of the trends that have risen to the top of our It List! Xo, Amanda

1. Pretty in Pastel

Hopeless romantic at heart? Channel your sweet side with shoes in softly-shaded hues, like these pink beauties!

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2. Sparkled Stunners

It’s time to get ready for your close-up! There’s no doubt you’ll be the belle of the ball in a pair of iridescent pumps!

Spring Shoe Trends Iridescent Stud Bridal Shoes

3. Cute & Casual Coral

Sweet and oh-so-spunky, a pair of heels in a fresh, coral hue will add the perfect pop of color to your bridal look!

Spring Shoe Trends Coral Bow Peeptoe Wedding Shoes

4. Prints with Pizzazz

Are you the type of lady who loves the limelight? This style was made for you! Give your look a little more personality with a bold printed pump!

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5. Gilded Gold

All that glitters is gold! Amp up the ‘wow’ factor and accent your look with a set of ultra-glam heels!

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Craving more inspiration?! Check out our Trends page to see what other styles, details, decor & more have captured our attention!