- CONNECTION SESSION -
- WHEN TO BOOK -
Connection Sessions usually last 1.5 hours, are held Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursdays, and ideally in the evening. The best time of day is the 2 hours before sunset right on through to the actual sunset.
I schedule these Sessions at various locations within 30 minutes of New Paltz, NY. I am always down to travel to a farther location that means something to you and would be happy to email you an estimated price for travel beyond 30 miles. On the other end, I have countless rad locations near by, some of which I have never taken anyone to shoot!
If you have a busy work schedule, you may want to schedule your session in the summer months, when the days are longer and the sun sets around 8:30-9:00.
Scheduling a date for your Connection Session will vary depending on what you would like to use the photos for. Save The Date’s are pre-invitations that are sent out between 4 to 6 months before the wedding. Since the average time to edit Connections is 3-4 weeks, I recommend scheduling your session at least seven months out from your wedding date for Save The Date purposes.
When ordering a Guest Book or Engagement Album to display at the wedding, we recommend scheduling the session at least 3 months before the wedding. You may also want to shoot in a different season than your wedding for a variety of overall images. My schedule fills up quickly so it’s never too early to put a date on the calendar!
- WHAT TO EXPECT -
These sessions are really just about celebrating your love and life together. It’s a chance to capture natural moments that show who you are, embrace your individuality, showcase creativity and illustrate the love you share. My sessions are laid back and free flowing, not as awkward as you think and a lot of fun.
Now let's talk real here for a minute. A great image is NOT about what it looks like, it is about what it FEELS like.
I can bring all the magic, spells and tricks up my sleeve, but if you and your partner don't have chemistry, well, I can't fake that. I will act as a tour guide, helping you to work out the awkwards, helping you to break down your walls, reminding you that PDA is totally OK, in fact, it's necessary for your images to not look stiff and posed. Sometimes it's easy to get up in our heads and wonder "Do I look dumb right now, is this ok?" but I promise you, if you focus on your connection with each other and let go, you will love your collection of images.
It is so important for BOTH of you to look through my Connection Sessions Portfolio so that BOTH of you have an idea in your minds about what my finished images look like. If the Groom hasn't seen them, then he is going to feel off and not know what to expect. NO ONE is comfortable in front of a camera, with a stranger, right off the bat. No one. But no need to worry- I will guide you as much as is needed, we will work through the awkward together, and if you TRUST in the process, and allow me in, your images will look and FEEL like the ones you see here, on my website and my IG.
Bring on the cuddles, nuzzles, PDA and connection! As long as you have chemistry with your partner, we can make magic happen!
Make sure you wear shoes that you can walk in even if you change in and out of them as we move along. I am really fond of tall grass and fields, wildflowers, forests, and all of the overgrown stuff, which sometimes can mean little bits of poison ivy, sticks and rocks, tall plants, so just think about that when you get dressed. If your legs and feet are totally exposed, it's no big deal, I will just adjust where I take you. The main thing is to be comfortable- if you're not, it will show. I am all about comfort! When you're comfortable, you're confident. When you're confident, you're beautiful!
After the session I am always open to any feedback you may have in case we need to change anything for the wedding day portraits.
Some couples prefer less cuddling photos, sometimes the sessions lead people to discovering their “good side”, sometimes people learn that they like the way they smile at each other. Whatever the case may be, it’s great practice for the wedding day photos as well!
- LOCATION -
Let me start by saying that we can shoot anywhere and I am often influenced by the environment in which I am shooting. It’s usually a good idea to choose a unique location that’s reflective of you both. Think about things that inspire you: consider places that have sentimental meaning for you or that’s fun or different about your hobbies, career or passions. Make it as personal as you can. The best locations are a mix of quirky and obscure.
Get together and brainstorm. If your style is more modern and minimal you may want to pick a city block with modern storefronts, a building or restaurant with flare, an art museum or a parking garage with geometric architecture, or an industrial setting, just as some examples.
If you’re both foodies, a colorful outdoor market or a picnic may be an option. If you’re both constantly found with your nose buried in books, a bookstore, library or study might be right for you.
You can also take a different route and get out into nature. We will meet up, take a walk or a hike, and take pictures along the way, chatting and adventuring. I know many many places we can go in the Hudson Valley or Catskills. I also have what I call my Victory Drive where I choose one of many different scenic loops in my area where we simply chase the light. Me in my car, you in yours, stopping as many times as we can before the sun goes down.
Think about the colors and style of any potential locations and how you can compliment them with your outfits. If it helps, keep in mind that sometimes the best locations for a photo shoot are in the most unusual places. These are just a few ideas to help you get started choosing a location. Our shoot doesn’t have to be deep and conceptual, but it helps if you love where we are.
I am always up for scouting new and unique locations for you. On the same note, if you can’t think of anything or just want to leave it up to me, I would be happy to come up with something for you. Sometimes the best location is no location. Someplace open to every possibility.
- WHAT TO WEAR -
Like the location, your outfits should be a reflection of you. I am totally flexible with whatever you’d like to wear. This is your session and I recommend that you be comfortable. If comfortable to you means dressed up, then go buy that dress from Anthropologie that you’ve been eyeing and bring some killer shoes too! If comfortable to you is your favorite, worn in shirt and pants with a pair of flats, then by all means, wear it.
For your session I recommend no more than two outfits in order to maximize our time together but one is great too. If you want to bring more it’s totally fine, but unfortunately, it may have an impact on the amount of time we’ll have to actually make photographs.
Colors play a big part in my photography. A touch of red, yellow or blue can make anything pop and help you stand out from the background. I strongly suggest not wearing all black or all white. The ultimate goal is to not blend in with the background or each other. Different colors work better during different seasons, so really think about what it will look like outside on the day of the session.
Avoid baggy button down shirts and shirts with logos. Be sure to bring a pair of comfortable shoes to change in and out of because we will probably do a bit of walking. Also, try to avoid any clothing that may show visible straps, tags or semi-transparent clothing that could reveal undergarments.
During the session, plan on only carrying the bare minimum. If you can, leave purses, bags, cell phones, etc. in your car or we can carry them for you.
Remember, confidence is everything in photographs. What you choose to wear should be something you feel comfortable in, that compliments your physical features, your individuality, something you can move around in and something that makes you feel amazing! Confidence is beautiful.
If you have any questions as you’re planning for your session, please don’t hesitate to ask and I look forward to photographing you soon!