The Adventurer's Guide to Eloping Outdoors

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What to Expect During Your Outdoor Engagement Photoshoot

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If you’re an adventurous couple eloping in Virginia (or beyond), you’re in for a great time with my outdoor engagement photoshoots! We’ll capture your love and connection against the stunning backdrop of Virginia’s natural beauty. Whether you’re hiking through the woods or cuddling on the beach, I’ll help you relax and have fun while we document this special time in your lives.

Find the perfect location

If you’re looking for the perfect outdoor location for your engagement photos, look no further than Virginia. With its stunning scenery and diverse landscapes, Virginia is the perfect place to capture your love story. From the rolling hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains to the sandy beaches of the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia has something for everyone. And with me, you can be sure I’ll capture every special moment in beautiful detail.

Plan to arrive early to your shoot location

It’s important to arrive early to your photoshoot location. This will give us plenty of time to scout out the best spots for pictures, and to make sure that the lighting is perfect. Arriving early also gives you a chance to relax and enjoy the surroundings before the shoot begins. Plus, it’ll help you avoid any unexpected surprises (like bad weather).

What if you run late to your photoshoot?

If you run late to your engagement photoshoot, you may miss out on some important shots. I may not be able to capture all the details of your outfit or the setting. You may also miss out on candid moments with your partner.

I also may not be able to accommodate your schedule and may have to reschedule. This could cause significant delays in getting your photos, and may even result in additional fees. To avoid this, be sure to plan ahead and allow plenty of time for travel and photography.

Dress comfortably and in clothing that suits your personality

Dress comfortably in clothing that suits your personality and makes you feel like yourself. Be sure to consider the season and location of your shoot when picking out your outfit. We will be spending a lot of time walking and adventuring, so it’s important to be able to move freely.

If you’re not sure what to wear, ask me (your photographer). I know what looks good on camera and can help you choose an outfit that will complement your surroundings. I also recommend layers for clothing because the temperatures can change throughout the day, especially if we are shooting near sunrise or sunset.

Bring along props that are meaningful to you as a couple

I always encourage my couples to bring along items that remind them of their relationship thus far or things that they are excited to start their married life with. This could be anything from a blanket that you picnic on during your first date to your dog’s leash (if he or she is part of the family, too!). Not only will these objects make for great photos, but they will also help you feel more connected to each other and your surroundings on what can feel like a very daunting day.

Should you bring your dog to your engagement photos?

If you and your partner are dog people, then absolutely! Your four-legged friend can be a part of your engagement photos and will add an extra element of cuteness and personality. Just make sure that your dog is well-behaved and won’t be too disruptive during the photo session.

There are a few things to keep in mind:

First, will your dog be comfortable being around strangers? If not, it may be best to leave them at home.

Secondly, consider the logistics of having a dog in the photo shoot – will they be able to sit still long enough for photos or will they be running around all over the place? If you’re not sure, it’s probably best to err on the side of caution and leave them at home.

Finally, think about what kind of message you want to send with your engagement photos – do you want them to be playful and fun with your dog included, or more romantic and intimate without your furry friend?

Be prepared to get a little dirty (or wet)

Your engagement photoshoot should be a reflection of your relationship – and that includes being prepared to get a little dirty (or wet). Whether it’s playing in the leaves, chasing waterfalls, or exploring Virginia’s scenic landscapes, we’ll make sure you have the time of your lives – and the photos to prove it.

What happens if it rains during your engagement photoshoot?

If it rains during your engagement photo session, there are a few things that can happen. First, I may try to work around the rain and take pictures of you both under an umbrella or in other creative ways. If the rain is really coming down, though, I may decide to reschedule the session for another day. Either way, don’t let a little rain ruin your shoot – these photos will be cherished memories of this special time in your life!

What about swimming during the session?

If you want to go swimming during your photo session, that’s totally fine! Just let me know in advance so I can plan accordingly. I may need to bring along waterproof camera housing to protect my equipment. And of course, make sure to take breaks between swimming and posing for photos so you don’t get too exhausted.

Be sure to bring along a towel and a change of clothes so you don’t get wet and cold afterwards. This could make a great photo opportunity to snuggle up together so don’t be surprised if I keep snapping pictures!

Have fun and relax!

I know that planning an elopement can be stressful, so I want you to have as much fun during your engagement photos as possible! I’ll take care of all the logistics so you can just relax and enjoy your special day.

Now that you know what to expect during an outdoor engagement photoshoot, it’s time to start planning your own!

If you’re not sure where to start, or if you need help finding the perfect photographer for you, schedule a clarity call with me today.

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