• Yana

How to have a Meaningful and Adventurous Engagement Photoshoot

Updated: Feb 4

I am sure you are inclined to share your day with a photographer you can connect with on a deeper level. Someone who gets you. There are a couple of great advantages to booking a couples shoot:

- Setting up an adventure engagement session will give you a taste of my shooting style and a collection of photos you can use for your wedding stationery.

- Getting to know you on a deeper level through a personalized photo shoot will give me the opportunity to capture your wedding day with sensitivity and insight. 


I focus on observing, rather than dictating the scenes. I’ll give you easy instructions, asking you to move and interact together in ways that allow me to capture candid moments in a flattering way. We might play fun games to capture the real you if you feel like you need to relax a bit more, with prompts that include movements and associations. You'll most likely leave your session feeling like you connected with your partner on a different level and managed to conquer another challenge hand in hand!

1. Envision the season for your shoot

Weather can be tricky, especially in Michigan! Helloooo, April! But the season and time of the day will determine the visual outcome of your images. Are you looking to frolic in a park full of colorful foliage, ready to embrace the winter wonderland or are you more of a sun basking creature loving the golden hour of spring/summer days? Talk to me about the story you’re trying to tell for your adventure engagement session.

2. Let's choose a meaningful location

Setting your engagement session in a beautiful historical building with neo-gothic architecture definitely tells a story. But, have you thought of inviting your photographer to your home, make tea, read a book under the blanket and then play the guitar? Have you thought of going on an adventure and making a bon fire at your favorite spot by the river and sip hot toddy while listening to crackling of the wood? Make the shoot about you.

3. Pick out a comfortable outfit

This one speaks for itself – there are no boundaries, but make sure you LOVE what you’re wearing. If you choose to do an adventure engagement, choose a comfortable outfit that will reflect your personalities and the vibe you're going for. To introduce elegance into your shoot, go for a long gown that will flow in the wind and the sun will beautifully shine through the fabric at your sunset shoot.

4. Be yourself (unless you can be a unicorn)

Oldie but goodie. But seriously, if being yourself means bringing a unicorn mask to your adventure engagement shoot – PLEASE DO IT! It's about having the experience of your lifetime! Every detail down to how you interact with each other to the real explosive laughter triggered by a tickle or an intimate whisper in your ear. This is exactly what I am looking for - I want to capture the real you!

5. Focus on your connection

For me as an adventure wedding and elopement photographer, the most important part of the shoot is to capture unposed candid moments of your interactions, the split second, when you forget someone is watching, the uninhibited laugh you share with your partner. This is what makes an engagement session.

6. Have fun!

Have a shot of tequila, if you need to – and enjoy your time with your partner! You are creating a space for an enriching experience, even if it pushes your boundaries, you will leave your session feeling you managed to conquer another challenge hand in hand with the addition of tens of beautiful photographs you'll cherish forever..

If you would like to book an adventure engagement session or a couples session, follow these 3 simple steps:

  1. Check out my contact page

  2. Say hi

  3. And share your story!



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