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Engagement Session

What is an Engagement session? 

A photo session that is done before your wedding (at least 1.5 months before the wedding if you wish to have the photos printed by your wedding date).  It is a 2-hour session that we provide in all of our wedding packages, or as a standalone engagement session.

Why do I need an Engagement session?

  1. You get photos you can use as guests sign-in albums or enlarge a few to place in your wedding reception room.
  2. Get a chance to work with us before the wedding, gets you comfortable in front of two camera.  Allowing us to build your trust in our abilities.
  3. We get a feeling of your personality and how you react to our photo directions
  4. We try a variety of photography style and techniques to see what you like the best.
  5. You preview all the photos in our private gallery and you let us know by rating/comment what styles and techniques you like the best.  We’ll apply more of the styles you like during your wedding day.

Where are the engagement session done?

You choose any location you want.  However you are responsible for checking for hours of operation and proper permits if required.  Below are a list of places that we’ve done engagement photoshoots before; these locations do not require permits.

  1. Crissy Fields (1199 East Beach Presidio, San Francisco, CA 94129): Click HERE to see Examples
  2. Legion of Honor (100 34th Ave San Francisco, CA 94121): Click HERE to see examples.
  3. Palace of Fine Arts (3301 Lyon St – at Bay St, San Francisco, CA 94123): Click HERE to see Examples
  4. Potrero Hills (Corner of 20th Street and Wisconsin Street, in San Francisco):  Click HERE to see Examples
  5. The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay (One Miramontes Point Road, Half Moon Bay, CA  94019): Click HERE to see Examples
  6. Japanese Tea Garden (Tea Garden Dr Golden Gate Park San Francisco, CA 94118): Click HERE to see Examples
  7. Baker Beach (Gibson Rd, San Francisco, CA 94129): Click HERE to see Examples
  8. Central Rec. Center. & Park – 50 East 5th Ave. 94401 (They have a beautiful Japanese Garden here too!): Click HERE to see Examples
  9. Garin Park Hayward (1320 Garin Avenue, Hayward, CA 94544) Click HERE to see Examples
  10. “Lands End Trail” Beach: A historical site on the street of Merrie Way and Point Lobos Ave in San Francisco. Click HERE to see Examples
  11. Downtown San Francisco & a little bit at the San Francisco Embarcadero (Pier). Click HERE to see Examples
  12. Lake Merritt (568 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland) Click HERE to see Examples
  13. Middle Harbor Shoreline Park – 2777 Middle Harbor Rd, Oakland, CA 94607. Click HERE to see Examples
  14. Bernal Heights Hills ( Bernal Heights Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94110o ). Click HERE to see Examples
  15. Emeryville Marina Park – 3300 Powell St. (at Anchor Dr) Emeryville, CA 94608. Click HERE to see Examples
  16. Ardenwood Historic Farm – 34600 Ardenwood Blvd. Fremont, CA 94555. Click HERE to see Examples
  17. Ghirardelli Square & Adjacent Park – 900 North Point Street, San Francisco, CA 94109. Click HERE to see Examples
  18. Treasure Island: One Avenue of the Palms, Treasure Island, San Francisco, CA 94130. Click HERE to see Examples
  19. Walt Disney Family Museum – 104 Montgomery Street  San Francisco, CA 94129.  Click HERE to see Examples
  20. Cal State East Bay – 25800 Carlos Bee Boulevard  Hayward, CA 94542.  (permit required to shoot here)Click HERE to see Examples
  21. Standford University – 450 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA 94305.  (permit required to shoot here)Click HERE to see Examples
  22. Coyote Hills Regional Park – 8000 Patterson Ranch Rd. Fremont, CA 94555. Click HERE to see Examples
  23. Piedmont Cemetery – 5000 Piedmont AveOakland, CA 94611. Click HERE to see Examples
  24. Leo J. Ryan Memorial Park – 650 Shell Blvd Foster City, CA 94404. Click HERE to see Examples
  25. Panther Beach – California 1, Seaside, CA 95060.  Click HERE to see Examples
  26. Albany Bulb Parkour Park – 1 Buchanan St. Albany, CA 94706. Click HERE to see Examples
  27. Battery Mendell – Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Olema, CA 94950. Click HERE to see Examples
  28. Kohl Mansion – 2750 Adeline Dr, Burlingame, CA 94010.  (permit required to shoot here)Click HERE to see Examples
  29. Stow Lake Boathouse – 50 Stow Lake Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118.  Click HERE to see Examples
  30. San Francisco City Hall – 1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Pl San Francisco, CA 94102. (note: only available to the public on weekdays).  Click HERE to see Examples
  31. Marin Headlands – 948 Fort Barry Sausalito, CA 94965. Click HERE to see Examples
  32. Moss Beach & Near by Hiking Trails – 800 N Lake St. Moss Beach, CA 94038. Click HERE to see Examples

What to wear and bring on the engagement session?

  • We recommend wearing colorful clothes, but you’re welcome to wear whatever you like.  Please expect that you might be sitting down on grassy areas.
  • If you have new shoes, remember to remove the price label from underneath the shoes.
  • If your heels are not comfortable for long walks, we suggest you bring a pair of flats too.
  • You may have up to one outfit change during the session.
  • Bring jackets, it *will* get cold when the sun goes down.   We always end up using jackets by the end of the photo shoot.
  • Avoid bringing a purse (or expensive belongings) with you on the shoot.
  • Pets are welcome as long as there is a cage and/or a caretaker to watch over them.
  • We highly encourage props because it makes your photos more personalized, and it will help you relax more.
  • Please have a large bag to carry everything so that we can easily move from location to location.
  • Here are some props ideas to get you started:
    • White boards with markers
    • Picnic basket
    • Picnic blanket (perfect for siting/laying down photos, makes for great photos!)
    • Cup Cakes
    • Wine Glasses and Bottle (bring a funnel if you plan to save the wine for later).
    • Umbrella (transparent, or colorful ones)
    • Balloons (inflated with Helium)
    • Paper to make air planes (colorful paper helps)
    • Blankets for cozy photos
    • Drinking Mugs for cozy Photos
    • Battery Powered LED Christmas Lights
    • Battery Powered LED Tea Lights (40 of them would make nice heart to go around you).
    • DIY Signs like “&” with your initials, or “LOVE”, “she said yes”, etc.
    • Musical Instruments
    • Books to read
    • Board games
    • Stuff animals
    • Flowers
    • Flower pedals you can throw
    • Bubbles (hand blown or a bubble gun).
  • During the session check each other for food in teeth or lipstick on teeth; also please do not chew gum.
  • Bring LOTS of energy, expect to have lots of fun, and don’t be shy to let your chemistry show!
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