Engagement Photography - in Grand Haven

The waning days of Summer and early Fall are the best times for Engagement Sessions for couples who are planning their Weddings during the off-season.  And this is the case with Kelly and Josh.

Kelly will be the 4th of four siblings in the Cook Family that I've photographed when she and Josh tie the knot on Christmas Eve.  She asked if they could have their Engagement pictures done on the beech at Grand Haven.  I suppose that one of the benefits of having a long-standing relationship with your Photographer is that he will more aptly agree to using his day off for your benefit!  (lol)

In addition to some of the more expected images, I also created some super-cool, more abstract images which are more out of the ordinary - and which satisfy the creative bent that I, as a Photographer, have.  Here they are!



                                                                     What a cute couple! 



                                                                                                        Love it!



                                                                                               It's always great to have something different!  Too cool....


I'm really looking forward to Kelly and Josh's June Wedding next year!  It's going to be fun!






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Engagement Photography - What should I wear?


One of the most overlooked aspects of Engagement Photography is the choice of attire when a couple is to have their Engagement Picture taken.  

Before you roll your eyes and skip ahead to the next post, concluding that this is going to be the most boring topic ever featured in a photography blog, hang in there with me for just a few minutes!  These rules apply anytime you'd like to have a visual impact in a group situation, whether it's in a photograph - or just attending a formal occasion with another person.



              Catrice & Jonathan in formal attire.  Not for you?  Then keep reading, this next section should help!


First, ask your Photographer for some ideas concerning what you should wear for your Engagement Session - and what to avoid.  If he/she stares at you blankly with a "deer in the headlights" look, don't worry.  Just refer back to this blog entry for some helpful tips and suggestions in making your pictures the success they should be.

Here are some quick-hitting bullet points that are hard and fast rules:

   Try to Avoid:

  • checks
  • stripes
  • patterns
  • plaids
  • prints
  • logos
  • "hot" colors
  • shades of green - if your pictures are going to outdoors


Checks, stripes, patterns, plaids, prints and logos cause visual confusion to the person viewing your photograph.  When you add a second person to the mix, it only amplifies the visual clutter.  Remember:  our goal is draw attention to the you - the subject featured in the photograph - not the  clothes you are wearing!

 "Hot" colors are equally distracting.  Reds, Oranges, bright Yellows, Fuscias, etc. are subliminally alarming to someone viewing your Engagement Pictures.  These colors also tend to reflect/bounce discolored light onto your partner, hopelessly discoloring their faces.  Guys:  Leave the red shirt for Tiger Woods to wear on Sunday afternoon at the Masters Golf Tournament.  Don't risk having your fiancee's face look like a freshly cooked lobster.

And if you choose to wear clothes that are predominantly green, you will find yourself undoubtedly clashing with some or most of the folliage surrounding you!  You don't want to "camoflage" yourself by receding into a background of folliage! 




Having eliminated the clothes to avoid, let's take a brief look at what you should wear.

  Do Wear:

  • Whites or off-white shirts
  • neutral colors
  • soft pastels
  • long-sleeved shirts 


White, off-white, and neutral shirt selections will bounce clean light onto your faces.  Your photographer will love you for it.

Since the human eye is naturally attracted to skin tones, large areas of uncovered skin will make it difficult for your portrait viewer to ultimately find your face.  Long sleeved shirts help steer your Portrait viewer to the most important part of the portrait - you!

By following these guidelines for attire, you'll be looking great in your Engagement Portrait - and that's the goal!  


If a conventional Engagement session seems a little too tame, you may want to try this:



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Engagement Photography

 Originally Published September 11


Photographing a couple in an Engagement session prior to their wedding provides more than a beautiful Print for display in their home, it gives me the opportunity to gain some insight into the future Bride and Groom's individual personalities.  Some are quiet, reserved and place a high priority on protocol and propriety; others are more extroverted and gregarious.  Who they are and how they see themselves will be important in how we cover their Wedding Day.


Here are Bridget and Kyle





What can be more fun!

Until next time,





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