engagement session

You've Made It Official...

 

…Now it’s time to pick a photographer and plan your engagement session!

I love spending time getting to know couples before an engagement photography session. It allows me to learn more about them to ensure their photo sessions are exactly what they want and to capture them and their personalities in the best light and expose the love that’s rooted so deep between them. Just a few moments of talking with the couple before a shoot allows me to put their nerves to ease and gives us a chance to get to know each other without the cameras because let’s be honest most of us are not models or really love being in front of the camera anyways (myself included).

An engagement photo session can be an important part of telling your love story along the path from engagement to marriage, and even further down the road. Here’s a couple really important reasons you should plan an engagement session.

Capture the Moment

What an exciting moment it was… your spouse dropped to one knee and you said yes to your best friend and lifelong partner. While it’s a moment you’ll never forget, it’s the love, your personalities and the excitement that a photographer wants to capture in an engagement session. Obviously, it’s not the engagement itself, but that love and excitement is what you can catch in that moment to cherish forever.

Share the Love

Don’t hide your love… share it! Engagement photos are the perfect way to tell your story, announce to the world you’re tying the knot, or use as a wedding save-the-date announcement before you send out your official wedding invitations. They can be printed as photos and given to family members or you can get creative with your announcements or save-the-dates and print the engagement photos on magnets or other creative items that will stand out from the regular mail someone receives daily.

Hopefully this helps if you’re contemplating whether you should or shouldn’t plan an engagement session. It’s just a great way to feel more confident in front of the camera with your wedding photographer. Not only will you get your jitters out and become more confident but you’ll learn how your photographer operates and even better your photographer will get a better idea of your comfort level and your best angles which will result in amazing pictures on your wedding day. Stayed tuned for our next blog for more tips on planning your engagement session!

~Lesley

 

The Proposal

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year… to Propose!

Every year when the Holidays roll around, you’re almost guaranteed to hear, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” And we couldn’t agree more, especially here in beautiful Northwest Florida! Everything that happens this time of year echoes and reinforces this saying. The delectable food, festive decorations, happening holiday parties, over-abundance of sweets and treats, cool (but not cold) weather, jolly people and that happy feeling we get when we're surrounded by the ones we love, truly makes this the most wonderful time of the year...To Propose!

Christmas and New Year’s tend to be a very popular time to pop the question, especially with the natural beauty that surrounds us on the gulf coast. And hey, when you are in as unique of a place as Northwest Florida, there are so many options to use as your backdrop for the perfect proposal and engagement session. Of course, the beautiful white sand and Emerald Green waters never disappoint for the perfect beach engagement photo session. Catch the sunset at Grayton Beach with your love enjoying some champagne and a warm blanket, then drop to one knee right as the sun starts to set behind the horizon.

Not a fan of the sand? No problem, take a trip to Eden State Gardens where the willow trees blow and the breeze is sweet. There is such a tranquil spirit at this location, that will enhance the special moment and memories from your South Walton proposal in a more intimate location.

Looking for a fun atmosphere with good food, flowing wine and friends? Take your pick from a long list of amazing restaurants that will delight with their succulent culinary offerings and gorgeous views of the Emerald Coast in the Destin, 30A and the surrounding South Walton areas. Catch a beach view in a fun atmosphere at The Beach House restaurant at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, or a soothing sunset at The Bay in South Walton overlooking the calm Choctawhatchee Bay waters. For an entertaining atmosphere, The Red Bar in Grayton Beach is always lively and full of fun, while being just a short walk from the beach. For a Destin proposal location, check out some of the amazing locations along the Destin Harbor with great food, fun atmospheres (as well as intimate atmospheres) and amazing views.

All of these places are even more special during the Holidays, as many have fun events and beautiful decorations that can add to the backdrop and enhance the environment of your proposal location.

We love nothing more than capturing all your special moments. With over 13 years experience in wedding and fine art photography we can capturing it all. The Proposal, Engagement Session, The Big Day, Family Portraits and everything else in between. Documenting these significant moments in life has been a personal mission of ours that has evolved into a unique style of storytelling. Contact us at info@isacksphoto.com to plan your holiday proposal and engagement session.