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Dec
8

7 Ways to Make Your Engagement Photos Irresistible

Drew Cason Photography
 

Your engagement session is a great opportunity to have fun and create some images that will capture this time in your life. Talk with your photographer about the look and feel you want for your images and don't be shy about making suggestions on locations or stylizing your shoot. This session is all about you!

Many brides and grooms are choosing to do more with their engagement sessions than just a few simple portraits. Adding fun elements or picking a unique location can make your session totally personal.

Here are some of my favorite engagement shoot ideas:

 

Lyndsey Sullivan Photography

1. Bring your pup (or pet) -- What better way to capture your new family than by including a beloved pet in your session?

 

Angie Davis Photography

2. Use an urban setting -- Fun and funky or chic and modern. Downtown locales are great for couples who want a more modern look to their session. Alleys and undiscovered locations in your area make for a more intimate view of the city where you'll be wed.

 

Sterling Imageworks

3.Make it seasonal -- If you can plan far enough ahead, you can catch the nuances of the season in which you'll be married from a winter wonderland to the leaves of fall, the flowers of spring and lush green grass of summer. 

 

Pictures by Katie

4. Incorporate your favorite activity -- Maybe you enjoy playing checkers or golf. What better way to capture your personality as a couple than in the heat of game play, the agony of defeat or the comedy of anticipating the next move? 

 

Arshia Khan Photography

5. Acknowledge your heritage -- Think vintage-style. Bring out nostalgia or an avant garde flair with some dramatic shots coupled with retro styling. Maybe incorporate family heirlooms to make it more personal.

 

Tyler Rosenthal Photography

6. Use props and furniture -- Rent a great piece of furniture to use in your session, or bring a prop to create more variety in your images.

 

Tilly Davis

7. Return to the place where he proposed -- After all, what better way to capture an engagement than at the place where it all started?!

 

Something else to think about ... The combination of your outfits and location you choose for your session create a mood in your images. Since many couples use these photos in their Save-The-Dates, a guestbook album or Thank-You's, it's important to consider your portrait session as part of your wedding. Coordinating your engagement session with the look and feel of your wedding design means you'll have a consistent look from start to finish.

Oh, and one last tip for grooms ... Want to score extra brownie points with your bride-to-be? Make dinner reservations at her favorite restaurant and whisk her away to a romantic dinner after an afternoon of shooting. She'll think it's super thoughtful. And after an hour or two of shooting, your growling tummy will thank you too!

 

Meredith Melody is the owner of Meredith Melody Photography. She is a seasoned wedding photographer who's shot many creative engagement photos for Arkansas brides and grooms. She blogs about her adventures in engagement, wedding anad boudoir photography on her blog LittleRockWeddingPhotographer.com. Learn more about her services at MeredithMelody.com.

This blog is adapted from an original post by Meredith Melody that ran 03/15/12. 

Photos by Drew Cason PhotographyLyndsey Sullivan PhotographyAngie Davis, Sterling ImageworksKatie Childs PhotoArshia Khan PhotographyTyler Rosenthal Photography and Tilly Davis.

Dec
5

Ozark Bride Inspiration Shoot by She Said Yes and Anna Hutchinson

Anna Hutchinson Photography

 

Do you fancy yourself a rustic bride, but cringe at the thought of burlap? You’re not alone. NWA photographer Anna Hutchinson and She Said Yes collaborated and put together this INSANE Ozark Bride inspiration shoot that we just know you're going to love. 

“We wanted to show brides that they can style their dresses in the fall/winter and wear something a little more fun than just a fur shawl and pearls,” said Anna.

Nailed it.

 

The details:

 

Anna Hutchinson Photography

 

Anna Hutchinson Photography

 

Anna Hutchinson Photography

 

Anna Hutchinson Photography

 

Anna Hutchinson Photography

 

Anna Hutchinson Photography

 

Anna Hutchinson Photography

 

Anna Hutchinson Photography

 

Anna Hutchinson Photography

Nov
25

Warm Rustic Weddings that Will Melt Your Winter Heart

Stephanie Parsley Photography

Lauren Burkhalter & Mark Blanco
Nov. 17, 2012 • Pratt Place Inn & Barn, Fayetteville

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, y’all! 

With the promise of food food, family and friends, the cozy vibe is off the charts, and that means we can’t help but daydream about all things warm and seasonal. Today in particular, we’re loving the rustic locations and details of some of our fave Arkansas weddings. 

Ok. That's an understatement. We're absolutely losing it.

The barns, the lace, it’s all here. Button up your flannel, grab some hot cocoa and enjoy the visual feast before the turkey one. 

Stephanie Parsley Photography

Lauren Burkhalter & Mark Blanco
Nov. 17, 2012 • Pratt Place Inn & Barn, Fayetteville

Stephanie Parsley Photography

Lauren Burkhalter & Mark Blanco
Nov. 17, 2012 • Pratt Place Inn & Barn, Fayetteville

Cottonwood Studios Worldwide

Lindsey Jack & Ethan Landrum
Brookhill Ranch, Hot Springs
Sept. 8, 2012

Cottonwood Studios Worldwide

Lindsey Jack & Ethan Landrum
Brookhill Ranch, Hot Springs
Sept. 8, 2012

BnBauman Photography
Jenny Vining & T.J. Posey April 27, 2013 • Bear Creek Log Cabins — The Lake House, Marshall

Whitney Bower Imaging
Cara White & Andrew Sills Aug. 10, 2013 • Robbins-Sanford Grand Hall & Searcy Country Club, Searcy

Whitney Bower Imaging
Cara White & Andrew Sills Aug. 10, 2013 • Robbins-Sanford Grand Hall & Searcy Country Club, Searcy

Ashley Carson Photography
Margaret Gregory & Thomas Hart, Jr. May 18, 2013 • Hidden Valley Farm, Little Rock

Ashley Carson Photography
Margaret Gregory & Thomas Hart, Jr. May 18, 2013 • Hidden Valley Farm, Little Rock

MLITTLEPHOTOGRAPHY

Leah Ligon & Kevin Endsley
Holly Grove Presbyterian Church & Duck Tales Lodge, Clarendon
Feb. 23, 2013

Melissa McCrotty Photography

Bayley Hepp & Lucas Cox
June 16, 2012 • The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch, Dardanelle

Melissa McCrotty Photography

Bayley Hepp & Lucas Cox
June 16, 2012 • The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch, Dardanelle

A Moment Captured Photography

Anna Parker & Michael Lay
Finishing Touch Event Design

A Moment Captured Photography

Anna Parker & Michael Lay
May 14, 2011 • "Papa's Farm," Hartford

A Moment Captured Photography

Anna Parker & Michael Lay
May 14, 2011 • "Papa's Farm," Hartford

 

Photography by Stephanie Parsley Photography, Cottonwood Studios Worldwide, BnBauman PhotographyWhitney Bower ImagingAshley Carson PhotographyMLITTLEPHOTOGRAPHY, Melissa McCrotty PhotographyA Moment Captured Photography

 

Nov
19

Arkansas Bride: Hailey Hundley of Jonesboro

Hailey Hundley + Brandon McNew

October 18, 2014 • Home of Barry And Krissi Hesse, Hailey's aunt and uncle

Photography: mlittlephotography

Gown: Low's Bridal and Formal

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