This On-the-Water Engagement Session is All About the Details



A long white dress + rowboat + the sweetest lovers ever = magic! And it all happened in my neck of the woods at Seattle’s Lake Union and the Seattle Arboretum (hey, hey for using local places!). I love that Ji and Ariella’s photos have two distinct feels: nautical and whimsical. These spectacular places illustrate the importance of setting for your engagement shoot. The rowboat gives the first series of images a preppy feel while the garden pics are heart-meltingly romantic. Ariella didn’t even have to change her stunning dress–the switching of venues was more than enough to add interest and style to the session.

When it comes to picking your engagement shooting venues, ask these questions to make sure its the best fit for you and your fiance:

Does it fit our personalities? Engagement sessions show a snippet of your personalities. Pick a place that both of you are drawn to. Do you like books? Don hipster chic attire and head to a used bookstore to take some shots with fun covers. Love going to the movies? Consider heading to your city’s local wax museum for pics with some celebrities!

What time will work for us? Your venue, particularly if its outdoors, will have a different feel depending on the time of day. As the sun moves, so do shadows and light. Loop your photog in to make sure you’re shooting at an ideal window of time. After all, if you want that gorgeous sunset shot, a little planning will be involved.

Who else might be around? Public areas are, well, public. Tourists and locals alike will probably be around if you’re at a park or city walk. These “walk-ons” can add a fun, lively feel to your images but if you want more intimate photos (without that random jogger in the background), you might want to opt for an isolated wooded area or avoid peek hours at more populated places.

-Where should we change? Most engagement sessions include an outfit switch! Make sure you know where and when you can slip into your next look since you’ll be out and about. If you’re in, for example, a historic library, chances are you can just use the bathroom. But if you’re out in a field, you might have to opt for a car quick change.


Photographer:  Solie Designs//Event Venue:Seattle Arboretum//

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