How To Win A Free Engagement Session
When Brad and I got engaged, planning an engagement shoot was one of the first things on my mind. Why?
- I LOVE photoshoots. Modeling is one of my biggest passions 📷
- I could finally get my handsome guy in front of a professional lens 😍
- There's something so special about capturing your love on camera 💕
Needless to say, I was giddy with excitement to start searching for photographers!
So how did we win a FREE engagement shoot? Instagram, my friends. Good things come to those obsessed with the gram. Follow local photographers, and wait for them to announce giveaways! It's a great way for them to gain more exposure and build their clientele, so it's definitely bound to happen. And if you're lucky, you just might win like we did! Our photographer, Jessie Shultz Photography asked her followers to comment with "how we met", and she just so happened to pick our story. Below is how it all went down: Instagram entry + winner announcement 🎉
You know those really lucky people who magically win everything? Yeah, not me 😂 I couldn't believe it! Our shoot also included a complimentary flower crown (for the bride, heh) made by Collected With Love, so I was full on swooning over this dream come true.
I loved the idea of shooting somewhere that was special to us. We ended up choosing El Moro Canyon in Laguna Beach, CA as our photoshoot location. It has a breathtaking view of the ocean, and it's our favorite place to hike together. I actually once thought that this would be where he proposed, but more on that later...
Jessie and her husband, Dylan are the sweetest photography team you'll ever meet. They also have a fantastic sense of humor! They made us laugh throughout the entire shoot, which made us feel SO comfortable. It can feel a bit awkward posing intimately with your fiancé in front of strangers...but they ensured a relaxed, silly atmosphere for us.
I learned a couple new things about my fiancé that day: he's really great at helping me change outfits behind a bush, and he also makes for a sexy model (saw that coming). We felt more comfortable as the shoot progressed, and we managed to climb a steep hill to get some killer shots during magic hour (see above). When you're told to lock eyes for hours, it's only natural to feel like you're falling for your partner all over again. Love was quite literally in the air...as cliche as that sounds. That being said, I strongly recommend planning an engagement shoot.
Take a peek at some of my favorites ❤️ Which one should I use for our save-the-dates?