KELLY & BRYAN ENGAGEMENT SESSION | Huntley | Jeff Gathman Photography

Engagement sessions are a big hit with couples.  You’ve seen the wedding blogs, the bridal magazines and the professional looking shots on Facebook of your friends laughing and kissing with the sun setting behind them. It’s officially called engagement photography, but essentially it’s just a chance for a professional photographer to capture two people in love who want to share it with the world, or even just between themselves. More than that, it’s an opportunity for you to work with your photographer for the first time. It’s an opportunity for you to see how I shoot and for me to get to know you better as a couple. It’s a good way for me to help you get comfortable in front of the camera so that there are no surprises on your big day. These sessions can be as fun and elaborate as you’d like to make it, so at the end of the day, I’d like for you to not only remember the day you had a photo shoot, but also the day you had a great date…and had a photographer tag along. These beautiful photographs have been used to create “save-the-date” cards, on the wedding websites, announcements and even incorporated into wedding day decor pieces.

A typical engagement session will last between 1-2 hours and takes place at a location of your choice. It’s best to keep to one location so we spend our time shooting rather than traveling.

What should we wear? Wear something fun, something nice and most importantly something that is you. These are your photos to look back on years from now.

Can we do something creative? Yes, absolutely yes. Do you want to bring a big white arm chair out to the middle of a field of wildflowers? I’m listening.

What if we’re not that comfortable in front of the camera? Don’t worry about it. The love you feel for each other will eventually come out and I’ll be there to capture it. 

First Look! | Destination Wedding | Jeff Gathman Photography

Victoria & Blaine

What is a first look? Since a first look has become more popular, many brides are asking that question because they are not really sure what it means. A first look is a moment staged and set up by the photographer for the bride and groom to see each other before the ceremony.  The groom would be looking away,  while the bride starts walking down towards him. She will tap his shoulder, and he will turn around and see his beautiful bride for the first time. After they have a moment to themselves, we set up the bride and groom for portraits, then of course pictures with the family and the bridal party. That pretty much sets you free to relax and enjoy your wedding.