Want to know my #1 tip to up-level your client experience during a couples or engagement session? ✨Play music✨ Yep, that’s really it! Playing music during a session makes a world of difference to help your couples loosen up and become more relaxed in front of the camera. As a full-time wedding photographer (and educator), I’ve spent plenty of time perfecting my ultimate playlist for photographers like YOU! And the best part? I’m ready to share it with you! 

From Andy Grammar to Beyoncé, Flo Rida and JLo… your couples will be having a dance party and groovin’ to the music while you capture them in their element. I’m so excited to share my #1 tip to up-level your client experience with my FREE playlist! I don’t think there’s anything better than dancing with your honey… and for YOU as a photographer to capture those little moments?! Priceless.

CLICK HERE TO CLAIM YOUR FREE COUPLES SESSION PLAYLIST⚡️

Additional Resources to Up-Level Your Client Experience:

How to Build Your Portfolio as a Photographer
5 Must-Have Tools You Need as a Photographer

And of course, I’d love to be friends over on Instagram (@morganelizabethphotos). Shoot me a DM with your fave songs from the playlist 🎶

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It’s that time of year, friend! You know the one I’m talking about? Engagement session season!! As a full-time wedding and elopement photographer (and past bride), I know firsthand just how much excitement fills the air leading up to your engagement session. Two of the most commonly asked questions I get when a session is booked is, “What do we wear?!” and “Should we bring anything?” Well, I’m here to give you all the nitty-gritty details to make sure your engagement session goes out without a hitch. Here are 8 Must Have Items for Your Engagement Session.

Your Outfits:

1. Outfit #1

How you dress for your engagement session should be a reflection of you and your honey. Think of what you’re comfortable in, what feels like “ah, this is us.” If you’re looking for outfit tips, check out my Styling Tips for Your Engagement Session blog! Searching for even more inspo?! My Pinterest board has gotcha covered!

2. Outfit #2 

Options, babe, options! The weather can change at the drop of a dime, or there could even be a wardrobe malfunction. The more prepared you are, the better. Double check with your photographer to see how many outfits are allowed for your particular session – and plan from there.

Onto the Practicals:

3. Lint Roller 

I don’t know about you, but when I leave the house, I’m still finding fur from my pup on me. Lint rollers are great for not only pet hair, but also for getting rid of any leaves left from traipsing through a field. (I love adventuring with my couples!)

4. Hair Brush

Whether the wind is whipping on the day of your engagement session or not, having a hair brush always comes in clutch. In the event of wind, embrace it! You’ll be at peace knowing you can always brush your hair.

5. Hairspray

Even if you’re generally not a “hairspray person”, bring it! Smooth hair photographs really well; hairspray helps tame those pesky flyaways and wind-tousled hair!

6. Scissors

Never know when a scissors might come in handy! Pesky tags, hanger straps, etc. 

7. Bug Spray

TRUST me on this one. Bug bites are the worst! ‘Nuff said.

8. Champagne!

I simply can’t end an engagement session without poppin’ champagne! Bring a bottle to end your session with a fun spray and a few sips. SO much fun!

Which of my 8 Must Have Items for Your Engagement Session would you have forgotten?! Send me a message over on Instagram (@morganelizabethphotos); I’d love to hear from you!

Additional Resources:

Wedding Day Survival Kit
5 Getting Ready Tips for Your Wedding Day

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If you’ve never had the pleasure of exploring the North Shore of Lake Superior, take this as your sign. As a full-time wedding and elopement photographer based out of Minnesota, the North Shore holds such a special place in my heart. To say that I jumped at the chance to photograph my virtual assistant’s anniversary photos would be an understatement! Courtney and Khris’ Palisade Head State Park adventure session filled my heart with so much joy.

As I mentioned, Courtney is actually my virtual assistant! (Check her out on Instagram @cpproductivity) 🤗 Courtney and Khris made the drive up to the Duluth area a couple days earlier to do some exploring. Even though the weather wasn’t exactly cooperative during their stay, they made the most of it. The morning of their session, we met up for some much-needed coffee before looking for the perfect spot for their photos. We started off at Tettegouche State Park; my husband and I actually got engaged there! It was much fun showing them around some of my favorite places.

Palisade Head Adventure Session

We hiked out to an overlook where Palisade Head was in the background; they instantly knew they had to have their anniversary session there! Our morning together had been spent watching the radar like a hawk. Just as we decided to make the quick drive to Palisade Head, we saw some massive storm clouds rolling in over Lake Superior. When we got to the top of the park, Courtney quickly changed and we scurried down to the cliff’s edge. Courtney and Khris were such troopers as lightning was literally flashing just behind me! We knocked out their session pretty quickly and made it back into the car before the rain started to come down.

This Palisade Head State Park Adventure Session truly was such a sweet one to capture. The North Shore brings so much peace to my heart; there’s nothing more special than sharing that with others. If you’re looking for more Northern Minnesota content, stay tuned – more coming to the blog soon! Can’t wait?! Let’s be friends on Instagram (@morganelizabethphotos). 😊✨

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Can I let you in on a secret? Even as a full-time wedding and couples’ photographer, my husband I struggled to find the perfect song for our first dance. 😅 If you’re like Bradyn and me, music plays such a a special part in a relationship. So if you’re at the stage in wedding planning where you’re searching for the perfect tune to slow dance to with your honey… I gotchu. I created an entire playlist of songs for your first dance, just for you!!

Before you dive into the playlist, I want to encourage you to search for a song that really reflects your relationship. Music is one of those things that has the ability to bring us right back to a moment… So make sure that the song you choose does just that. After all, in years to come, you’ll listen to your song and be brought back to your wedding day, surrounded by all of your favorite people.

Pop open a bottle of your favorite beverage, cozy up on the couch (or practice your dance moves), and turn on this FIRST DANCE PLAYLIST 🎶 full of the perfect songs for your first dance 🥂

Additional Resources:

3 Alternatives to a First Look
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So, let me guess: you’re planning for your upcoming engagement session and have NO idea what to wear😅 I have been there. As a full-time wedding and couples photographer (and past bride), I know how overwhelming and daunting the decision can be. By the end of this blog, you’ll be feeling confident and ready to take some incredible engagement photos with your love. Alright, let’s get into my styling tips for your engagement session.

DRESS FOR COMFORT

This one might seem like a no-brainer but WOW does it make a difference. Wearing something that you feel comfortable in makes the world of difference. Even if you want to buy something new for your photos, try to “break it in” by wearing it a couple times and moving around in it. In my engagement sessions, I love for my couples to be able to move around – whether that’s running, going in for a dip, or twirling around. 

THINK NEUTRALS

When pairing outfits with your honey, keep in mind that neutrals (or earth tones!) photograph really well. Especially if you really want to compliment that location of your photos, wearing those tones will help you stand out but not clash with the environment. 

LET’S TALK PATTERNS

Fun fact: patterns are not the enemy. I love a good floral print as much as the next person. My biggest tip is to choose subtle patterns – and avoid clashing! 

LAYERS, LAYERS, LAYERS

I love a good layering moment. Packing or wearing layers allows you to ✨spice up✨ your photos without having to do a ton of outfit changes. 

Now that you are set with some styling tips for your engagement session, all there’s left to do is pop some bubbly and get ready for your session 🥂

Additional Resources:

Must-Know Getting Ready Tips for Brides 
Wedding Day Exit Tips
And as always, let’s be friends on Instagram (@morganelizabethphotos). 🤗

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It’s that time of year again, friends. And if you’re a photographer, you know exactly what I’m talking about. That’s right… busy-season! Doesn’t it feel like we just wrapped up busy-season!?! Anyway, here we go again. And I just want to be the first to say that you are going to CRUSH IT. My biggest piece of encouragement is to give yourself grace, and the rest will fall into place. You’ve got this! With that being said, I want to help set you up for success as we dive into these next several months. So without further ado, let’s get into it. I’d like to dub this as “The Wedding Photographer’s Busy-Season Survival Guide” 😉

Review Your Workflow

I’m talking about everything from your emails to your contracts. Ensuring that your pricing and packages are up to date will help eliminate any stress that could be looming over your head come busy-season. I also highly encourage going through your workflow and automating as much as you can. The CRM that I use (and swear by) is Honeybook. With Honeybook, I’m able to automate any tasks that I don’t necessarily need to have “hands on”. I can’t recommend them enough. Click to save 20% off your first year of Honeybook!

I also make sure all of email templates are updated. If you’re also looking to “beef up” your email game, my friend (and business partner) Sarah and I created a FREE✨ email template for YOU! With our magic email, getting ghosted will be a thing of the past. CLICK HERE🤗 to claim your freebie.

Update Your Website

Just as you update your contracts and emails with appropriate, up-to-date information, ensure that this is also reflected on your website! The last thing you want to do amidst the endless hours of editing is go in and update your website. 

Review Your Clients’ Projects

If you use Honeybook (or any other customer relationship management system), refamiliarize yourself with the information. Go through the day-of-timeline, ensure that you know where the reception takes place, etc. Even though you will reference this information a few more times before their wedding day, now is the perfect time to gather any info you might not have.

Line Up Second Shooters

Personally, I like to have my second shooters lined up within about 6 months in advance. Not only does this help me from feeling like I’m scrambling to find someone at the last minute, but this also shows my clients how much I value them and their wedding day. 

Get Your Gear Professionally Cleaned

This is 100% a necessity before diving into months of shooting. I have always used Canon Professional Services CPS. If you happen to live in California, you can actually just drop your gear up and pick it up a couple days later. I’ve always shipped my gear (for free), and it’s been returned within 3-4 business days. Everything looks sparkly and brand new! Think of it as “spring cleaning”, but for your camera 😉

Tie Up Any Loose Ends

If you’ve been working on any projects or campaigns, now is the opportune time to wrap those up. Finalize any guides you’ve been working on, get your campaigns in order, and get ready to put those aside. I just know I won’t have any extra time to dedicate to those “extras” I started during “slow-season”. 

You’ve GOT THIS. The wedding photographer’s busy-season survival guide will help set you up for success and prepare you for the next several, hectic months. As you check these things off your list, remember that you have the best job in the world (if I do say so myself). Keep that in mind, give yourself grace, and go kick some butt!!

Additional Resources:

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