Sweet Memories’ Tips for a Successful and Fun Engagement Session

Sweet Memories’ Tips for a Successful and Fun Engagement Session

Getting Ready for your engagement session and don’t know where to start? Whether it’s picking a location, what to wear, what to bring, etc., push it aside and take a deep breath. Your upcoming session doesn’t need to be another item to add to your list of things to stress about! I have put together my own list of tips for a successful and fun engagement session to help guide you.

Location

Choose a location and/or atmosphere that you feel comfortable to be yourselves in. A lot of couples choose a place that is significant to them whether it’s where they met, where they got engaged, or just their “happy place.”

Tips for a Successful and Fun Engagement Session | Boca Raton Tips for a Successful and Fun Engagement Session | Boca RatonNo location is a bad location. I have had couples ask me to shoot in Wynwood for a more artistic and eclectic look, at a local and favorite restaurant where they dine often, and the college where they first met. The more personal, the better I say!

What to Wear

The most important thing is that YOU feel pretty/handsome. Wear clothes that you feel great in, fit well, are comfortable, and compliment your significant other’s outfit. Stay away from extremely busy patterns and wearing matchy-matchy outfits (white shirts, blue jeans, etc.). Combinations that I love are:

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**the above inspiration photos under “What to Wear” are not my own**

Keep in mind, these are looks that I personally love. Everyone has different taste and style. These are just examples of how you can mix and coordinate colors and patterns. You can always utilize  Pinterest for most ideas!

Trial Run

If you’re having your hair and makeup professionally done for your wedding day, this might be a great opportunity to schedule your trial run. This often adds to tip number 2 in helping you feel gorgeous during your engagement session. And it always benefits you to work with your hair and makeup people beforehand, and see how everything is going to look on the day of your wedding.

Although it is definitely not mandatory … you’re gorgeous au naturel!

Props

We welcome any props you may want to use, whether it’s your dog, a save-the-date board, balloons, sparklers, etc. Some of the cutest photos are the ones where they include personal and fun items.

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If you choose to bring a pet, balloons, champagne, sparklers, etc., make sure to check with your location about this. Some locations require a specific permit, an additional fee, or strictly forbid it.

When it comes to your furbabies, please bring an extra person. We won’t need your pet in every photo but want to have them accessible! An extra person will help with this as they can hold the leash while we have our fun!

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Timing

Be on time! This is very important! Engagement sessions are scheduled at a specific time for optimal lighting conditions. Give yourself plenty of time to arrive at your engagement session location. You never know whether traffic or parking will be an issue, or if you run into any other uncontrollable situation. Arriving on time benefits you and the photographer – you will receive beautiful and beautifully-lit photos and your photographer won’t feel rushed through the session. Optimizing your time with your photographer is a sure way to ensure memories and photos to last forever.

Plus, time is valuable. We don’t want to waste your time, so please be respectful of ours.

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Trust

Trust your photographer to be creative, make you feel comfortable, direct you when needed, and provide you with some amazing shots! If you worry too much about controlling the session, you won’t have fun and neither will your photographer.

However, there is nothing wrong with sharing a few photos that you love and inspire you prior to the session. In fact, I personally want to know what my couples love about my photos and what speaks to them. I will often ask them for their top five favorite images to get a feel for what sort of session they’re looking for. Do they like more candids or more traditional? Sunrise or sunset? More or less artistic?

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HAVE FUN!

Be yourselves, interact with each other, be playful, laugh, and have a good time! This is the perfect chance to have fun and more casual photos of the two of you. There are a plethora of ways you can use these photos: wedding website, social media, save-the-dates, to display around the house, albums, even a guest sign-in book or photo.

Tips for a Successful and Fun Engagement Session | Boca RatonNewly engaged? Let’s grab coffee or a glass of wine and chat about your big day, answer any questions or concerns you have, and talk about celebrating together! Contact me today!

Family Portraits in Boca Raton | Mizner Park

Family Portraits in Boca Raton

The Tarazis moved to Florida about one year ago. Amidst the move, having a baby, and all the craziness that ensues, they never got a chance to do family portraits in Boca Raton with their two daughters and newborn son. Which brings us to today’s session at Mizner Park!

What’s Mizner Park?

“Discover a luxury landmark at Mizner Park, located in beautiful Boca Raton. No trip to this picturesque place is complete without a visit to this retail property, which offers unparalleled retail stores set in a perfectly landscaped, park-like environment. Come for the shopping, stay for dinner and a movie at the onsite cinema.”

Bringing Home to Boca Raton

When I first spoke to Evelyn Tarazi, I didn’t know their story. We discussed the standard stuff through our emails and phone conversations: what should they wear? What props should be brought? What tips do I have as the photographer?

I like to keep the personal stuff and questions for the day of our session. This way it feels more personal and I’m a huge supporter of face-to-face conversation.

What I learned about the Tarazis during our session is that, although they’re originally from south Florida, they had just moved back from northern Virginia. Small world! My husband and I moved from northern Virginia about 2 years ago and getting to know this family was like having a bit of home brought to Florida.

Just like myself, the Tarazis miss the Virginia area and its four seasons. As you know, Florida gets to be a bit intolerably hot for a longer amount of time than most areas, especially Virginia. While they have fall, we are still experiencing summer. 🙄 Plus, the museums, culture, diversity, architecture … the things you take for granted while you’re there and then miss when it’s no longer easily available. Not that Florida doesn’t have those things, but it’s definitely different! And for me, I was born and raised in Virginia so I knew nothing else until I moved down here. Virginia is and always be home for me.

Throughout our session and some play time with the children, we enjoyed reminiscing about good old Virginia. And luckily for all of us, we all have plans to visit the area very soon!

Say Cheese!

This family session in Boca Raton was on the more traditional side, seeing as they hadn’t done newborn portraits of baby Jason or any recent ones of them as a family. And the grandparents are biting at the bit for some!

Family Portraits in Boca Raton | Mizner ParkJust a little father-son bonding time:Family Portraits in Boca Raton | Mizner ParkFamily Portraits in Boca Raton | Mizner ParkProud, big sisters.Family Portraits in Boca Raton | Mizner ParkWhat a gorgeous family! And the nicest!Family Portraits in Boca Raton | Mizner ParkFamily Portraits in Boca Raton | Mizner ParkI think daddy Jason can work the hat just as well as baby Jason:Family Portraits in Boca Raton | Mizner ParkFamily Portraits in Boca Raton | Mizner ParkFamily Portraits in Boca Raton | Mizner ParkFamily Portraits in Boca Raton | Mizner ParkFamily Portraits in Boca Raton | Mizner ParkMommy’s boy.Family Portraits in Boca Raton | Mizner ParkThat smile is everything! And I am so obsessed with his little bowtie!Family Portraits in Boca Raton | Mizner ParkI don’t think baby Jason knows what to make of this. Conflicting feelings?Family Portraits in Boca Raton | Mizner ParkFamily Portraits in Boca Raton | Mizner ParkAs with all of my sessions we also made sure to get some candid shots, which the ladies were a huge fan of. They were all about dancing on the fountains and playing some mini golf.Family Portraits in Boca Raton | Mizner ParkJason: 7 months old, teething, obsessed with pulling grass (to the point we had to place him on fake grass), and loves to eat anything he can put his hands and mouth on, including golf balls!

Future pro golfer?Family Portraits in Boca Raton | Mizner ParkWe just can’t get enough of this little face …Family Portraits in Boca Raton | Mizner ParkProud mom and dad of the most beautiful family.Family Portraits in Boca Raton | Mizner ParkFamily Portraits in Boca Raton | Mizner Park

Whether you’re looking for a traditional family session like this one, or more of a lifestyle (natural) approach, I’d love to be a part of it! You can contact me here.

 

Bosch Services

Bosch Services

Bosch Services host regional meetings every year at different locations. These meetings consist of guest speakers, a vendor fair, a reception, breakout sessions, and ending with a raffle drawing.

This year, two of their regional meetings were hosted in Fort Lauderdale‘s Bahia Mar in early June and in Las Vegas‘s Hard Rock Hotel in late June.

I was honored to be hired by CiEvents and Bosch Services to cover these two events.

Who is Bosch?

“In 1886, Robert Bosch founded the “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering” in Stuttgart. This was the birth of today‘s globally operating company.”

For Bosch, “sustainability means securing the company’s long-term success while at the same time protecting the natural resources on which present and future generations depend. Ecology is thus a driver of innovation. At the same time, we demonstrate a particularly high level of corporate social responsibility — both within the company and beyond.”

“Bosch develops innovative solutions that facilitate new mobility offerings. Whether for private or commercial vehicles, multimodal transportation services, fleet management, or smart transport infrastructure, Bosch brings together vehicle technology, the data cloud, and services to offer complete mobility solutions.”

“Bosch offers innovative products and services for industry and trades.”

You can read and learn more about Bosch Services here: https://www.bosch.com/

June 4th-5th: Bosch Services in Fort Lauderdale at Bahia Mar

Being a self-proclaimed foodie, you know I had to photograph the snacks provided to the attendees by Bahia Mar. How cute is this set up? It’s like the concession stands at a baseball game but it’s even better: it’s a serve-yourself-buffet!

Bosch Services | Fort Lauderdale | Corporate PhotographerThe meetings begin with guest speaker, Thomas Winter, the Vice President Sales Automotive Franchise Concepts and Workshop Services.Bosch Services | Fort Lauderdale | Corporate PhotographerBosch Services | Fort Lauderdale | Corporate PhotographerMr. Winter surrounded by the beautiful ladies of Bosch Services and CiEvents:Bosch Services | Fort Lauderdale | Corporate PhotographerBosch Services | Fort Lauderdale | Corporate PhotographerAfter a little break (filled with nachos and popcorn), the meeting continues … Bosch Services | Fort Lauderdale | Corporate PhotographerBosch Services | Fort Lauderdale | Corporate PhotographerFort Lauderdale welcomes Bill Haas.Bosch Services | Fort Lauderdale | Corporate PhotographerBosch Services | Fort Lauderdale | Corporate PhotographerBosch Services | Fort Lauderdale | Corporate PhotographerThe meeting ends for the day, giving the attendees time to check into their hotel rooms and clean up. Shortly after, the vendor fair and cocktail reception begins.Bosch Services | Fort Lauderdale | Corporate PhotographerIntroducing the vendors:Bosch Services | Fort Lauderdale | Corporate PhotographerBosch Services | Fort Lauderdale | Corporate PhotographerBosch Services | Fort Lauderdale | Corporate PhotographerBosch Services | Fort Lauderdale | Corporate PhotographerBosch Services | Fort Lauderdale | Corporate Photographer

Day 2 in Fort Lauderdale

Break out session time! Attendees are broken into groups and rotate classrooms to learn more about services and products that can better their companies.

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June 28th-29th: Bosch Services in Las Vegas at the Hard Rock Hotel

Bosch Services and CiEvents present the regional meeting in Las Vegas!!!

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The Vendor Fair: Bosch Services | Las Vegas | Corporate PhotographerBosch Services | Las Vegas | Corporate PhotographerBosch Services | Las Vegas | Corporate PhotographerBosch Services | Las Vegas | Corporate PhotographerBosch Services | Las Vegas | Corporate PhotographerBosch Services | Las Vegas | Corporate PhotographerBosch Services | Las Vegas | Corporate PhotographerThis time around, Marcel and Mark were accustomed to having me around. I didn’t even have to ask them to take this picture …Bosch Services | Las Vegas | Corporate Photographer

Bosch Services | Las Vegas | Corporate PhotographerBreakout Sessions:

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Society of the Four Arts Engagement Session in Palm Beach

Society of the Four Arts Engagement Session in Palm Beach

There is nothing more romantic or beautiful than a Society of the Four Arts Engagement Session in Palm Beach. And when your couple is as in love and in sync with each other like Andrea and David, you’re destined to have an amazing engagement session!

Going to the Chapel … But First …

Andrea and David have been together for what seems like an eternity. Well, only since 2012. But a lot happens in 6 years, such as school, jobs, relocations, and yes, an engagement!

After 6 years, these two are ready to go to the chapel (or St. Sebastian Catholic Church).

David currently resides in Jacksonville for work, while Andrea lives locally, not only working night shifts at a hospital, but also going to school. Talk about a chaotic schedule!

Despite their crazy schedules, the two are planning their 2019 wedding in Fort Lauderdale. Having been there and done that, planning a wedding when one or both parties are not around is no easy task.

You’d never know though. These two always seem to be on the same page and are conquering each vendor and task together. Stressed? If they are, I couldn’t tell you!

A Hidden Gem

Living in Florida has its perks. For instance, all the hidden gems you can find. Just when you think you can’t find any new locations to do a session, your clients suggest one and it’s like a whole new world has opened up!

The Society of the Four Arts is this hidden gem I am referring to. You already know that I’m a huge fan of lush greenery so need I say more?! This venue not only has that, but fountains, beautiful architecture, colorful flowers, gorgeous archways, and statues throughout the entire garden.

“The Four Arts Botanical Gardens are demonstration gardens designed in 1938 to help new arrivals to South Florida who were struggling with gardening in the state’s tropical climate. Seven demonstration gardens illustrate different styles of landscaping and information on drought and heat tolerant plants.”

Society of the Four Arts Engagement Session in Palm Beach

Moving onto our engagement session and the beauty that ensues…

Society of the Four Arts Engagement Session in Palm Beach | Wedding PhotographerSociety of the Four Arts Engagement Session in Palm Beach | Wedding PhotographerOkay, so I’m a little obsessed with the vines hanging down the lattices and the beautiful flowers framing the structure:Society of the Four Arts Engagement Session in Palm Beach | Wedding PhotographerSociety of the Four Arts Engagement Session in Palm Beach | Wedding PhotographerSociety of the Four Arts Engagement Session in Palm Beach | Wedding PhotographerSociety of the Four Arts Engagement Session in Palm Beach | Wedding PhotographerSociety of the Four Arts Engagement Session in Palm Beach | Wedding PhotographerWhen your bride finds inspiration in a Megan Markle and Prince Harry engagement photo, you do your best to recreate that for her: Society of the Four Arts Engagement Session in Palm Beach | Wedding Photographer

See inspiration photo by Alexi Lubomirski below:

Now back to my pictures and my awesome couple 😜Society of the Four Arts Engagement Session in Palm Beach | Wedding PhotographerRemember that lush greenery I mentioned? 😍Society of the Four Arts Engagement Session in Palm Beach | Wedding PhotographerThe lighting in this ring shot just made me swoon.Society of the Four Arts Engagement Session in Palm Beach | Wedding PhotographerAre they seriously not the cutest?!Society of the Four Arts Engagement Session in Palm Beach | Wedding PhotographerSociety of the Four Arts Engagement Session in Palm Beach | Wedding PhotographerI love it when my couples have fun with their session. In this case, Andrea just happens to be very ticklish …Society of the Four Arts Engagement Session in Palm Beach | Wedding PhotographerSociety of the Four Arts Engagement Session in Palm Beach | Wedding PhotographerSociety of the Four Arts Engagement Session in Palm Beach | Wedding PhotographerSociety of the Four Arts Engagement Session in Palm Beach | Wedding PhotographerSociety of the Four Arts Engagement Session in Palm Beach | Wedding PhotographerBecause ring shots are the best (and the flowers are amazing):Society of the Four Arts Engagement Session in Palm Beach | Wedding Photographer

Not enough pictures? Want to see more? Head on over to my website!

And stay tuned for Andrea and David’s June 2019 wedding!

Sugar Sand Park Family Session in Boca Raton

Sugar Sand Park Family Session

I first met Tamara in our FemCity group and she had expressed interest in doing a Sugar Sand Park Family Session. She not only wanted updated family photos, but even more importantly, she wanted it as a gift for her and her husband’s 10-year wedding anniversary. What a great way to celebrate!

Meet Tamara

Tamara is an amazing realtor whose “ability to be caring and focused allow me to help my buyer and sellers achieve their goals.

Other than my family, my customers are my primary concern. Those same people say I’m tenacious driven and focus. I’m not so sure about that but it may come from the wonderful upbringing my parents gave me.
As a very successful business women I decided to take my business life in a new direction and have become a realtor specializing in the Boca Raton, Coconut Creek and surrounding areas.
Your real estate investment, probably the largest investment in your life time should be taken with extreme seriousness, I will guide with the highest level of professionalism you can find.

I understand that buying or selling a home is more than just a transaction: it’s a life-changing experience. That’s why as a real estate professional I’m dedicated to providing exceptional, personalized service for all of my clients. I take great pride in the relationships I build and always work relentlessly on the client’s behalf to help them achieve their real estate goals.”

Location Location Location

It’s never easy to pinpoint a location for a special session. However, the first question I always ask is “what kind of backdrop do you see your family in?” Options include: beach, garden, forest, field, city, etc.

For this family, the Aristy family wanted a lot of greenery.

Then comes the next question: is there any place in particular that you love or means something to you?

Their love and often visit Sugar Sand Park in Boca Raton. And we couldn’t have picked a better day for their Sugar Sand Park family session!

Lights! Camera! Action!

Family sessions can be nerve-wracking and stressful.

“What to wear?”

“Is everyone ready?”

“Did we forget anything?”

And so on and so forth.

But I don’t think the Aristy family had any issues. Or if they did, I had no idea. They arrived early and in great spirits!

When I asked the girls if they were ready and excited to have their picture taken, they both grinned and said “YES!” I loved the enthusiasm!

And so our beautiful and fun Sugar Sand Park family session began …

Sugar Sand Park Family Session | Boca Raton PhotographerCould the lighting BE any more perfect?Sugar Sand Park Family Session | Boca Raton PhotographerThe proud parents of two adorable young ladies.Sugar Sand Park Family Session | Boca Raton PhotographerSugar Sand Park Family Session | Boca Raton PhotographerSugar Sand Park Family Session | Boca Raton PhotographerSugar Sand Park Family Session | Boca Raton PhotographerSugar Sand Park Family Session | Boca Raton PhotographerSugar Sand Park Family Session | Boca Raton PhotographerThe two models were so wonderful to work with! Not only were they photogenic, they were helpful as well. They helped me with posing and making sure their mom and dad were all smiles. Aren’t these two just beautiful?!Sugar Sand Park Family Session | Boca Raton PhotographerSugar Sand Park Family Session | Boca Raton PhotographerOf course, we also had to have a little husband-and-wife mini session. I love how sweet and goofy they are together:Sugar Sand Park Family Session | Boca Raton PhotographerSugar Sand Park Family Session | Boca Raton PhotographerSugar Sand Park Family Session | Boca Raton Photographer10 years have never looked so good!Sugar Sand Park Family Session | Boca Raton PhotographerSugar Sand Park Family Session | Boca Raton PhotographerSo a little back story behind these next two pictures. Dad is their baseball coach so the two young ladies spent some time practicing their pitching. Look at their impressive forms!Sugar Sand Park Family Session | Boca Raton PhotographerSugar Sand Park Family Session | Boca Raton PhotographerBecause who doesn’t love a fun jumping shot?!Sugar Sand Park Family Session | Boca Raton PhotographerSugar Sand Park Family Session | Boca Raton PhotographerWhat dads are best for: climbing on and jumping with!Sugar Sand Park Family Session | Boca Raton PhotographerSugar Sand Park Family Session | Boca Raton PhotographerSuch sweet and tender moments between the ladies:Sugar Sand Park Family Session | Boca Raton PhotographerA good compromise for the family: have fun and smile lots for the camera. In exchange, they were all to be treated to a tasty dinner.

Now for the million dollar question: who wants Shake Shack?!Sugar Sand Park Family Session | Boca Raton PhotographerBy the smile on the kids’ faces, I believe they do!


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