shutter saturday: rachel & megan

i'm starting a new series specifically for my photography work: shutter saturday. each saturday, i will share one of my favorite shoots or some of my favorite shots from the week. i'm stoked to kick off the series with a creative shoot i did today with my best friend rachel & her friend megan in downtown salt lake city. we went for a more urban/high fashion look & i was LIVING. when i edited them, i wanted them to have a more grunge look, so i added a bit of grain into some of them & i love how these images came out. 

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5 tips to have happy engagement photos

welcome to monday! today is the unofficial first day of my newest series: 5 tips. each week, i will share 5 tips for something fun! today's 5 tips post is 5 tips to have happy engagement photos!

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wedding season is upon us. the blossoms have budded & bloomed, the weather is warming up, the days are getting longer & that means that soon, your fridge will be filled with wedding announcements & your weekends will be spent reception hopping (well, if you're in utah, that is). but for some of you, it's finally your turn to get all dressed up, go to a special location with the one you love & take pictures to put on that announcement on aunt fannie's fridge. YOU'RE ENGAGED & THAT'S THE BEST THING EVER!! 

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today, i want to share 5 of my best tips for having happy engagement photos! (don't be that couple that looks uncomfy or unhappy!!)

1. it's okay to kiss & love on your fiance
i know that it's a little awkward to kiss in front of your photographer, but trust me when i say that we're professional third wheels & kissing just doesn't even phase us. we want to show people that you're in love & the only way we can do that is if YOU act like you're in love. (which should be easy because you ARE in love!!)

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2. fill in the gap
i always tell my couples at the beginning of my sessions that i want them to always be close to each other-- unless i tell them differently. again, i'm a professional third wheel & PDA doesn't phase me, so get hip to hip & fill in the gap between you & your love. 

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3. be yourselves + be silly
i ask my couples to do tickle wars, dance, i tell my grooms to pick up their bride & spin her around. it's OKAY to have fun. it's OKAY to do things that make you laugh. because laughing & happiness is super good when it comes to marriage & love.

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4. laugh & laugh a lot
imma say it again for the people in the back. IT IS OKAY TO LAUGH BECAUSE LAUGHING & HAPPINESS IS SUPER GOOD WHEN IT COMES TO MARRIAGE & LOVE. 

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5. enjoy the session
even if the weather turns crappy or something goes wrong (because something always goes wrong, amiright?) just enjoy your session. enjoy taking your engagement photos with the love of your life because this never happens again. this is a time to cherish. don't stress but just enjoy it. 

what tips would you add for having a happy engagement photos?

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if you liked this post, be sure to check out 5 MUST-HAVE WEDDING PHOTOS AT THE SALT LAKE TEMPLE

if you're interested in hiring sadie banks photography as your wedding photographer this summer, email hello@sadie-banks.com for more information! i'd love to work with you, so be sure to email sooner than later so we can work together!