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! 

wednesday letter. going full-time + Little Loves

so as most of you know, parker & i moved to salt lake. we are so, so, so grateful to be here & for this opportunity to live with my sweet grandmother. we care about her & her privacy so our adventures with her & experiences with her will not be shared on my blog or social media. 

parker works for boostability & is loving it. it's been a great job change & the company treats their employees so well. we are so grateful. he's been working really hard & comes home happy every day so i am so glad that he has found a job that he loves. we're really lucky.

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i currently work for bell photographers as a school photographer. we're at different locations every day, so it keeps things interesting, but it's a blast & i love the people that i work with. it's really busy & a little stressful at times, but it's a great job.

i've also been working on sadie banks photography like a mad woman. i haven't told many people this, but my goal for 2018 is to go full-time. i'm medium terrified, but mostly i am really excited for this & have seriously been working SO hard to be able to fill my schedule with sessions. i can't wait to be able to pursue my passion full-time! i'm trying to work with more bloggers & brands, so if you know any brands, companies &/or bloggers who are looking for a photographer, let me know!!! OR if you know anyone getting married in 2018 who needs a photographer, LET ME KNOW!! i can't wait for my 2018 brides, brands, bloggers & seniors! photography is my favorite thing because i get to work with the most incredible people, hear their stories & capture their memories. it really is the best thing in the world. 

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mackie is loving the salt lake life. he gets to go on walks a lot more & there are so many things for him to sniff. he loves being able to play in a backyard. 

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the last little announcement from our tiny family is that we are opening a clothing shop! we will be selling baby + kids clothes and could not be more excited! (2018 is going to be AWESOME for working from home!!!!) we are so excited about Little Loves because of how it can help families in similar situations as ours. Little Loves is so near & dear to my heart because i feel like it takes the sadness out of my mind when it comes to our infertility story. i truly hope that we can help families with Little Loves & can't wait for the shop to open on October 2!! it feels like Little Loves & photography is all i talk about these days, but that's because those things have become a very large portion of my life in recent weeks & i am so, so proud of them.

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i say this a lot, but i really mean it. we are so, so, so grateful for the love, support & kindness that we receive from our friends & family. it means more than you know. so thank you from the bottom of our hearts for supporting us in our dreams! we love you all so much!