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! 

natural desert romance | showit united styled shoot

showit united was incredible, exhausting, inspiring, overwhelming, full of laughs, and even made me cry. i can't fully describe united because it was seriously so amazing. not even in a fluff sort of way. but in the kind of way where i've got pages and pages and pages of notes about how to better not only my business, but myself. 

i've got a few blog posts in the works for what i learned at showit, so stay tuned for those. but for now, let me just show you the incredible styled shoot i had the opportunity to participate in. vendors are tagged at the bottom of the post. but before i get there, i have to give a huge thank you to ashley largesse, our lead photographer who taught me so much in an hour and a half and then took extra time to walk me through shooting details because i asked her to help me. if you're on the east coast in need of a wedding photographer, definitely take a look at ashley's work. she is incredible and so much fun to be around!

VENDORS:
SPONSOR: SHOWIT UNITED | FLORAL DESIGN: WILD ONE EVENTS | FARM TABLE + BENCHES: SCOTTSDALE FARM TABLES | GOWN: EVERTHINE BRIDAL BOUTIQUE | TUX: CELEBRITY TUX AND TAILS | MAKE UP: ADDI DANIELLE MAKE UP | STATIONARY: PAIGE POPPE | CALLIGRAPHY: LINDS LOVES INK | VIDEOGRAPHY: KARLIE COLLEEN PHOTOGRAPHY | MODEL BRIDE: ASIA ADAMS | MODEL GROOM: TYLER FAORO

st. george wedding | the bell tower | salt lake wedding photographer

daniel & laci's wedding day was absolutely beautiful. every detail was absolutely perfect. i was so excited to be a part of their wedding day. i loved watching as they made a lifelong commitment to one another. daniel's excitement was so great that he said i do before it was time! haha. they have the sweetest love & i wish them the absolute best! 

daniel + laci | mountain bridals | pine valley utah | salt lake wedding photographer

daniel & laci's bridals were absolutely gorgeous. we went to a small reservoir in southern utah. it was the perfect location. the reservoir was the most beautiful backdrop for bridals. daniel & laci came ready to go & as soon as we all got to the location, we started taking photos. i had a bit of trouble getting there so we were running low on light, but we had just enough time to get their bridals finished. it was perfect. but enough chit chat. here are some of their gorgeous photos!