Morgan + Dave's Coastal, Spring Inspired Engagement Session in Marin //

Hair & makeup: Katie Nash // Bouquet: Michelle Lywood // Film scans by Photovision //

You may recognize Morgan, she's the owner and creative mind behind Spreading Lovely. Our paths crossed over a year ago, and so far has led us to two styled shoots (#1 and #2), a wedding, and a friendship! And now I have the honor of being her wedding photographer, as it's her turn to be on the other side of the wedding process. I adore Morgan so much, and I'm thankful for her and to call her a friend. Her and Dave are perfect together, and I can't wait to photograph them again in Yosemite for their wedding! August 2017 can't come soon enough :)

From Morgan: Dave and I met about six and a half years ago while I was in college in Seattle, and he was in 2nd Ranger Battalion based in Fort Lewis, WA (just over an hour south of Seattle). My sorority had a pen pal program and I joined in, wanting to thank someone for their service + send them a care package to make their day a little brighter. Somehow, someway I was matched with David. We wrote each other constantly and finally met after he had finished his first deployment. I was hesitant to date someone in the army because I couldn’t comprehend how I would get through deployments and the danger of his job. But we did it. Fast forward 5 and half years later…


Morgan shares a few engagement photo tips:

1. Do an engagement session.  If you can, I highly recommend building an engagement session into your budget, and as long as you’re booking a photographer whose work resonates with you, you’ll love the photos and want to plaster them on every wall. Your engagement time is a small window to capture your relationship before you make a huge commitment to one another. 

2. Wear something comfortable that makes you happy! I did some shopping for outfits that put a smile on my face and that I felt comfortable in. I looked at other couple’s engagement sessions before selecting our outfits to figure out what kinds of patterns I liked in photos, and color variation I thought worked well.

3. Run your outfits by your photographer. Your photographer wants the photos to turn out just as beautiful as you do, and it can’t hurt to make sure the outfits you’re selecting will photograph well. You also don’t want your pants to be exactly the same shade of blue jean, or you’ll look like blobs in your photos!

4. Pick a location with some variation.  I loved that we could do two different outfits in two different spots in Marin Headlands that were right next to each other. It helped to have some more variety in the photos, so they weren’t all with the same backdrop.  It also helped that Dave and I had been to these spots before, so we weren’t wandering around looking and wasting precious sunset time!

5. Professional hair and makeup is worth a splurge. Not worrying about my skin made me so much more comfortable getting close up photos taken. 

6. Have FUN with each other! If you and your partner are enjoying each other and having fun playing together at the shoot, that will come through in the photos! I was nervous I would be awkward in front of the camera, so we brought a bottle of champagne with us. :)

Check out their engagement session featured on Green Wedding Shoes!