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I'm so excited for our session together! I'm sure it can feel scary having your photos taken but I'm here to do my best to help you feel prepared.


Take a look below at how to get ready for your session. I can't wait to work with you!

Please do not hesitate to reach out with any additional questions or concerns.



Smoke Bombs


There's no doubt we're going to get great photos together but there are things you can bring to make your session even more amazing and unique to you as a couple.


Clothing is by far the most important piece! Your outfits can change the entire look your session depending on what you're looking for. If you want a moodier looking session aim for dark clothes, if you're looking for a light beach session then neutrals and whites. Keep reading for more tips on clothes!

Props can be a great way to show your personality, anything from lightsabers to a bouquet of flowers. Bring props can give your shoot more of an editorial look. I also have extended experience with Smoke Bombs and they can be a really amazing addition to your shoot (location permitting). If you are interested in shots including them please reach out to me for more information.

Themes or stylizations are always a fun option! Which can range from the clothes you wear to the props you bring. Sometimes a theme can just be a simple picnic, hiking or maybe your favorite sports team. If you're looking for ideas head over to Pinterest and send me your favorite inspiration!

If you do decide to go with a specific theme please contact me and let me know before-hand so I can make sure if have the right equipment to capture your vision.



Hair & Makeup



Most importantly be yourself. If you're looking for suggestions I always recommend dresses. They allow the opportunity for movement in shots and they look great on everyone. Don't be afraid to really dress up either. This is the time to look your best and get fancy if you want check out Melis in this session! As for color stick to muted colors such as soft pinks, sophisticated light neutrals like heather gray, creams, leather brown, white, and black. Stay away from bright colors and patterns as they will be come the focus of any photo.

For some inspiration check out some of my previous clients in this beach session, moody fall session, woodsy waterfall. Clothes make all the difference so if you have any questions or need some advice feel free to shoot me an email!

I also recommend getting your hair and makeup done because - why not! It will help you look and FEEL your best which translates through your photos. It is also a great time to test out a possible wedding look and artist. Also get your nails done (or at least make sure you don't have dirty fingers) so we can show off that beautiful ring. Speaking of, take a moment to give your ring a good cleaning so it will really shine!

Heels are always slimming but wear what will make you feel more like you! Skip heels with a point on the heel if your session is in a park as they will just sink into the ground. I recommend to bring some comfortable shoes or sandals for walking to and from a location if you choose heels.





Most importantly be yourself too! If you're looking for suggestions, a nice button up, dress pants and nice shoes are a staple. If you want to keep your shoot more casual a nice pair of dark jeans or khakis also works. Please keep the shorts, sandals and sneakers at home!


Layering is your friend! Whether it's a sport coat or nice jacket it's great to have a little flexibility when it comes to your look. If you're up for it don't be afraid to really dress up either! This is the time to look your best and get fancy if you want! This can also be an excuse to go out and get a nice suit or tux.


For color stick to neutrals and earth tones. Think muted blues, browns, tan, white, black or grey. Stay away from bright neon colors as they will be come the focus of any photo.



Color Coordination

Back-up Bag

Multiple Outfits

This should be collaborative! Talk to each other and make sure your outfits coordinate. If you choose to go more light and casual make sure you both match that look. Similarly if she wants to wear a ball gown make sure you both are wearing one or have a tux to match.

When it comes to colors stay away from clashing tones. Don't try to both wear pink and then they don't exactly match.

Prepare for the weather! Bring a jacket if it's going to be cold or dress appropriately for the heat. Feel free to pack a bag with water, touch up makeup, or a change of clothes if you end up too warm.

Optional: Bring an additional outfit! This can make it seem like you've had more than one session but note that this will increase shooting time to allow for changing. 

In keeping with Erin Murphy Design’s mission, please note that these suggestions are not gender specific and will work for any and all couples no matter how those individuals identify! At the end of the day, choose what’s the most comfortable and what makes you, you.

I can't wait for our session together and please do not hesitate to contact me if you're looking for ideas, have any questions or just want to chat!

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