Valentine’s Shoot: Lessons Learned

A few weeks back, Caroline and Dan from Tinywater Photography just so happened to be down here in SoCal. We turned a lunch date into a photo shoot, and I decided to drag Bryan along for a little pre-Valentine’s gift. The experience was soooo much fun! It was really weird being on the other side of the computer screen…actually posing for photographers rather than looking at their work. During the process, I learned a few things about what I would definitely make sure to do again, so I thought I’d share my lessons with you:

1: Hire a make-up artist. The morning of our shoot, I scooted on over to Jamie Michele’s studio (who I HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend!). She was super fun to be around and I left feeling spectacular (and with back up make-up to keep things maintained!). I can’t tell you what an amazing difference it makes, even with how you feel. Being photographed can feel awkward and uncomfortable, so looking your best helps you to feel a bit more at ease. Also, if you’re planning on having your make-up done for your wedding (an absolute MUST in my opinion) then you can use your engagement session as an opportunity to do a trial run.

2. Pick photographers that you click with! I cannot say enough how much I LOVED working with Caroline and Dan. They were spectacular. They made Bryan and I feel comfortable, gave us direction, made us laugh, came up with great ideas to keep us looking natural and were generally FABULOUS to be around. Making sure you click with your photographer is HUGE!!! I don’t think I realized how HUGE though until I was in front of the camera feeling all awkward and silly. I absolutely LOVE Caroline and Dan, not only for their work, but also because they were just that great.

I’ve got one more lesson and plenty more pictures that I’m going to share with my next post, which will be up in a few hours. For now, here are a few goodies:



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24 responses to “Valentine’s Shoot: Lessons Learned

  1. Grey

    Awww. Thank you! Caroline and Dan are UNREAL good!

  2. Great pics! Your hair is so beautiful!!

  3. You guys are adorable!! Can’t wait to see the rest. And I couldn’t agree more about your first two points. So fun that you got to work with Tinywater! Love their work.

  4. Grey

    Thank you!!! You are so sweet!

  5. These are fantastic!!

  6. oh! These are so amazing!! You are too gorgeous and I want your hair! 🙂 I think my hubby and I will be heading to the beach tmrw. Your pics are inspiring!

  7. Grey

    Awww. So cute! Well, I’m sure you will come up with something super brilliant and creative!

  8. aaaah, more hair envy! so pretty!

  9. WOW these are amazing! And I completely agree with clicking with your photographer, I made a huge mistake on that for our wedding pics and i wish i had interviewed more, good advice and great pics!

  10. UM SO cute!! You guys are adorable!!!

  11. lovely 🙂 these are gorgeous! can’t wait to see your next post!

  12. Victoria Lane

    Summer–you look gorgeous, and it does take a wonderful photographer (or two) to get wonderful, unself-conscious photos from most folks who aren’t actors! Thanks for sharing.

  13. Rachel B.

    Oh my goodness, Summer, y’all are beautiful people! I am loving this sah-weet photo sess. It goes from innocent love to total hotness. Great range!

  14. LAURA

    ummm… sapping it up again, damn you!!

  15. LAURA

    p.s. i’m coming over to put curlers in my hair! right now, wakey wakey eggs and bakey!!

  16. LOVE LOVE LOVE. Sum, you look gorgeous and Bryan looks so cute! I love the colors in the photos including what you are wearing.

  17. I love these! Need to ask you about the bouquet, are they fabric flowers? Lovely!

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  19. You two look simply wonderful together. It was nice to see you last month. Thank you for the post you did for us, and I don’t know if I ever truly got the chance to express how greatful Jacob and I were for blessing us with wedding photos. You are one talented lady!

  20. You two make such a gorgeous couple. The pictures are amazing, what a wonderful Valentine’s day gift!!! Love it…

  21. What a gorgeous set of images – so natural and you two are so cute together!

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