Chelsea and Todd fully embraced their Charleston engagement session. I send every couple a portrait questionnaire to help me craft an engagement session perfectly for them. After reading through theirs, they faced the same problem a lot of couples do in Charleston – too many beautiful locations to choose from and trying to fit it all into a 1-hour portrait session. Fortunately, they new they wanted the classic and colorful look of downtown and a bit of mossy trees because not much else is more Southern than a majestic large oak. And they couldn’t leave out their lovable dogs who donned seersucker bow ties – a fabric that will also carry over into the wedding next spring.
For other couples considering a portrait session, take note of the diversity in Chelsea and Todd’s outfit selections. They had a Charleston casual style with her dress, which Todd’s outfit complimented with slacks and nice loafers. And then for Hampton Park, they opted for a slightly more relaxed look. Often times I recommend layering to easily create numerous looks in photos, but it’s too hot for that in May. So, an outfit change is a great way to go and one can easily dress up or down with accessories. Fashion aside, what elevates portraits to a higher level are affection and an openness to try different poses and activities. And these two had no trouble with any of those. The love they share is evident in the photos and they were game for serious and playful poses, sitting in a bed of ivy, and Todd even got a workout in with lifts, dips, and piggy back rides. This is exactly how couples help create great photos and I can’t wait to get them in front of the camera again next April on their wedding day. Congrats Chelsea and Todd!