Dubuque Engagement Photography

Congratulations on your engagement.  If you haven’t reached out to a professional photographer, nows the time.  Your photographer will want to get to know you and what better way then with an engagement sessions.

There are many things to consider when planning your session.  The location you choose should reflect your personality & style.  It’s completely alright to choose somewhere different than the style of your wedding.  A few places to consider;


Think about your favorite places.  Do you love dreamy walks in the park or urban areas with lots of texture?  

  • Favorite Park
  • Favorite Watering Hole
  • Favorite activity; sports, hobbies, hiking or skiing
  • Favorite vacation destination; Galena, Wine Tasting, special AirBNB
  • The location you got engaged
  • Favorite vacation destination; Galena, Skiing, Kayaking, Wine Tasting, hiking
  • The location you got engaged
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Time of Day you schedule your session will determine the images that can be created.  Choose a time that fits you; if you aren’t a morning person, don’t choose sunrise.  Work with your photographer to choose the time of day based on the style of images you’d like.  Often weather plays a role if you want the warmth of the sun but often a cloudy day offers better light. 

  • Sunrise signifies newness.
  • Mid-day when the sun is highest is the happiest, also warmer
  • Sunset implies romance
  • After Dark suggest mystery

Our main goal is to find your connection with the camera and each other. It might be difficult but try to ignore the camera and be in the moment.  Your photographer will guide you through posing and expressions and even prompt you to blush/laugh to get natural images.

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Choose colors that compliment your skin tone: For example, if you have light skin, white clothing can wash out your complexion in photographs. If you have jet black hair, a navy shirt or jacket might not look the best.

Choose comfortable clothes: If you’re not comfortable, it will be noticeable in your photographs. Wear comfortable shoes if your location will include a lot of walking, but choose wisely as they will probably be in your images

Avoid busy patterns or prints.   These are extremely distracting and take away from the focus of the image; your faces.

Consider the colors of your location.  If your session is in the spring, bold primary or secondary colors work well.  If you are planning a fall shoot then stick to strong primary colors or neutrals.

Accessorize with scarfs, shoes/boots, hats, jackets & shoes

Consider bringing a variation.  Stick with one color theme and incorporate a jacket, accessory, or different shoes for a new look.

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What to Avoid

Cloths that don’t flatter your body type.  Don’t wear anything too tight or too loose.  We want to show off your best features.  Avoid baggy cloths as they usually don’t flatter any body type.  Sleeveless shirts can make your arms look unusually large.

Too much or new makeup.  We aren’t runway models with high definition lights on us.  Too much or uneven foundation is unnatural and will require additional editing.  Now is not the time to try a new color eyeshadow or lipstick.  Use what you know looks good on you.

Trendy clothing.  Not only does it date your photos, you will look back later and wonder what you were thinking.  Think classic.

A new hairstyle is often frustrating enough.  Do you really like it?  Why take a chance for a professional photo shoot?  If you are looking for something different, your hair stylist can recommend something that isn’t drastically different than what you usually wear.  This is doubly important for hair color!

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Make sure your jewelry is clean.  A great time to take your engagement ring to your jeweler for a cleaning and check the prongs.

Make sure your nail polish isn’t chipping.  What a good excuse to have a manicure.

Iron or steam your outfits.  In our current world of digital high-definition images, every wrinkle shows.

Wear what is comfortable and shows your personality. If you like all black, then wear all black or something ultra trendy; but tell your photographer!  We want to create amazing images of you and need to be prepared.

If you are questions, contact your photographer for suggestions.  Work together to style your session.

If you wear glasses, make sure they are smudge free. Yes, it will show in your images.  If you wear transitions lenses and are shooting outside, consider bring a spare pair without lenses or ones that don’t go dark.



While you don’t want to match your partner, you’ll want to make sure your colors complement one another. Opt for pastels, neutrals, and cool shades. Photographers recommend avoiding busy prints, which can create distractions in your photos.