Props, Pops & Poses: Amanda C.’s Engagement Session Inspiration!
No matter what the topic is, it’s always great to get advice from the ones who came before you —
the ones who’ve been there, done that and came through with flying colors! Believe it or not, the
same goes for engagement photos! That’s why we’re putting the spotlight on spunky and sweet
Amanda C., one of George Street’s Wedding Consultants, for this week’s segment of Props, Pops
Not only is Amanda happily married to her best friend, soulmate and road-trip buddy (so cute!),
but she’s also excited to share the tips and tricks that helped her plan her own e-session! Best of
all, she put together this adorable collection of inspirational photos that showcase what she’d plan
if she could do it all over again!
1. Dreamy and romantic, or vibrant and colorful? Spill the details on what “look and feel”
you envision for your ideal engagement session!
Vibrant and colorful! When my now-husband and I were preparing for our engagement photos,
we planned for a winter session in Chicago. We wanted a more rugged, urban-contemporary feel
to the photography, so we could capture the spirit of our favorite city! In fact, we used city signs
and graffiti in our photos to announce our wedding date! We’re a goofy pair and love to have fun
no matter where we are, so our e-session was filled with lots of silly laughter and energy! Who
doesn’t love running around Chicago in early February with their best friend?
2. Location, location, location!! If you could pick any spot to shoot your e-session, where
would it be?!
Our e-session was featured a few staple Chicago locations — Millennium Park, Adler
Planetarium, Loop El Stops and so on. If I could go back and change it in anyway, I’d scope out
some cool architecture and windows for pretty settings! Since we planned ahead for a few photos
in the park, we still achieved a good mix of natural outdoor and urban shots. In my dream
session, I’d love for us to venture off in a hot air balloon overlooking the city! (Do they even do
that? Somebody really ought to get on that!)
3. A little bit of color can go a long way! What stunning shades best characterize your
With the crystalline snow and the dark, edgy cityscape, we incorporated pops of maroon and
caramel in our photos for a little warmth! We also coordinated our clothes to complement one
another and our features. We didn’t want anything too busy — no prints or patterns — because
we knew the graffiti and street signage would be bright and loud on their own! We definitely
weren’t trying to compete with that!
The best part is that those colors carried over into our Labor Day wedding — navy, vermillion red
and warm caramel with beige accents gave a nod to the patriotic holiday and fall colors!
4. Sweet signs, a picnic for two…there’s no doubt props can add an extra dose of pizzazz
to any engagement session! What props — if any — would you include in your session?
I love props — they add so much personality to your session! We included a few paper airplanes
and pinwheels in our own engagement photos, which we also incorporated into our wedding
decor. Also, I used my hat (very practical for Chicago winter!) to take some cute shots in the
reflection of The Bean in Millennium Park. The props in our e-session definitely helped prep our
guests for a fun, lighthearted and whimsical wedding day!
5. Engagement photos are all about capturing that newly engaged glow! During your
dream e-session, would you plan to strike a pose or simply live in the moment?
When my husband and I shot our e-session, we decided to take a few posed photos — but
honestly, we spent most of our time walking around the city and looking dreamily into each
other’s eyes! One of my favorite pictures (and moments) took place in front of a yellow graffiti
wall. A car had honked at us while driving by, and the photo shows me laughing, while my then-
fiancé turned his face to look at the car.
It’s a moment that was totally unexpected and unplanned, and also represents who we are as
individuals and why we work so well together. It’s important to understand that posing doesn’t
have to feel or look forced — and of course, every couple looks best when they’re relaxed and
losing themselves in each other’s eyes!