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Engagement Photos

Spencer Special Events - Tuesday, March 21, 2017

We can't help but have a huge smile on our face when we look at these engagement photos! Kathryn and Mark are just the cutest couple and so in love! We are so excited for their fabulous Spring wedding at Montage Palmetto Bluff. Jennings King of Jennings King Photography brilliantly captured their sophistication as well as endearing and playful personality through these photos. The pictures were taken in Charleston, South Carolina. Engagement sessions can be such treasured time together and create little memories for a lifetime. Jennings kindly shared her insight on engagement sessions!

SSE: Based on Kathryn and Mark's personality, what did you try to capture? Jennings: Many times it is the first time meeting the couples. So I try to "interview" the couple as well to get to know them better. I had never met Kathryn and Mark, so much of the beginning of the day was understanding what they wanted to get from the session. I usually want to know a couple's agenda first before I start to work on my own. An engaged couple is usually full of happiness and love, and  that is what I wanted to capture between these two. They wanted to make sure I captured the atmosphere in addition to themselves. A lot of times the atmosphere and setting tell a story too.  SSE: What do you enjoy about engagement sessions? Jennings: I love people and especially getting to know people. With my background in sales, it is important to me that they feel comfortable with me and trust me. The conversation just flows during the session. This is the "trial" run prior to the wedding day. There are certain things I may also copy or reproduce on the wedding day, and this is just a chance to practice that. 
SSE: What would your advice be for couples on the fence about engagement photos? Jennings: If you are an out of town bride, I highly recommend it. Getting to know your photographer on a more personal level just makes your day that much smoother and natural. I also really suggest doing them if the Groom is more timid at getting his picture taken. It will just ease his mind for the wedding day. It really isn't all that bad. All the Grooms after the session say, "That wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be!".  SSE: What would you recommend couples to wear during the session? Jennings: Complimentary colors to one another. Comfort is key! A bright pop of color is always nice especially in the spring or summer months.  SSE: How far out would you recommend couples to schedule an engagement session?  Jennings: It depends on if they will use a photo for their save the date cards. If so, then the earlier the better. In most cases the window is 6-11 months prior to the wedding. 
SSE: If a couple does not have a location in mind, what would you recommend?  Jennings: Location is key, if the couple doesn't have any significant location themselves, then outdoors is ideal in shaded areas not the high heat. I usually try to shoot towards the end of the day 2 hours prior to sunset, the golden light is so pleasing. Indoors with large windows and lighting is also a great option. With Kathryn and Mark - we shot in The Darling Oyster Bar, in downtown Charleston, because the couple wanted a restaurant scene that was cool with lots of natural light. They both love food & wine - so it was a perfect setting for them.  SSE: Any other advise for couples about to get their engagement photos?  Jennings: Have fun with it, it's a time to learn about your photographer. The more you enjoy it, the better your wedding day will be!

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