We were looking at the forecast a few days before this session and my heart kept sinking each time I saw thunderstorms with a 60% chance of rain on and off all day. We had our session scheduled for 6:30pm, two hours before sun set and the forecast at that time was all over the place. It went from a high percent of rain to one where it would still be okay to have a session. We talked throughout the day and decided to go for it and man, I am so excited we did! While it down-poured driving through Boston, it stopped when I arrived at the Harvard Arboretum. With over cast skies, and zero rain the whole time we were together, we kept saying how happy we were not to cancel. I just love this location and I am so excited to share their photos with you!
Colleen and Keith have a really fun story to share about how they met! If this isn’t fate, I don’t know what is! ” We have a great story about how we met. I was studying abroad in Amsterdam and decided to visit some other friends who were studying abroad in Ireland during St. Patty’s Day weekend. When we were out one night I actually met Keith in a pub! After that weekend I flew back to Amsterdam and heard from my sister a few weeks later… she was asking if I met a guy named Keith while I was in Ireland? I said I did and it just so happens that Keith was a substitute teacher for my sister at the same place where I went to high school! So I eventually come back home and it turns out that Keith was living 10 minutes away from the house I grew up in. It also turns out that he graduated from the same college as me 2 years before (Stonehill College), we had the same major, same academic adviser and we just never crossed paths! Two and a half years later we’re engaged! :)” How amazing is their story?! I really do believe that things happen for a reason!
Colleen and Keith, I loved getting to hang out with you guys! I am so excited for your wedding day and I am also so excited to share this blog and your final images with you! Thank you so much for braving the rain and meeting with me! It was a perfect night and still can not believe we had zero rain! Enjoy this little sneak peek of your engagement photos! These are just a few of my favorites! xo.
AHHH This is the year my big goal of getting featured is here!! I can not even believe it! This is just so amazing to see my photos featured on a wedding blog! This feature is of my sister and her fiance’ Kevin who will be getting married this October in Philadelphia! I traveled to visit them in Washington,DC this past October and we spent the whole weekend taking their engagement photos! BIG Thank you to Kevin for being a trooper getting his photo taken about 16000 times! It was so nice to visit with them and I had so much fun taking their engagement photos!
This downtown engagement session was nothing but PERFECTION! I loved getting to meet Gina and Kevin and I can not wait to see them again for their big day! This location in Boston is a perfect place for having that amazing view of the city and the sun setting was just perfect as we walked around this sea port area! They were featured on Wedding Boston and I couldn’t be more thrilled!
I’ve been blogging for a long time… Ever since I started my business in 2012. Many of my blogs are based around my work- sharing with you the sessions I had with my amazing clients. I’ve broadened my posts from sessions to personal posts and now, some wedding wisdom! Wether you are an Ali B Bride….. or a bride looking for some guidance, I am here for you, girl!
If you book your wedding with me, I will provide you with an amazing guide that covers this topic! I am glad to get some info out to you on the blog so you can start planning now, because I know we can’t wait to pick out the clothes! 🙂
So, without further ado, here are a few tips and tricks to help prepare you for your engagement session!!
1. Many of my couples have two outfits for their engagement session. One outfit is normally on the dressier side and one outfit is more relaxed and casual. The more outfits you have, the fewer portraits you’ll receive but you will have more variety in your portraits.
2. Coordinating doesn’t mean “matching”. Wearing the same color in a different shade is actually more ideal than trying to find the EXACT color purple! For example, I would avoid both wearing navy tops and khaki bottoms because it could potentially come across as being very uniform-esque!
3. If one of you is wearing something with a lot of color and pattern, sometimes it’s best to have the other person wear a neutral to tone it down a bit.
4. This is just an idea! Take it or leave it! Some couples plan their attire to coordinate with their wedding day so that their Save The Dates match the wedding theme and decor!
5. Don’t over think it! Some of my favorite outfits have been when the guy is just wearing a simple colored v-neck! ( have you seen that SNL skit on the V-neck?? I laugh every time… but seriously! They look amazing in photos!)
6. Make sure you are equal when it comes to how formal your attire is. If the bride is wearing a little black dress…. the groom probably shouldn’t be in shorts and flip flops. 🙂
7. Don’t be afraid to be yourself and wear something that is unique to you! It’s great to wear a dress with a cardigan…. that’s probably what I would wear! however if you have a unique style, be sure to show it off! Some of my favorite engagement shoots have incorporated my couple’s unique style!
8. If you’re wearing plaid or other patterns, the bigger the better!! it is true that larger plaid photographs better than tiny little-checkered patterns. It would be better to have a solid dress shirt than a shirt with teeny tiny patterns. The camera can’t pick those tiny patterns up from far away and that can sometimes result in CHROMATIC ABERRATION.
9. Accessorize! Scarves, necklaces, belts…. I love them all! They can add so much to an outfit AND it gives you something to hold onto if you don’t have long hair!
10. Last but not least, this is a tip that I highly recommend paying attention to: Wear attire that is flattering to your figure and your skin tone. It seems like common sense but I’m guilty of this all of the time. We all know that everyone has certain things that look GREAT on them and certain things that aren’t really made for them. For example… I’m pale…. I’ve accepted it… I know that’s never going to change… and because of that, I also know that wearing a strapless, pale yellow sundress for a portrait session is NOT IDEAL! I also know that I personally never LOVE the way I look in pictures in sleeveless shirts. Why? I don’t know! I’m fine with my arms…. but I just don’t like that look! So if I were to have a portrait session with PJ… I wouldn’t wear a sleeveless shirt. It’s a compliment to say “Oh, well Alex will make it look amazing”…. but the truth is, if you don’t like the way you look in stripes on a normal, day-to-day basis, you’re not going to love the way you look in your images that I take. If you’re self conscious about your legs, don’t wear a mini-skirt. If you’re self-conscious about your arms, it’s probably not smart to wear a tube top…. not that those are even “in” anyway (thank goodness). Bottom line, make sure you wear something that you’re comfortable in. Sure, I’m going to teach you how to pose in super flattering ways, but you’ll love your images so much more if you wear an outfit that you’re comfortable and CONFIDENT in!! Confidence photographs well!! 😉
BONUS TIP!!! :
If you want extra ROMANTIC images, consider wearing something long and FLOWY! I absolutely love photographing fabric that flows in the wind! Also, light & neutral colors allow images to appear more light and airy no matter what the weather is like! Get ready because I will make you play with that flow!
This information is actually coming straight from my Bridal Guide! I love giving our brides resources to help them feel prepared and ready for their experience with us!!
Having sessions in the dead of winter can be scary for many photographers and it raises a few red flags like: a.) It could be FREEZING! b.) The weather could not want to work with us that day and it could be extremely windy. c.) not having a lot of color to pop the image and bring your eye in! So, knowing that Jocelyn and Angel were having a spring wedding in May of 2018, we knew they wanted to have a winter engagement session in hopes that there would be snow on the ground. Well, I knew their winter engagement session was going to be so beautiful but what I wasn’t sure of was if I could make that promise that there would be snow on the ground…
Three days before their session we had our 4th Nor-Easter in New England which caused quite a bit of snow! I checked in with Jocelyn and we exchanged our snowy excitement through email a few times as we prepared for their engagement session! It was really going to be her wish come true, with snow on the ground for their engagement session! The location they picked was absolutely beautiful- The Governor Oliver Ames Estate in Easton, MA. We had so many different areas we were able to walk around and explore, the sun was out on the way but was hidden behind a cloud up until the very end, leaving us with a beautiful glow!
Jocelyn and Angel, Thank you so much for braving the cold with me! With snow on the ground, light wind and an amazing setting I hope these photos are everything you wanted and MORE! I am so excited to see you both all dressed up on your wedding day in just about 2 months! Your winter engagement session was simply perfect and it was really hard for me to choose just a few favorites to share!
Hello, and welcome to the Ali B Blog! I’m Alex and I am a wedding photographer based in Bedford, NH. I hope you grab your favorite drink ( in my case, coffee) and enjoy viewing my latest work, browsing resources for brides and photographers, as well as getting a little peek into my life.