Amy & Jake's French Quarter Engagement Session

I often get asked if I get tired of shooting in the French Quarter, and the answer is always a definite "never!"  I rarely use the same spots multiple times, and if I do, I don't use them in the same way.  Add to that the fact that there always seems to be something going on, and you have a place with a huge amount of variety.  The Oyster Festival was going on the night I went around with Amy and Jake and we got to use the crowds to add some atmosphere to the pictures. In yet another of example of "small world" encounters I've had - These two found me through a bridal show I did earlier in the year.  As it turns out that I actually used to work with Jake's dad.  Little connections are always fun.  :)

What to wear for your engagement session

Congratulations, you're engaged! Now you get to go out and take some beautiful pictures to commemorate the occasion. When we talk about engagement sessions the one question that comes up about 95% of the time is "What should we wear?"  Well, it all depends.  My whole philosophy is that I want to capture who YOU are as a couple, so I don't want to pose every joint in your bodies and I certainly don't want to rifle through your closets to dress you.  If you want the short answer - Take what you'd normally wear, and find a nice version of that.

Simple enough, right?  For most people that's not very helpful at all...  I'd give a few basic directions but even those are open to a lot of different interpretations.   So, Jenny and I took the liberty of taking my basic recommendations about what to wear and made a few example photos for you.  I'm warning you ahead of time, we're not fashion experts, we're not going to tell you what's right and wrong, and we're rather serious about not being serious.  You asked, so here are some examples of what to wear and what to avoid.

My basic directions:

Bring two outfits - one casual and one dressy.  Wear your favorite one first; we might not get to both.

Dressy Outfits:

There's good dressy and bad "dressy."

Casual Outfits:

There's "We're relaxed" casual and then there's "I just pulled this from the bottom of my gym bag" casual.


Colors are good!  Unless you're part of a theater's stage crew, I don't encourage wearing all black.

Coordinate, don't match:

Would you wear the exact same color or outfit as your fiance any other time?  And no, Halloween doesn't count.


If the pattern could be confused with a Magic Eye poster, please don't wear it.  Most patterns are ok but my rule of thumb is to leave tie-dye at music festivals, Hawaiian shirts on cruise ships, and animal prints on animals.   This picture exemplifies a big "don't" for patterns, but notice the color coordination with my pants and her shirt, her pants and my shirt, and the flower in her hair with the flowers on my shirt.  It takes conscious effort to make bad look this good.

Closing thoughts:

Pick something you like, try not to fret over it, and have some fun.  We'll take great pictures regardless of what you're wearing.  I actually encourage you to be creative and different with your session.  If you want to dress like hipsters and take pictures with cats, I'm more than happy to oblige.


Steve & Jenny

Tessa & Ellis - Audubon Park Engagement Session

Tessa and I used to work together, and it's always great when I get contacted by people from my past life in the corporate world.  The calls are unexpected and usually come with fun news about engagements or parties.  I get to catch up with old friends and part of me is always flattered that they thought of me after all this time. I was in Ohio for another shoot when I got Tessa's message saying that she and Ellis got engaged.  Knowing that Ellis is an avid golfer, it came as no surprise that they were having their wedding at a golf resort.  The fun surprise was that it was in Alabama so I get a change of scenery :)  I'm certainly looking forward to catching up again next year, and capturing some great moments at the wedding!


Lori & Fu's Engagement Session - Columbus Ohio

I made the trip up from New Orleans to photograph Lori and Fu's engagement session.  We met up at Northbank Park and were thankful that the meteorologists were wrong about the weather once again.  It ended up being a gorgeous (if a tad hot) evening for a shoot.  One of my favorite statements during our trip along the river - "I didn't think it would be this fun."  (or something like that).  I'd love to take all the credit for the laughs, but they definitely brought the fun with them.  Below are a few of my favorites from the session.  I'll save the sillier pictures for their personal gallery :) Oh, and it's always awesome when people tell me it's cool to wear my Chuck Taylors to their wedding.  I look forward to this one next year!


Annie and Brian - New Orleans Engagement Photography

The phrase "it's a small world" seems applicable in this situation.  One day my wife got a call from her boss asking if she had ever met a girl named Annie that he was interviewing.  She's a graphic designer/blogger and she happened to be from Ohio, not far from where we grew up.  Not only that, she actually worked at the same company as my wife before we moved down to New Orleans.  Although they'd never met, once she got hired on they became quick friends as the two Ohio people in the office. Annie eventually found her match in the form of a native west-banker named Brian and that, as they say, was that.  I was thrilled to go scouting and shooting in the Bywater just to get something different than the regular French Quarter stuff.  We played until the sun dropped and then wandered into a bar for a post shoot beverage.  It ended up turning into a chance encounter with the uber friendly Charmaine Neville who is a local in that area.  As I said in the beginning - small world.