PSJ Photography by pj saffran

TIMELESS . ROMANTIC . AIRY

PSJ Photography by PJ Saffran.  Specializing in Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer in Central Florida.  Weddings and Anniversaries in DeLand, FL.  Take a peek around and stay awhile.  

PSJ ENgagement Stlye Guide

WHAT EVERY BRIDE NEEDS TO KNOW.  

The engagement session is one of my  favorite parts of our time together because it gives you both a chance to be in front of my camera before you get married, which is going to make your wedding day experience feel so smooth, seamless and comfortable. Not only that, but we get to create something so special together. You’re going to be married for over fifty years, but you only get to be engaged for this short period of time. I'm so excited to capture the only time in your life when you get to be each other’s fiances. I created this guide for you, and packed it with all my best secrets for getting the best out of your engagement experience, so let’s dive right in!

 

 
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choosing time and location 

I'm a natural light specialist because I believe that natural light, from the sun and its reflections, creates photographs that feel fresh, timeless and true to you as a couple. I begin all engagement sessions two hours before the scheduled sunset during “the golden hour,” when the light is the dreamiest. Use a sunset calculator online to determine the scheduled sunset for the date and location you’d like to do your session. Then, just subtract two hours to figure out your start time. Remember, the sun sets much earlier during the colder months of the year and much later during the warmer months, so make sure to factor that in when choosing your engagement session date, especially if you’re taking time off work or have evening plans afterward. 

 

To get the most out of your session, please plan a buffer when getting ready so you can arrive a few minutes early. I'm only able to shoot when natural light is still in the sky, so we’ll want to take advantage of every minute we have together before the sun goes down. If you’re wearing two outfits, save your favorite one for the second half, and if you’re wearing only one, arrive in that. 

THE LOCATION OF YOUR ENGAGEMENT SESSION IS UP TO YOU! The first thing to decide is what you’d like to feature in your session. Like you see throughout this guide, most of my couples want to showcase the natural beauty of Florida. I especially love shooting at the beach because it’s so unique and the light is divine or finding spots around Downtown DeLand or Winter Park to explore.  There are also other great options around the state, and we’re always up for exploring a new spot together. 

Your engagement session includes my travel time anywhere within 40 miles of DeLand, FL. If you’d like to go somewhere outside this area, I'm up for the adventure! The travel fee for places outside of these varies but begins at $200.  

 

 

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THE LOCATION OF YOUR ENGAGEMENT SESSION IS UP TO YOU! The first thing to decide is what you’d like to feature in your session. Like you see throughout this guide, most of my couples want to showcase the natural beauty of Florida. I especially love shooting at the beach because it’s so unique and the light is divine or finding spots around Downtown DeLand or Winter Park to explore.  There are also other great options around the state, and we’re always up for exploring a new spot together. 

Your engagement session includes my travel time anywhere within 40 miles of DeLand, FL. If you’d like to go somewhere outside this area, I'm up for the adventure! The travel fee for places outside of these varies but begins at $200.  

 

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I love traveling and are actually on the road quite a bit. I've done engagement sessions from coast to coast, everywhere in between so if we’re already going to be in or near an area you’ve always dreamed of doing your photos, and I can coordinate our schedules, let’s set it up. I'd love to make it work! 

 

If you’d like me to meet you in a destination outside of Florida for your engagement session where we don’t already have plans to visit, just let me know and we can get you a custom travel quote.

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styling tips 

WANT YOUR ENGAGEMENT IMAGES TO LOOK MORE EDITORIAL? Bring a little extra something with you! A freshly-picked bouquet for you to hold, or fresh flowers to put on something else, like a bicycle basket, tree swing, picnic basket, car bumper or rowboat, is a fun way bring a little extra romance to everyday objects. Whether it’s larger items like classic cars, or smaller ones like blankets or hats, even incorporating just one extra styled item could be a fun way to make your session more unique. 

Say Yes To the Dress 

LONG, FLOWY DRESSES AND SKIRTS LOOK AMAZING ON CAMERA BECAUSE

they bring extra movement to the photos. Especially when juxtaposed with nature, like the desert, forest, plains or beach. Cute, shorter-length dresses photograph beautifully as well. Dresses and skirts tend to look most stunning on camera because they really flatter the female body — which is probably why the red carpet is always full of so many dresses and not very many pantsuits!  We recommend avoiding pants and shorts for your session, and saying yes to a dress or two!

Tips for Her- dress it up! 

HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT rocking a sequined gown, tulle skirt or flower crown but just never had an occasion for it? This is your chance to do it up! Remember: There is no such thing as “too dressed up” when it comes to your engagement session, so don’t be afraid to have some fun! If you don’t want to add a new permanent piece to your collection, a lot of our brides love Rent the Runway for their engagement photos because you don’t have to spend a lot to feel like a million bucks. Plus, you can send the outfits back when the session is over.  Other brides just love having a great excuse to bring a new permanent piece (or two!) into their closet!   Because there is no such things as too dressed up.

MOST OF OUR BRIDES WHO CHOOSE TWO outfits will bring one “wow” dress, and then another shorter sun dress or cocktail dress for a more casual “us on a date” feel. But if you want to bring two “wow” dresses and forgo the more casual dress altogether, give yourself permission to do it! The camera loves runway-esque apparel and so do we!

 

Remember, though, you don’t have to bring two looks if it’s too stressful or you’d rather just stick to one fabulous look. Just one outfit that you love will be so much better than one outfit you love paired with another you’re not very excited about. So, one or two? It’s really up to you!

 

choosing colors 

WHEN CHOOSING COLORS FOR YOUR OUTFITS we recommend selecting lighter tones and more muted shades. By avoiding ultra-bright, bold colors, it will help bring all the attention to your faces and let the eye focus on the way you feel about each other. The camera loves shades of soft pink and muted blues, mixed with sophisticated light neutrals like heather gray, creams, leather brown and white. That softer color palette fits beautifully into almost all natural outdoor environments, and especially complements the desert.

 

coordinating the looks

AS YOU’RE COORDINATING your outfit with your fiance’s, keep in mind that your outfits will look the most cohesive on camera when the color palettes coordinate, but don’t necessarily “match.” You should each aim to wear a different dominant color, but stay within a similar color palette family. So if you’re wearing a blush dress, soft blue earrings and nude heels (blush being your dominant color), then he could wear a navy coat with gray pants, paired with brown leather shoes and maybe even a blush pocket square. Now he has his own dominant color (navy) while still incorporating a few touches of your color palette. Most of our brides choose their dress first, and then put together their fiance’s outfit based on that. That’s why we have a section for each of you. 

flattering your features 

IN OUR EXPERIENCE, EVERY WOMAN, REGARDLESS OF HER shape has an area of her body that she’s self-conscious about, so recognizing what area that is in advance is key. Choosing flattering silhouettes and colors that complement your natural features is the best way to ensure you’ll love the way you look in your photos.

 

THREE-QUARTER LENGTHSLEEVES create an awesome slimming effect on all arms, so be on the lookout for an option with a longer length sleeve. You could also bring a cute jacket, blazer or cardigan along, too. Skinny straps or strapless dresses have the opposite effect on arms on camera, so we recommend avoiding those whenever possible if your goal is a set of slimmer-looking arms.

 

HEELS ELONGATE WOMEN’S LEGS making them look fabulous. Closed-toes heels in particular look great on camera because they carry out the line of your leg all the way down to your toe. If your toes are showing in a peep-toe heel, you might want to schedule a pedicure before your session so you don’t regret letting your feet show. These little tricks make all the difference! 

 

Make a statement 

PAIRING AN ACCESSORY OR TWO WITH YOUR OUTFIT CAN REALLYhelp bring some extra dimension to your images. Big statement necklaces bring a lot of pop to the photos, while the smaller, delicate ones are not as noticeable on camera. Belts, bracelets and earrings bring great visual interest, so choose one or two that don’t compete for attention. Fresh florals in a crown or bouquet can be a really romantic touch as well.

Go Pro - Hair & Make-up

PROFESSIONAL HAIR & MAKEUP IS ON TOP OF MOST OF our brides’ checklists because it looks amazing and removes the stress of getting ready on your own. From lash extensions to blown-out hair, professional hair and makeup will give you an extra boost of confidence in front of the camera, and it always photographs like a dream. If you’re working with a makeup artist, have her apply your makeup in natural light, if possible, so that it looks fresh and not too heavy. Plus, that’s the type of light we’ll be shooting in, so it’ll give you the best expectation of how it will translate on camera. Most of our brides feel like their makeup is “too much” at first, since it’s more than you would wear on a normal day, especially when it comes to false lashes, so if you feel that way at the beginning, don’t worry! Good makeup artists know how to get it just right for the camera — and our brides always love the final result.

 

If you need a recommendation for hair and makeup, we work with the best in the business and have a great go-to team! They’re sweet as pie, talented as heck, unbelievable professionals and wonderful people. You’ll LOVE them! Just let us know and we’ll send you their information. We know they’ll take good care of you! 

for him

FROM JAMES BOND TO DON DRAPER,  MEN look most striking in a well-tailored suit. If he doesn’t have one, now’s the perfect time to invest in something he’ll wear for the rest of his life! The best part? It’s a lot less expensive than you might think! While custom suits can cost thousands of dollars, some of the most well-known brands have off-the-rack suits in their stores for a fraction of the price. Solid shades of gray or navy are a strong complement to most women’s outfits, whereas pinstripes or plaid patterns tend to distract the eye.

 

 

 

 

 

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