stef elizabeth photo
Kentucky wedding + family photographer
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
NEW! Download my couple's/engagement session PDF guide here!
Q: What is the point of getting our engagement photos done?
A: Many couples have engagement photos done just because they're "supposed to." It's a thing you do before your wedding. But there are other reasons to have a professional photographer take photos of you and your future spouse. iPhone couple selfies are quick and free, but totally different than having a professional photographer capture the relationship that you and your love have before you are married. Having a virtual stranger take photos of you and someone you're planning to spend the rest of your life with may seem strange, but it does provide an interesting perspective.
Q: I'm so uncomfortable in front of the camera. Is this whole engagement session thing going to be super awkward?
A: Hopefully not! I would say 99% of my clients consider themselves "un-photogenic" and not at their best with a lens pointed at them. I can totally empathize with this as I am completely out of my element in front of the camera rather than behind it. For this reason, I make engagement sessions more of a game by asking both of you questions about each other, and then shooting your reactions. I am shooting you reacting to each other through prompts rather than placing you in awkward poses and asking you to give me your best smile. I have found that this approach is far more successful in eliciting genuine expressions and interactions that will show through in the photos.
Q: What in included with the engagement session?
A: If you are booking a wedding with me, the engagement session is included! If not, the standalone session's $400 fee covers:
1 - 1.5 hours of session time
up to two locations
one outfit change
a minimum of 50 unique images delivered via online gallery
access to prints and other products via my online shop
PDF prep guide for couples (see above link)
You can see examples of what kind of engagement photos you would get on this page!
Q: Do you charge a travel fee?
A: I'll travel anywhere for a session, although most of my engagement sessions take place in Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana and sometimes Tennessee. For engagement sessions outside a thirty mile radius of Louisville, Kentucky, I charge according to distance. Contact me for more information on how much the travel fee would be to your engagement session location.
Q: Where should we have our session? Can you recommend places?
A: For places in and around Louisville, I can usually come up with a lot of free places to shoot. I'm open to any sort of engagement session you have in mind - whether it's in/around your home, at a botanical garden, a farm, at an amusement park, nature preserve, or popular downtown spot.
Here are some of my favorite spots for Kentucky and Indiana engagement sessions:
Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve - check out my Pinterest board here
Bernheim Forest ($150 fee)
Falls of the Ohio / Ashland Park, Indiana - check out my Pinterest board here
Yew Dell Botanical Gardens ($75 fee) - check out my Pinterest board for this location here!
Downtown Louisville / Frankfort Avenue / Central Park / Highlands / Waterfront Park / the Belvedere - check out my Louisville engagement session Pinterest board here!
Keeneland Racecourse in Versailles, Kentucky - check out my Pinterest board here
Whitehall Gardens ($100 fee)
Please remember that if you choose a places that is not free to shoot at, you are responsible for paying my entry fee as well as any necessary commercial photography permit.
Q: How far in advance do we schedule our engagement session?
A: That is totally up to you. I do engagements all year round and can schedule them months in advance if you need a weekend day. Spring, summer and fall engagements are my favorite, although I have done a few Christmas/winter engagement sessions and they can be quite magical!
**Prices are subject to change at any time, although I will honor the price at the time you make your booking.