Hannah + Jay Engaged // Portland Art Museum Engagement Session

Hannah + Jay Engaged // Portland Art Museum Engagement Session

Hannah and Jay are getting married this week, and even though I’m woefully behind on blogging, I was determined to get their engagement session posted before their wedding! Hannah and I have known each other for nearly half our lives, after we studied abroad together. I was so excited to meet Jay and shoot their engagement session over the summer while I was down in Portland. Hannah and Jay had one of their first dates at the Portland Art Museum, so it was only fitting that they also have their engagement session there. And, before their session, they told me they had some special outfits they wanted to wear for the engagement session. And well, they’re the best special outfits I’ve ever photographed. Check them out at the end!

Hannah and Jay, I can’t wait to photograph your wedding later this week!!

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2019 Fall Mini Sessions — Spokane Portrait Photography // Mini Sessions

2019 Fall Mini Sessions — Spokane Portrait Photography // Mini Sessions

Family photos in the fall with leaves // Emily Wenzel Photography

It’s that time of year again! August is here, and summer is slipping away. For many of us, we’re preparing for a new school year, and soaking up the hot days before the first crisp leaves fall and we wake up to the smell of fall in the air. Before you know it, we’ll be eating apples, carving pumpkins, and wearing sweaters. Wait — too soon? Still at the lake? Oops!

I’m sorry to say, it’s coming up soon, and to usher in fall, I’m announcing my fall mini session dates. This year, we’ll be tossing leaves all over Spokane and Coeur d’Alene on three different days. I’ll have a few blankets and maybe a pillow or two, but the focus is on you, and your loved ones.

Couple cuddles in front of fall colors in Spokane WA // Emily Wenzel Photography

Session Details:

There are three available days, in both September and October. Both mornings and afternoons are available, although not on every day. All sessions will take place in the Spokane/Post Falls/Couer d’Alene area, the exact location will be emailed to you about a week before the sessions. If the weather forecast is really bad (pouring rain, high winds, any red flag warnings, etc), you will be emailed with the options to reschedule. All sessions are 25 minutes long, and you’ll receive 15-20 final images in an online gallery with a link to download them. Prints, canvases, and cards are available, but are not included in the session price. More details can be found here on the booking page.

Spokane Mini Sessions by Emily Wenzel Photography

Your edited images will be delivered about 10 days after your session, but no later than 2 weeks. Prints and canvases are available through your gallery; digital files are included with your session. Mini sessions are great for: just you, your whole family, only the kids, you and your love, or a group of friends. They cannot be used for newborns or weddings. Reserve your time slot here! Spots will go fast, and are scheduled on a first come first serve basis. Space is limited! The session fee is non-refundable and required to hold your spot – if you need to cancel, you can apply your deposit towards a session at a later time. Once you book a slot, I will send you an invoice for the session. You have 24 hours to pay the invoice, or your time slot will be released. Got a bigger group or want more time? Book your sessions back to back and get a few extra minutes in the middle as well! You’ll get double the time and double the photos. :)

You can reach out to me by email if you have any questions. I can’t wait to see and photograph all of you!

Siblings together candid photos tickling on a bench // Emily Wenzel

If you’re not sure what to wear, I wrote a post on that! Plus, some highlights from past mini sessions and the link to reserve your slot for 2019.

Katie + Seth Engaged // Downtown Spokane Engagement Session with Kids

Katie + Seth Engaged // Downtown Spokane Engagement Session with Kids

Good morning! Last summer, Katie and Seth booked me for their beautiful Palouse wedding. Besides being two of the sweetest, most giving people I’ve had the chance to meet, they’re also parents to a crew of kiddos who were champs at both their engagment/family session and the wedding. I really believe that family is family, no matter what the connection is. And because of that, I love doing these engagement sessions that are also family sessions. They aren’t going to be a romantic walk in the park the whole time, but they are a special glimpse at your family right before you get married.

For Katie and Seth, we decided to meet downtown and get some photos together in the park and then we finished it off with a bit of time for just the two of them as the sunset. Their littlest one decided to be my assistant, and made sure they both looked at the camera when I asked them too. ;)

Next up, I’ll blog their sweet wedding!!

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2018 Fall Mini Sessions // Spokane Family Photographer

2018 Fall Mini Sessions // Spokane Family Photographer

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It’s that time of year again – fall mini session time! The dates went out to my mailing list last week, and now they’re open for everyone. The September date filled up quickly, there are only a couple spots left in the morning.

Sessions will be similar to last year: $165, 20 minutes long with an online viewing gallery of 15-20 edited images for downloading.

You can book your spot right here. Once you’ve booked your session, I’ll get in touch to arrange payment. Got questions?

I can’t wait to see you!

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What to Wear for Family Photos — Tips for Clients // Spokane Mini Session Photography

What to Wear for Family Photos — Tips for Clients // Spokane Mini Session Photography

Last week, I talked about my fall mini sessions. I know a few people from my mailing list said they want to do photos, but are so overwhelmed with what to wear. I completely understand! We had our family photos done in July, and I was so overwhelmed by what to wear – and I’m the expert. I realized, I could talk about outfits for hours, but I wanted to give you a quick and basic breakdown. My goal is to make this easier – not harder – for you. At the end of the post, I’ll share one of our family photos!!

1. DO NOT leave your outfits until the last minute. You’ll want plenty of time to shop (in stores or in your closet) and make sure that you’re not doing laundry at 11pm the night before your 8am session (like I did), because the outfit you want your husband to wear is dirty (because you didn’t tell him not to wear it that week). Give yourself plenty of time to plan, so it doesn’t stress you out. Because stress isn’t what you want to be wearing to your photo session.

What to wear for Photos // Emily Wenzel Photography

2. Start with your own outfit. I’ll be honest, I find it the hardest to dress myself. It’s easy for me to pick out clothes for my husband and babe, but when I look at my own closet, I turn into a blubbering idiot, crying in the corner. So, start with your own outfit, and build everything else around that. For us, I knew I wanted photos of me wearing my babe, so I started out by laying out the the ring sling I was considering, and picked a dress that went with it. My ring sling is a mix of greens, whites, and blues, so I went with a coral and white striped dress for me. Normally, I’d encourage you to add some accessories, but I’m not a big jewelry person (and little miss is at the pulling stage) so I kept it simple this time. Remember: You want to feel comfortable in what you’re wearing. The dress I chose for our session is one I’ve worn dozens of times. I’ve worn it to shoot weddings, and to climb mountains in Greece. I love it, I know I look amazing in it, and that made me feel good being in front of the camera.

Spokane Engagement Photographer // Emily Wenzel Photography

3. Mix, match, and layer. Long gone are the days of everyone in blue jeans and white tees. While some photographers like you stick to neutrals, I prefer when my clients use pattern and color! Stick with a color palette – for us, that was blue, green, and coral – but mixed it up the colors and each of us wore more than one color. In the image up top, you’ll see that Alyssa & family wore maroon, grey, and white for their family photos last fall. She even rocked a little touch of sequin gold – which I loved – and they were all in rich colors with lots of texture. Right above this, you’ll see that Misha is wearing a red sweater, and Tony’s plaid shirt has a similar hue of red running through it at their winter engagement session.

Spokane Lifestyle Family Photographer // Emily Wenzel Photography

4. Pay attention to when and where you’re doing family photos. If you’re doing family photos outside in the winter, you’re going to want bright, bold colors. They’re going to pop when everything else is kind of bleak. Spring makes me think of soft pastels, summer has rich and vibrant colors, and fall is all about those jewel tones. For us, we did our photos down by the river, and I knew the blues would look great with that, and that they would be more casual. Want to wear something glam? Talk to your photographer about a downtown location, not a field or a forest. For a newborn or at home lifestyle session? Wear more neutrals and let your surroundings – or kids – shine.

Spokane Fall Mini Sessions // Emily Wenzel Photography

5. Wear something you love. I know I mentioned this above, but it needs to be repeated. Wear something you feel good in. Not just you, but everyone in the session. Because it’s hard to be nervous in your favorite shirt. If you don’t ever wear dresses or skirts, don’t pick your photo session to be the day you decide to wear them. You’ll feel awkward – not glamorous.

Lastly, if you’re not sure — just ask me! I love to help my couples and families find outfits that make them feel amazing. I want you to love your photos 100%, and that starts with loving how you look in the photos.

Family Photos by April EglyFamily photos by April Egly Photography.