Couples Session Guidebook
Couples Sessions are my favorite, favorite, favorite way to document the love you share with your partner. There is no stress or pressure from outside opinions. There is no timeline or rush. It's just you and your love sharing the connection that makes your love story unique. I promise it's way more fun than just standing there and smiling at the camera. It's more like a really fun date with your favorite third wheel tagging along to document all those sweet in between moments.
My process is a little different and a little more in depth than just deciding on a time and location. This guidebook will help walk you through my process and give you a better understanding of what you can expect from me so that your session is the absolute best experience!
LET'S DO THIS!!!!
If you’ve gotten this far, you’ve probably already seen this face. But just in case, my name is Kara! I’m a Nashville, TN based photographer, but I love adventuring and travel makes me so happy. I am a Type 9 on the enneagram and an INFP. Donuts and croissants are my love language. I am mama to the sweetest twins and married to my college sweetheart.
I would describe my photography style as very laid back and natural. The little in between moments make for the best photos, and I’m not about capturing awkward prom poses and forced smiles. I want the real stuff - the stuff that’ll make you laugh till your cheeks hurt and will make your heart beat faster. I want to photograph the things that make you who you are, and the things that make your love unique. Because there’s only so many angles and poses and pretty locations, and they’ve all been done before - but what makes each photo special is the memories attached to it, and my goal is to make those unique to you!
STEP 1: Dreaming & Planning
Once you've had the chance to chat with me, get to know my brand a little better, and you've decided I'm the photographer you want to document your love story, the dreaming and planning begins! This is more than just deciding on a time and location. What do you love to do together? What is something you have always wanted to do together? Maybe you both love hiking and astrology so we spend the day hiking Max Patch, enjoy a picnic dinner, and end the night stargazing. Maybe you've always wanted to have a Notebook themed date so we head to the lake, pretend to be birds, and rent a boat. The possibilities are endless for how we can spend out time together. This step is probably my favorite because I get to know y'all better and dream up the perfect day that truly represents who you are and the love you share.
STEP 2: I want to get to know YOU!
Throughout the first step I will be making every effort to get to know y'all better so that I can document your love story in an honest way. And I won't stop there! Before your session I will send over a little questionnaire that helps me think about possible prompts or poses that would be more meaningful to y'all. AND on the day of your session, I love to meet y'all 30 minutes - an hour before I even pull out my camera just to hangout, chat, and get to know you better. Maybe we meet for coffee before we head out on an early morning hick, maybe we meet for drinks before your sunset session, or maybe we just hangout at your location and share your favorite snack. All of these things help me to serve you better and create a tailored experience that captures all the little things that make your love story unique. The goal: to photographer people, not poses.
STEP 3: Have the BEST session!
And lastly, you get to have the most incredible experience! During your session the only thing you need to think about is how much you love each other. You don't need to worry about if your hair is falling in your face or if your dress is laying wonky. You don't need to think about if your hands are in the right place or if you are making an awkward face. You don't need to worry about what was going on before the session or what is happening afterwards. Let it all go! In that moment the only thing you need to worry about is the connection you share with the person you love. I've got the rest! The love you share is completely unique to y'all and I want to celebrate that with you and showcase your love in its rawest form.
"This was our first time getting professional pictures taken and we were nervous up front but as soon as we stepped out at our location and met Kara; our nerves calmed and we became even more excited to capture our memories. Kara made us feel so comfortable in front of the camera. We felt so natural. She made us feel as if it were only Devin and I standing there, showing our love for each other. I felt like Kara captured Devin and I's personality and love for one another perfectly. Our pictures show our love and who we are together. She was incredibly friendly and kind and made us feel like we walked away with a friend."
“You will not be disappointed! After searching forever to find a photographer I luckily stumbled across Kara’s instagram and instantly fell in love with her work. I told her what we liked to do for fun and she incorporated that into the shoot by giving us a ton of adventurous location options. We also had a tight timeframe and she helped us make it work! My fiance and I drove from Charlotte NC to spend the morning taking engagement photos at Cloudland Canyon State Park. This was our first time taking professional photos and she made us feel so comfortable! By the end of the shoot we felt like we walked away with a new friend. It was hands down one of the best mornings we’ve hat to date! Highly recommend!”
"Right from the start, I could tell that we were going to have a positive experience- but we were blown away! We had not done any professional photos prior to this, so we had no idea what to expect. Kara was exceptional and very professional throughout the entire process, while bringing a warm personality and smile! She answered all of our questions before, during, and after in a timely manner. During the shoot she made us feel so comfortable, that our relationship was really able to shine through in the photos. We honestly had so much fun! When it came to the final product, she delivered everything right on time and we are in love with every single photo. It's great when my only complaint is that I can't decide which photo I like the best! I would 100% recommend her to everyone I know who wants someone to capture a moment of their life on camera!"
The Secret Sauce
FOR GETTING THOSE AMAZING COUPLES PICTURES
I’m sure by now if you know one thing about me, you know that nature is my jam. I love beautiful scenery - mountains, oceans, waterfalls, trees, it’s all photogenic and wonderful. So of course, my recommendation is always to choose a beautiful outdoor location. BUT I don’t want you to think you can’t get good photos if your backdrop isn’t so scenic. The most important thing is that you feel comfortable. So if the outdoors isn’t for you or if you don’t want to drive too far, or it’s cold outside, choose somewhere that’s special to the two of you - maybe it’s your home, or the diner where you had your first date. Whatever location you choose, just make sure it reflects your personalities.
This is possibly the most important part - choosing what to wear. It’s important because the colors, patterns, and textures of your clothes should compliment your location. That might sound overwhelming, but I have a full style guide that I will send you that goes over all of this. But I will give you one tip here - dress like yourself. Wear what makes you feel good, and what you feel comfortable and confident in. And of course, if you need outfit tips, just ask me! I’ll be able to tell you which specific colors will look good in the location you chose, and if you send me photos of your outfit options I’ll give you my honest opinions.
The time of day that we take your photos is so important - because while I could take photos in harsh sunlight and they would look good, you would inevitable have a lot of shadows on your faces and the photos wouldn’t be amazing. The best times of day are sunrise and sunset - I recommend starting either half an hour before sunrise, or an hour before sunset for the best lighting. That way, there won’t be any shadows, and we’ll get that gorgeous glow that makes everything look soft and pretty. If you’re a morning person, I like sunrise because there tend to be less crowds, especially if you choose a popular location. But I can’t blame you if you’re not into waking up before the sun does.
04. HAVE FUN!
I know I said outfits were the most important part, but I take it back. This one is just as important. I know wedding planning gets hectic, and you might be worried about how you look or how your engagement photos will turn out. But leave that to me - I’ll do the heavy lifting to make sure you look your best and I’ll make sure you have a good time. So just relax, enjoy the moment, think about how you’ll be married soon, and have fun! Photos are best when you’re genuinely enjoying yourself - and a lot of my job is to help you do that and make you feel comfortable in front of the camera. So come to me with a positive attitude and come exactly as you are, and leave the rest to me.
F A Q
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HOW MANY IMAGES ARE INCLUDED?
I have no photo limit for any of my sessions or wedding collections! All of my collections vary with image amount, but there is a good amount included with each! I want to give you more than enough images to remember your special day!
HOW WILL I RECEIVE MY IMAGES?
Engagement sessions will be delivered in an online gallery. Weddings will be delivered through the same online gallery & on a custom USB. Through the online gallery you will have access to a professional print lab where you can easily order prints of your favorite images.
HOW DO TRAVEL FEES WORK?
I don't have any - What you see is what you get! There are no additional fees that you need to worry about!
WHAT IS YOUR REFUND POLICY IF WE WERE TO HAVE TO CANCEL?
Upon signature, I reserve the time and date agreed upon, and will not make other reservations for that time and date. This means turning down other income, to reserve for your event. For this reason, the deposit is non-refundable.
WHAT IS YOUR TURNAROUND TIME?
I try my best to get your images back to you as soon as possible! Most of the time, for couples/adventure sessions, its about 2 weeks. For weddings or elopements, it is 4-6 weeks. I know how quickly I would want to see my images, so I send out sneak peeks either the night-of or the day after!
DO YOU EVER GIVE OUT RAW/UNEDITED FILES?
No, because I believe that editing and culling through the photos is half the magic! The unedited photos are just not the same without it. I carefully go through the images and I promise to never leave out any photos that I know are the winners!
DO YOU HELP IN THE PLANNING PROCESS?
YES! YES! YES! I know the industry pretty well and would love to help in the planning process! I am here to be more than just your photographer, I would love to help take things off your plate so you can focus on what really matters: marrying the love of your life!
I'VE HEARD ALL I NEED TO HEAR, HOW DO I BOOK WITH YOU???
First and foremost, AHHHH!!!!!! I am so humbled and honored that you feel ready to move forward!! I cannot express my gradatude enough! The next step is reserving your date! I will send you a contract & invoice, which can both be completed electronically. Once that's done, we are all set! Retainers are 25% of the total package cost, and the remainder of your payment is due two days before the date of your session. Payment plans are also available if you need them!
Does this sound like what you’re looking for? If so - shoot me an email or a text, and let’s get this thing rolling! The next step is to secure your date so we can start planning your perfect session! I CAN'T WAIT!!!
Thanks for being here, and I’ll talk to ya soon!
cell: (615) 415-2282