What to Wear for Your Engagement Session

I always get asked the question, “What should I wear for my Engagement Session?” and my answer is always a long, solid-color fluid dress, heels and classic jewelry — estate or family pieces if you have them. Long dresses are very feminine. They catch the wind and add beautiful movement when you walk. That movement adds so much interest to your images. And, the fit of your dress should compliment your figure and show off your shape. If an outfit off the rack needs to be altered to fit you well, then do it to look your best. The reason we love so many celebrities’ outfits is that they are custom made to fit their bodies. My favorite silhouettes? It’s no secret that I absolutely LOVE a one-shoulder dress. It’s a hint of sexy, but classy at the same time. I also love simple slip dresses and wraps that accent your waist.

When choosing a dress, keep in mind that solid fabrics are best, because prints and patterns can be trendy and distracting unless they are tiny florals or classic patterns like stripes or checks. Plus, so many trendy outfits can date your images very quickly. Same goes for big, chunky accessories. Choose simple and delicate instead. I love heirloom, estate pieces that connect you to your family and give just enough sparkle. Ask your grandmother if you can borrow her pearl and diamond earrings, or your mother her diamond necklace. If your location makes it a little hard to walk in heels, you can take them off. Holding your shoes as you walk gives the images a more relaxed feel (even though you are dressed up) and also gives you something to do with your hands.

For a second, more casual outfit, well-fitting jeans with heels and a dressy blouse or a tailored jumpsuit, is what I recommend. Both are always a win.

So, to sum it up in a few words…solid, flowy, delicate feminine, and classic with a just hint of sexy and a touch of tailored. If every piece you choose to wear for your session can be summed up in those words then you’ve nailed it and your images will be beautiful and timeless.

Be looking for my next post, which will be a Q&A with Walton’s Jewelry on how to confidently shop for and choose estate jewelry and antique engagement rings.

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Dresses: Nordstrom | All jewelry: Estate pieces from Walton’s Jewelry, Franklin TN

 

Ministry Branding Portraits

A few favorite portraits of Charles, who needed a variety of business and casual images for his ministry branding and website. Photographed in Franklin, TN.

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Speaker Charles Kown Professional Headshots by Heather Durham Photography

Speaker Charles Kown Professional Headshots by Heather Durham Photography

 

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15 Year Old Singer/Songwriter, Anna Grace Beatty

Last month I had the privilege of photographing 15 year old singer/songwriter, Anna Grace Beatty, who’s getting ready to release her first album. It’s not often you meet 15 year olds with such passion to pursue their dream career and at such a young age. I have no doubt this young musician has a bright future ahead of her, and I can’t wait to see where her talent and determination takes her in the music industry.

I love getting to play with different color treatments to set the tone and mood for editorial and commercial work. Here are some of my favorite images from our shoot in Historic Leipers Fork and Franklin, Tennessee.

Hair & Make Up: Lynsey Richardson | Wardrobe Styling: Celine Russell

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Megan & Andrew’s Engagement Session at Smyer Lake

I can’t wait for Megan & Andrew’s Birmingham, AL wedding this weekend with planner, Marée Ami. I’ve been hearing about all of the lovely details for this fun couple, and I can’t wait to see it all come together! But first, I’m excited to share their Engagement Session at Andrew’s family’s beautiful Smyer Lake home.

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New Studio Work

Excited to share some new black & white studio work with a moody vibe.

Model: Ashley Owens, Nashville TN

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The Hines Family Snow Photo Session [Franklin TN]

Holly was one of the first people I met in my neighborhood after moving in. I felt like I was living in a fishbowl when we moved into our house, so someone referred me to her for window shades and she hooked me up with some privacy! Since then she’s taken me to my first Downtown Franklin First Friday Art Crawl and we’ve worked some here in the neighborhood together. Holly’s a Franklin native that really knows how to make the new girl feel welcome! She’s a sweetheart and her kids are delightful too!

I loved spending a little time with this cute family on our first snow day in Tennessee.

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Anna’s Photo Session in the Snow [Franklin, TN]

While living in Birmingham, we rarely had snow for photo shoots in its pristine white powder, and when we did, it was mostly ice and just too hilly and dangerous to get anywhere with my camera. Since moving here to Franklin, TN, I’ve hoped for more opportunities to shoot in the snow since my neighborhood is mostly flat with beautiful parks, creeks and farms nearby. I got my first opportunity yesterday. It looked like a winter wonderland here. Temperatures were in the teens, but Anna and I braved the cold to have a little fun. And oooooh how I loved the light from all that white. Snow is the perfect natural reflector!

When Anna walked up to meet me with her crystal blue eyes, wearing a cute CC beanie and the perfect pink lips to match her Hunter booties, I knew it was going to be a really great shoot.

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Clair’s Senior Session

Clair is one of my close friend’s daughter, so it was a privilege to do her senior session last fall at beautiful Pursell Farms. Her mom, Emily, was the one who helped me get my start in wedding photography so I will always be grateful to her. Plus, she’s one of the easiest to be around and funniest people I know.

Clair is just like her mom, beautiful inside and out and she’s headed to Auburn in the fall with an exciting four years ahead of her. I’m a little late posting, but hers is one of my very favorite senior sessions to date. It was such a gorgeous afternoon at Pursell Farms and all of the gorgeous fall scenery was perfect compliment for this ginger!

Congratulations and much love Clair!! Can’t wait to visit when your mom and I are shooting weddings in Auburn together!

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Loved getting her senior announcement in the mail a few weeks ago…

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Webb Boys Mini Session

I get the privilege of photographing the adorable (and fashionable) Webb boys every fall. And they are as sweet and well mannered as they are cute! Love catching up with their beautiful mom too!HDP-Webb-2_WEB.jpgHDP-Webb-28_WEB.jpgHDP-Webb-29_WEB.jpgHDP-Webb-14_WEB.jpg
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