Amber Spence

Preparing for Engagement Session Checklist | Mission Trails San Diego

Mission Trails Engagement Session Checklist

  • Set your hair and makeup appointments (this is the perfect time to do your bridal trials with HMUA)

  • Choose outfits (be you, pick something that you’re comfortable in)

  • Get nails done (we will be getting close up shots of your beautiful ring)

  • Clean your ring (if necessary)

  • Pick a post-session date night spot (your hair and makeup will be done already so why not make it a date night)

What to bring:

  • Flats to switch in to between photos spots

  • An additional outfit

  • Your lip gloss/lip sticks for touch ups

  • A light jacket to cover up

Things to consider:

  • Lighting (reference photos)

    • My editing is True to Life which means I do not manipulate colors or atmosphere. Your photos will be a reflection of how the day was.

    • Therefore, if there is overcast your session will look similar to The Lora’s sessions. If there is no cloud coverage and golden hour your images will look similar to The Evans. If you choose to do a session earlier in the day around noon with the sun high in the sky, your images will look similar to the James family.

  • Men and Women Clothing

    • Mission Trail can be a very whimsical location which mean Women can wear a beautiful white flow-y dress and sandals and it will match the vibe of this location.

    • You can also dress it up and wear tight fitted clothing with heels and it will still be appropriate (bring sandals for in between photo spots).

    • Men usually will opt for dressy sweaters, casual buttons ups, or plain tee shirts.

    • Shorts or jeans can work for the location as well as dress shoes.

    • Other couples decide to go more casual and wear what they feel most comfortable in.

    • Neutral colors will look best! bright pink or purples will not look as good in this environment.

  • Getting Dirty

    • Mission trails is a hiking trail..there is dirt and rocky terrain so if you decide to wear white or any. light colors it is a possibility it may get dirty

      • I will do my best to make sure your clothes stay as clean as possible, but keep this in mind.

  • Protected Habitat

    • Close to sunset the animals will start to make their appearance

      • coyotes , deer, bunnies etc

    • I have seen snakes, so I make sure to not have clients stepping in the tall grass during warmer seasons.

Ladies, Prep your man for the session! Most men are not excited for a 1 hour session of taking photos. Usually they are unsure what to expect and why its so important to get them done. Take a moment and let them know why it’s important for the both of you and show him the photography style that I offer. Also, to calm nerves, take a shot right before your session 😉 lol

xoxo Amber S.