Austin, TX Engagement Photographer // Sekrit Theater // Summer & Barrett

 

The Sekrit Theater is a magical hidden gem in Austin that I stumbled upon in 2016. Ever since I discovered it I dreamed of having a session there! When Summer & Barrett suggested shooting at Sekrit Theater I knew the session would be one for the books. Their chemistry shines through in these romantic and playful photos, plus look at the gorgeous setting!

 

Austin, TX Wedding Photographer // Rainy Wedding at Antebellum Oaks // Angela & Derek

In some cultures when it rains on your wedding day it's considered good luck and I believe it after shooting this sweet wedding! Angela and Derek's rainy Austin wedding at Antebellum Oaks was filled with so much joy and love! Despite the rain, they were constantly smiling and laughing with their family and friends. 

We used clear bubble umbrellas for all of the outdoor portraits, which added a fun touch to the bridal party portraits and looked so romantic for the bride & groom portraits. Thank you to Angela & Derek for being such a fun and laid-back couple to work with!

 
 

Austin, TX Wedding Photographer // Destination Wedding in Key West // Olivia & Justin

 

One of my best friends got married last year and not only was I a bridesmaid in her wedding (see the sweaty tall blonde in the bridal party photos), but I was also the photographer! Olivia chose to have an intimate wedding in Key West, where we grew up together. I loved the change of scenery and pace compared to Texas weddings, plus I got to see old friends and family while I was in town!

We spent the morning getting ready at her dad's gorgeous old conch house, which was filled with nautical art and wood panel walls - seriously swoon worthy! The light filled church they chose to have their ceremony in, The Basilica of Saint Mary Star of the Sea, was also a photographers dream. After the ceremony, we went to Bahama Village and Fort Zachary Taylor for some quick bride and groom portraits and ended our evening at Kelly's Caribbean for a dance-filled reception.

I am grateful that I was able to spend such a special day with so many people who are dear to my heart <3 

 

Austin, TX Wedding Photographer // Rooftop Picnic Couples Session // Mackenzie & Chisam

Since Mackenzie and Chisam got engaged last weekend (proposal photos to come in another blog post), I figured it's about time to share the photos from a couples session I shot with them last December in downtown Austin! We planned a romantic rooftop picnic with a beautiful view of Austin - more rooftop sessions please! The chemistry between these two is pretty obvious from the photos, scroll down to see for yourself. Congratulations to Mackenzie and Chisam on their recent engagment! 

 
 

Outfit Inspiration and Tips for Engagement Sessions // Kayla Snell Photography // Austin, Texas Wedding Photographer

 
Engagement Session Outfit Inspiration Austin Wedding Photographer

In the past few years, I've had multiple clients ask me the same question over and over again, "What should we wear for our engagement session?". I'm far from a stylist, but I can appreciate a well-styled outfit when I see one! From my experience as a photographer, I've learned what photographs well and what should be avoided when it comes to picking out the perfect outfit for an engagement session.

I decided to write this post because recently I was in your shoes, searching for the perfect outfit to wear for a shoot. As camera shy as I am, I decided it's time to get some photos of myself so I can share more about who I am with my clients and followers! While I was searching for a dress to wear I scrolled past lots of dresses, only choosing ones that represented me best. I also tried to avoid anything with distracting patterns or bright colors.

Why am I telling you about my late night internet shopping? Because I realized that everything I was looking for in an outfit is what my clients should think about when choosing outfits for engagement sessions - comfortable, simple, timeless, and something that feels like YOU! Below are a few outfit inspiration boards that I came up with to give direction when it comes to engagement session outfits.

*** side note - no pressure if these outfits aren't something you'd normally wear, I know everyones style is different and I want you to stay true to yourself!

ENGAGEMENT SESSION OUTFITS FOR WOMEN

FORMAL MAXI DRESSES & SKIRTS

Think long flowy dresses that you can twirl around in. Dresses that will show texture and movement. Neutral or muted tones and simple patterns. Romantic & timeless.

Engagement Session Outfit Inspiration Austin Wedding Photographer

CASUAL DRESSES & SKIRTS

For the casual girl that still likes to dress up!  Fun (yet subtle) prints, with unique & flirty design.

Engagement Session Outfit Inspiration Austin Wedding Photographer
 

CASUAL TOPS & BOTTOMS

I offer my couples an outfit change during engagement sessions if they want to take some laid-back photos together in everyday wear. These outfits are also great for an in-home session! 

Engagement Session Outfit Inspiration Austin Wedding Photographer

ENGAGEMENT SESSION OUTFITS FOR MEN

When it comes to menswear I am far from an expert, but here are a few ideas to get you started! Again, aim for neutrals or muted tones, avoid busy/distracting patterns, and keep it simple. Less is more!

CASUAL TO FORMAL

Engagement Session Outfit Inspiration Austin Wedding Photographer

Let's be honest, most of us aren't models so we aren't 100% comfortable in front of the camera. If you're wearing something that makes you feel confident AND comfortable I guarantee you'll have so much fun during your engagement session and you will feel like a model by the end of the shoot! Hope this helps some, I'm always available to answer any questions and help my couples with outfit choices.