How to Prepare For Your Engagement Session!

Not only do I absolutely love engagement sessions because I get to know my couples better, I feel they are so important in preparing for the BIG day.   Also it is a great way for me to get to know you two-how you are together, for y’all to get to know me, and it helps y’all get comfortable with how I work so there are no SURPRISES on your wedding day! It’s so helpful to have a great engagement session before the big day so that you know what to expect. My couples that have an engagement session are PROS by the wedding day and it shows in their photos! This is why we cover the sitting fee in all our wedding collections and may have told you its kind of a mandatory step in being a CBP couple 🙂

When you’re prepping for your engagement session, there are a few things to keep in mind. This is supposed to be FUN! This is the shoot with no pressure, so don’t stress! On the wedding day we’ll be crunched for time, and there won’t be time to chat and get to know one another.

Let’s dive in!
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1.When & what time should I book our engagement session?

After you book with your photographer, whether its me or someone else you need to think of when you would like your portraits done.  Some couples like to choose a time of year opposite from when their wedding day is keeping in mind your photographers availability.  ie. if you are having a Spring wedding, it might be nice to have a fall E-sesh! We book about 2 months out depending on the time of year and only photograph sessions Monday through Thursday, typically 2 hours before sunset or 2 hours after sunrise. Syracuse Wedding Photographer, Cylinda B Photography, Engagement Session, Beaver Lake, SyracuseSyracuse Wedding Photographer, Cylinda B Photography, Engagement Session, Tree Farm, SyracuseSyracuse Wedding Photographer, Cylinda B Photography, The Farm, Engagement Session, Syracuse2. Outfits- What to Wear to Your Engagement Session!?

First and foremost, be comfortable, BE YOU!  This is a chance to have beautiful casual photos with your fiancé to hang on your wall and gift your family.  Secondly, try to coordinate your outfits instead of matching.  Look for colors that are soft and muted or go with neutral colors- ie. something white, off-white, or blush. Tiny, repetitive patterns and flashy colors can drag the eye away from focusing on the intimacy of you and your soon-to-be spouse.  Also, bold jewelry, scarves, and colored shoes photograph really well! Check out our PINTEREST wardrobe board for color pallets and ideas!  Press wrinkly clothes, hang them, and put them on when arriving to your session.

3. Location & Time!?

As I mentioned the best time of day is typically 2 hours before sunset or 2 hours after sunrise.  This can be applied to any time of year.  When it comes to picking a location we have a few favorite places that we suggest.  We help pick one based on your answers to a questionnaire we send to you!  The main thing to keep in mind is y’all are the focus, everything else is background.  Syracuse Wedding Photographer, Cylinda B Photography, Gillie Lake, Engagement Session, SyracuseSyracuse Wedding Photographer, Cylinda B Photography, The Farm, Engagement Session, SyracuseSyracuse Wedding Photographer, Cylinda B Photography, The Farm, Engagement Session, Syracuse4. Prepare Your Groom!

This is the part that all of you brides need to pay attention to! You know your groom best so only you can help prepare him for this shoot. If your fiance’ is completely unaware of this style of photography, he is going to think it’s really strange when I tell you two to “Nuzzle” or “almost kiss”.  He’s may be expecting a few pictures smiling at the camera, showing off the ring and that’s it! So it’s your job to explain to him why you love this style of photography and help him know what to expect! I suggest sitting down with him and showing him a few of your favorite engagement sessions  that I’ve shot to give him an idea of what he’s about to experience! 🙂

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Its not every day you get professional photos done together so use today to get all dolled up!  If brides have their make-up artist booked they may use today to have their trial done so they can see what it will look like in photos on the wedding day.  Although not necessary, I highly recommend this! Its always fun when a bride gets her hair and makeup done before the shoot, it helps make them feel more confident going into the session!  If you do your own makeup I do recommend going a little heavier than normal on the eye make-up. Hands and rings may be in the photos so having your ring and nails looking perrrty is a plus!

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As you are preparing for your session remember it is normal to feel nervous going into the session, and remember we don’t expect y’all to be pros at this!   The first 20 minutes is the warm up period, just remember, this is a time when you two are simply spending time together.  Be yourselves and enjoy the moment, we have you covered!

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YES!!! I love fur babies! We will start the session with your pet then move on with the session! We recommend walking/running your pup before the session so they are a little more relaxed for the session!

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As you know, our style of photography has a natural, lifestyle feel so we don’t recommend “props”.  However we love incorporating things that fit your personality as a couple, things you like to do together, blankets, etc. The questionnaire we send out helps us plan this as well!  Here are a few examples!

Lexi & Cody are fun & playful and what better way to incorporate balloons! Balloons make everything fun!! 😀

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How adorable are these two!?  Jenelle & Shane are another playful couple, we had so much fun at their e-sesh!! Syracuse Wedding Photographer, Cylinda B Photography, The Farm, Engagement Session, SyracuseLove the romance in this moment between Emilee & Matt.  What I love even more is how personal it is to them, one things they love to do together is being outdoors and four wheeling.Syracuse Wedding Photographer, Cylinda B Photography, The Farm, Engagement Session, Syracuse9. Be On Time

This is really important. What most couples don’t realize is that sessions are 100% dependent on the sun and if their couples show up late, they will lose that amount of time during their session due to the lack of light the session won’t be extended.   Allow time for traffic delays, hair/wardrobe emergency’s, etc. Syracuse Wedding Photographer, Cylinda B Photography, City Engagement, Engagement Session, SyracuseSyracuse Wedding Photographer, Cylinda B Photography, The Farm, Engagement Session, Syracuse syracuse wedding photographer, winter engagement, cylinda b photography Syracuse Wedding Photographer, Cylinda B Photography, The Farm, Engagement Session, SyracuseSyracuse Wedding Photographer, Cylinda B Photography, The Farm, Engagement Session, SyracuseI hope these tips were helpful!! Check out some blogged engagement sessions here for more inspiration!

Here Are a Few Amazing Hair Stylists & Make-up Artists In Syracuse Area for your wedding day and/or engagement session!

Meg loveland- hair & make-up https://www.megloveland.com

Green Beauty Bliss – Erica Abdo : https://www.greenbeautybliss.com

MT Makeup & Beauty- Marcela Tobar: http://www.marcelatobar.com

A-List Makeup Artistry – http://www.a-listartistry.com

Cny Beauty By Danielle – https://www.facebook.com/cnybeauty.by.danielle/

Syracuse Makeup Artistry- http://www.syracusemakeupartistry.com

 

Cylinda B

 

A Skaneateles Proposal | I am Getting Another Sister!!

In our every day busy lives it can be hard to meet people, but we are blessed with technology that gives couples the chance to find their soulmate. You hear it on TV, the radio, about friends or family members, and perhaps you have read it on my blog a few times about marriages of couples who are brought together from online meeting sites.  Here is another love story that began online!  Chris and Meghan met 3 years ago and had their first date at a Tavern, a day that would change both their lives.

Saturday was the perfect day in Skaneateles, NY.  My brother-in-law proposed to his girlfriend in the beautiful gardens of a gorgeous home and SHE SAID YES!!! We are all SO happy and excited to have Meghan as an official family member   and I am so excited to have another sister! We couldn’t be happier to be adding such an amazing person in our family “officially” :).  We cannot wait to see what the future holds for y’all.

Here are a few moments captured from the day! xoxo

Meghan telling us about the moment, yes us girls all cried! So sweet!
Toasts!!  “I love that Meghan is extremely easygoing and is kind to everyone she meets. She is a very hard worker and always willing to help anyone that needs it. I love laughing and being goofy with her” ~ Chris“I love his sense of humor and sense of adventure! Chris is very thoughtful and does little things to show he loves and appreciates me.” ~ Meghan The ring!!Luca is excited about getting another Aunt!! ❤  Proposal, photographed, Skaneateles Engagement, Syracuse Wedding Photographer, Cylinda B Photography-12

We cannot wait to see you become husband and wife, Meghan you are going to be a beautiful bride! ❤

 

Country Engagement | The Farm | Emilee & Matt

They met through a mutual friend from college who invited them out to ski one weekend at Labrador Mountain over four years ago.  He noticed her blonde braided hair and bright red snow pants, and she noticed his “fancy moves” on the slopes (Emilee says she thinks he was showing off for her 🙂 – not sure if he admits it 😉 ) After the trip they connected via Facebook and kept in touch, they planned another trip skiing with both of their best friends.  When Emilee’s friend had to cancel, Matt told his friend (and soon to be Best Man) that he wasn’t able to come 🙂 ❤ So this turned into their first date!  Dollar taco’s and two Dollar Margaritas a few days after Valentines Day, is now a yearly tradition! ❤  Since that night they talked every day and in August they will become husband and wife!

Emilee and Matt share a love for the outdoors, hiking, skiing, four wheeling etc!  When they first started dating Matt would take Emilee for a four wheeler ride to see the sunset ❤ and it became something they would do together often so we had to incorporate that in their engagement!  I had so much fun with y’all at The Farm!  Thank you for choosing us to document this moment in your lives! We cannot wait for your wedding day!! ❤

“I love her fun, crazy energy and that she always wants to do something. Emilee always sees the good in people, and always does things to make others happy. She makes me want to be a better person” ~Matt

I love his motivation to be better in everything he does. I love that I can be myself around him (I can be dressy or in barn boots, I can be nerdy and “cool”, he let’s me watch Christmas movies on November 1st just because he knows it makes me happy) and he still loves me despite my flaws” ~Emilee ❤ ❤ 

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Skaneateles Lake Engagement | Lauren & Jeff

He first noticed her infectious smile and she loved his sense of humor the day they met through mutual friends, 5 years ago.   On December 3rd after finding that perfect Christmas tree Jeff got down on one knee and asked Lauren to be his wife and they will say I DO come October!!

I fell in love with this proposal as this too is has been an annual tradition of my husband and I’s!  I knew from the moment I met these two that I had to be a part of documenting their love story!! They truly are best friends, they share so many of the same interest, have a love for traveling, snowmobiling, golf, family/friends, camping and most of all a beautiful love for each other.

What a beautiful way to start my Spring engagement season at Skaneateles Lake.   Here are a few moments captured from their engagement session! ❤ Thank you so much for having us be a part of your love and marriage! ❤ Cylinda B

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“I love that he is super motivated and passionate, his personality is one of a kind and he makes me feel like the luckiest girl in the world with his thoughtfulness” ~LaurenSkaneateles Lake Engagement, Skaneateles Engagement, Syracuse, Wedding, Photography, Engagement, Photos, Cylinda B Photography, 4

Love how much they make each other laugh!! ❤ Skaneateles Lake Engagement, Skaneateles Engagement, Syracuse, Wedding, Photography, Engagement, Photos, Cylinda B Photography, 5

“I love that she is always willing to help others before herself, she’s so lovable and we share a lot of commonalities.” ~JeffSkaneateles Lake Engagement, Skaneateles Engagement, Syracuse, Wedding, Photography, Engagement, Photos, Cylinda B Photography, 6 Skaneateles Lake Engagement, Skaneateles Engagement, Syracuse, Wedding, Photography, Engagement, Photos, Cylinda B Photography, 3

❤ ❤ Skaneateles Lake Engagement, Skaneateles Engagement, Syracuse, Wedding, Photography, Engagement, Photos, Cylinda B Photography, 8

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Village of Baldwinsville Engagement | Melissa & Jerryl

On November 5,  2011 they both were at a collage party.  He spotted her from across the room and knew he had to talk to her but couldn’t get up the nerve right away.  However, with some encouragement from friends Jerryl worked up the courage to introduce himself to Melissa, the girl with a smile he noticed immediately, the girl he had to meet.  A casual pizza date, with hours of conversation later they connected and their relationship began.

Just over five years later on December 22, 2016, it was a wintery day in NYC, all the storefronts were decorated for the holidays and the city was lit with millions of lights.  They walked hand in hand through Central Park talking about their upcoming years aspirations, goals, and talked about doing a bucket list.  Sitting on a bench in Central Park Jerryl then told Melissa that wherever they may travel or anything they will do in life that he wants to always do it together.  He got up off that bench and down on one knee and asked her to marry him!! ❤ ❤

Isn’t that just a sweet sweet love story? I am so excited to have a small part in telling it for these two genuine, loving souls.  The morning of their engagement session was filled with laughter, joy, and love.  I thought it was fitting to start it off with a walk through the park to reminisce that day in Central Park ❤

Thank you so much for choosing us to be a part of this new adventure in your lives! Here are a few moments captured! xo Cylinda
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“I love her smile, patience, and how she’s goofy with me. I love how she is always looking towards the future and how she puts things into perspective.” ~Jerrylbaldwinsville-engagement-red-mill-inn-syracuse-engagement-photos-cylinda-b-photography-2 baldwinsville-engagement-red-mill-inn-syracuse-engagement-photos-cylinda-b-photography-3 baldwinsville-engagement-red-mill-inn-syracuse-engagement-photos-cylinda-b-photography-4

“Jerryl is truly my best friend. He makes me laugh on my hardest days and loves me unconditionally. He has a big heart and would do anything to make me happy. I love his determination and perseverance.” ~Melissabaldwinsville-engagement-red-mill-inn-syracuse-engagement-photos-cylinda-b-photography-6 baldwinsville-engagement-red-mill-inn-syracuse-engagement-photos-cylinda-b-photography-7baldwinsville-engagement-red-mill-inn-syracuse-engagement-photos-cylinda-b-photography-20 baldwinsville-engagement-red-mill-inn-syracuse-engagement-photos-cylinda-b-photography-9 baldwinsville-engagement-red-mill-inn-syracuse-engagement-photos-cylinda-b-photography-8 baldwinsville-engagement-red-mill-inn-syracuse-engagement-photos-cylinda-b-photography-10

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A Syracuse Winter Engagement | The Farm | Ashley & David

They sat in the same room in their 10th grade biology class, then next to each other in study hall their senior year of high school but they were just acquaintances. They had no idea that they were each others soulmate.  A few years later they ended up traveling together to his camp together (talk about fate!! ❤ ) with a mutual friend Ashley met in college. This would be the weekend they noticed each other outside of an acquaintance, this would be the weekend they would give in to fate, 3rd times a charm! 🙂  This year Ashley & David will become man and wife and live life’s journey together forever and we couldn’t be more excited to see them say I DO.

I cannot express how much fun it was to get to know you two!  The way you both  look at each other and bring joy to each other, and the way you love each other is absolutely beautiful to see and document!  Here are some moments captured, hope you love them and I cannot wait until your wedding day!

xo Cylinda
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“I love his sense of humor; he’s charming and he can make anyone smile and I’m very envious of that. I love that he’s good-natured, he truly appreciates and loves everyone. I love how hardworking he is and always has a million ideas on what to do next. ” ~Ashleysyracuse-engagement-winter-engagement-photography-photo-cylinda-b-photography-syracuse-wedding-photography-the-farm-5 syracuse-engagement-winter-engagement-photography-photo-cylinda-b-photography-syracuse-wedding-photography-the-farm-6 syracuse-engagement-winter-engagement-photography-photo-cylinda-b-photography-syracuse-wedding-photography-the-farm-8

“I love her smile & and her late laugh (she laughs at things later than everyone else, like when they’ve already finished laughing she starts laughing). I love that how hardworking she is and that she’s caring and loves her patients.” ~Davidsyracuse-engagement-winter-engagement-photography-photo-cylinda-b-photography-syracuse-wedding-photography-the-farm-7 syracuse-engagement-winter-engagement-photography-photo-cylinda-b-photography-syracuse-wedding-photography-the-farm-9 syracuse-engagement-winter-engagement-photography-photo-cylinda-b-photography-syracuse-wedding-photography-the-farm-10 syracuse-engagement-winter-engagement-photography-photo-cylinda-b-photography-syracuse-wedding-photography-the-farm-12 syracuse-engagement-winter-engagement-photography-photo-cylinda-b-photography-syracuse-wedding-photography-the-farm-11 syracuse-engagement-winter-engagement-photography-photo-cylinda-b-photography-syracuse-wedding-photography-the-farm-15 syracuse-engagement-winter-engagement-photography-photo-cylinda-b-photography-syracuse-wedding-photography-the-farm-14 syracuse-engagement-winter-engagement-photography-photo-cylinda-b-photography-syracuse-wedding-photography-the-farm-13

I hope everyone has a Happy Valentines Day with your sweeties this weekend! ❤ Thank you so much for visiting.

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