embrace your romantic side

You deserve to not only have engagement session images that make you say, “thats *SOO*  us!” .. you also deserve to have the ease of planning! Engagement Sessions are my favorite because its usually the first time we are celebrating your engagement in person after emailing and phone calls! Planning a session in a world where you can be photographed anywhere and everywhere can be overwhelmeing and a little intimidating. Then add being photographed on top of it, can be stressful. Trust me, I’m with you on that 100%!
I tell all of our couples that the secret to our fun, easy and effortless look is that I photograph you, the way *I* need to be photographed! Yes, you read that correctly. Being photographed is not always carefree and effortless.. which is why I’ve developed the reputation of personalzing engagement sessions that make sense to who my clients are as people making the experience that much more enjoyable.

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WE OFFER ENGAGEMENT SESSIONS WITH OUR WEDDING PACKAGES FOR TWO REASONS:

1. We want to take the time to understand how you guys vibe in front of the camera and vise versa.

2. I totally get that sometimes photos can be funny. Trust me when I say that once you’ve had a practice run with the poses we do, they will be the last thing you worry about on your big day!

3. When in doubt, do it for the gram!

Engagement Session Cheat Sheet..

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SUNSETS by hours

Lets start planning your session with deciding the season youd like to be scheduled in. It is very normal for a summer bride to choose fall engagement season much like a Winter bride chosing a spring season. There is no wrong answer!  

We are sunset lovers and typically photograph the last two hours of the evening. We also shoot sunrise session that offer the same soft peach/blue tones.  To avoid harsh light, squinting etc I like to avoid 12:00pm-5:00pm depending on the season.

As a sun chaser in all seasons, I created a little cheat sheet for what the time is best for portrait times for the perfect sunset.

 

WINTER

December- March

During December through mid march you can plan your portrait time to take place from 3:00-4:30pm. The sun sets really early in this season! Prepare to dress warmer, incorporate faux furs, shawl or custom jackets. Make your winter wedding with pop rich floral colors and tones!

SPRING

April- May

The Sunset time dramatically changes throughout the course of these two months so our shooting time may change as well. We can plan on 5:30-7:30PM in April and 6:00-8:00PM in May. Incorporate baby’s breath, and light purples, taupes colors in your bouquet!

SUMMER

June- August

Summer portraits are our most comfortable times to shoot. We like to use the last 2 hours of the day in golden hour to capture the best moments. Also, its the coolest time of the day! 6:45-8:30pm is the magic time!

FALL

September- November

Sunset falls back a couple hours in the fall. So Again we plan for the best time closer to your date, In September, you can plan for 5:30-7:30 until the third week. After that we shoot for 5:00p,-7:00pm until mid October. November plants us back to 3:00-5:00PM.

Outfits..

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fit-check

Dressing for the season is also super important!

When you dress your best, you feel your best! Neutral colors are always a win, think about the reflection of the color of your shirt that can reflect on your skin tones! If you don’t want to purchase anything, check out www.renttherunway.com, and go all out! I LOVE long dresses for engagement sessions. They look so romantic. I love to help with this, so feel free to send me pictures.

Things to AVOID: loud patterns, matching (white shirt /Jean combo) + graphic shirts!

 

The Causal Looks:

Girls: Colored dress, neutral sandals or booties. Statement earrings or hat.

Guys: Coordinating button up, khaki pants with matching belt and shoes.

Dressed to the Nine:

Girl: Formal long dress, preferred numeral or one solid color) Heels, elevated by jewelry. ( Rent the Runway Vibe) or Monochrome matching attire.

Guy: Neutral suit or matching blazer, neutral dress shirt and dress pants with dress shoes.

THE BEACH VIBES:

Girls: White or Cream colored dress, hats with light and airy earrings to match. ditch the shoes!

Guys: Muted-hue button ups or solid shirts, dark wash jeans.

THE HOLIDAY:

Girls: Solid colored dress, long sleeve with boots. add scarves, beanies and ear warmers for flair.

Guys: Coordinating long sleeve shirts with matching vest, dark wash jeans with boots.

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making your session pop..

Cape May Engagement

Styled engagement sessions are not only super fun to be apart of, they offer you to be apart of your only Taylor Swift moment. *que wildest dreams*

Styled engagment sessions can be anything youd like it to be from an intimate beachside picnic, country side winery tour, mountain side getaway  to a  romanace champange toasts on a sail boat. I am here to make those dreams come true. Upon booking a styled engagement session you will receive exclusive vendor information to build the session of your wildest dreams.

dress it down..

If your image of a perfect engagement session look slike a cozy fire at home, a campfire on the beach, surfing or skating to watch the sunset with nothing but a bottle of chmapange and sunglasses.. We got you covered. 

with love

“1,000% would recommend to anyone! Liz is awesome! She is so professional, fun, and authentic! She knows the best shots, gave us great recommendations for locations, and most importantly made us feel so comfortable during our shoot – we had so much fun!! Have Heart should definitely be your top choice!! You won’t regret it!!!”

Meghan Moore

We LOVE working with Liz from Elizebeth Unruh Studio! She has a wonderful energy, is professional & comfortable to interact with and brings out the best in you. She knows what looks good, how to snap it and gets gorgeous shots that we have come to cherish 😍💕 Can’t wait for another shoot!

Salty Sirens

Liz & her team are absolutely amazing! Please correct above comments as *GREAT QUALITY /*GREAT VALUE!

She was incredibly helpful during this COVID pandemic as we were back and forth on wedding dates and all sorts of changes! Karrie, her associate, came out to our home (where we had our wedding) & was so professional and captured my husband & I beautifully! We had a lot of fun! & I will always cherish these precious moments!

Alessa Antinori

resources

We have been to a lot of weddings and we have seen it all! Since we are professional wedding guests, we have developed a great lists of vendors that we just adore! We are so happy to share these lists with any of our Have Heart Brides! Just send us a request and we will send them your way!

(609) 408-7752

(609) 408-7752