7 Tips for Beautiful Engagement Photos

7 Tips for Beautiful Engagement Photos by Chico Wedding Photographer Morgan Chantelle Photography Engagement photos are such a fun part of the wedding photography experience. I always suggest couples do them, if possible. A lot of times these are a couples’ first professional photos together. Not only are they nice to have, but it’s the best way to get comfortable with your photographer, comfortable in front of the camera, and get used to how your photographer works. Here are a few tips to make your photo session go smoothly and your photos turn out amazing. 1. Wear what you love.  No matter what you wear- wear what you feel comfortable in. Wear what makes you feel absolutely beautiful. I recommend wearing outfits that coordinate (certain color shades, one wearing a print and one wearing a solid, etc) and steering clear of being too matchy-matchy. Long flowy dresses and anything with movement look really pretty in photos. Also, don’t be afraid of bold prints and colors (but, like I said before, just make sure that your outfits look good together). Visit my engagement pinterest board for ideas and inspiration. 2. Pick a location that is meaningful to you. Any location can be beautiful. I love an abandoned building just as much (if not more than) a beautiful field of wildflowers. Engagement photo location ideas might be the place that you met, your cabin or favorite vacation location, the mountains or the beach, or even in your own home. 3. Be adventurous.  Wedding photos are usually constricted by the timeline of your day, but engagement sessions don’t have those same limitations. Travel to the...

Chico Photographer // First Day of School

Yesterday was the first day of school for my four little sweeties. I guess they’re not so little anymore. My BABY started kindergarten, which was quite the emotion ordeal (still is) for Mama. Finley, on the other hand, was SO excited for the first day of school and walked right in with confidence. From left to right, they are Judah- 6th grade, Finley- kindergarten, Samuel- 4th grade, and Silas- 1st grade. I love these people so, so much!...
Chico Engagement Photographer // Holly and Sean’s Upper Bidwell Park Engagement Session

Chico Engagement Photographer // Holly and Sean’s Upper Bidwell Park Engagement Session

Holly and Sean happened to have their engagement session on one of the hottest days of the year, but you would never guess that from their photos. They were super troopers and Sean even came prepared with an ice chest full of water bottles (thank you so much for sharing one with  me!). How they managed to look so beautiful in spite of the heat, I have no idea, but I’ll take it! Sean is a forest fireman and Holly is a talented artist and designer. They’re a perfect match and both obviously madly in love with each other. I liked Holly from the first time I met her, but hearing her excitedly talk about the wines they picked out for the wedding sealed the deal- she’s definitely a girl after my own heart. Holly and Sean, I can’t WAIT to shoot your wedding this Fall....

Chico Wedding Photographer // Ashley and David’s Summer Gale Vineyards Wedding

First of all, for all of you local brides and grooms-to-be, I’ll be at the Chico Bridal Show at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds this Sunday from 11am to 3pm. I’d love to meet you and answer any questions you have. Stop by my booth and say hello! Ashley and David got married on a warm Summer day at the beautiful Gale Vineyards– one of my favorite wedding venues. These two are so sweet, beautiful, and perfect together. I loved seeing the abundance of love they have for their families, their friends, and for each other. I know they will have a beautiful life together.  ...