Any time I receive an email in my inbox from a couple interested in having me be their photographer, I do a little happy dance.
I know how much trust my couples place in me to capture their epic photos and portraits in my signature Lilly Red style.
And I know that it can be a little bit intimidating or overwhelming to suddenly be in front of a professional’s camera.
That’s why I always get so excited when couples do put their trust in me to be their photographer. And it’s why I work so hard to develop a genuine relationship so they always feel comfortable and confident in front of my camera.
That’s what happened when this fabulous couple trusted me to be their Lake Como engagement photographer. So keep scrolling to see the photography gold we created!
In the weeks (and even months) leading up to any kind of portrait session, whether it’s a full wedding day or an engagement session, I help my couples get ready to be in front of my camera.
That includes walking them through locations and ideas I have for their session.
Most of my engagement sessions include at least two locations and two outfits. Having two locations and two outfits provides plenty of variety for their final gallery.
The beauty of a couple trusting me as their Lake Como engagement photographer is that I am a Lake Como native.
I know this area like the back of my hand! So when I get to know couples in the months and weeks leading up to their session, I start thinking about ideas and ways to create a special session with them based on their personalities.
For this couple, the first location I scouted was Villa Monastero. It’s a gorgeous villa built right on the lakeshore. I knew it would be a perfect spot for their classic, yet glamorous aesthetic!
Once my clients book with me for engagement sessions, one of the most commonly asked questions I get is, “What should I wear?”
So many photographers out there are leaning toward neutral colors and matching outfits among the couple.
But I always tell my clients to lean into bold, fashionable, and fun! As a former fashion photographer, I always love seeing my clients’ personalities shine through their clothing choices.
And rather than matching, I tell my clients to try to find outfits that complement each other. It’s a way to look cohesive without looking too matchy-matchy in photos.
This couple took the advice to heart. Between his muted yet classic and luxurious suit and her bold magenta dress with bright red roses, they couldn’t have looked more fantastic in their photos at Villa Monastero!
Whenever my couples travel to Lake Como for the engagement sessions, I never just want to stay at one of the many villas dotting the lakeside.
Instead, I love for them to experience more of what makes Lake Como so incredible. So for their second location, I suggested we explore the city of Varenna.
One thing I love about being a Lake Como engagement photographer is finding ways to incorporate more creativity into my couples’ sessions.
A lot of the time, many couples want to experience Lake Como on the water. So I suggest we take the classic Riva boats out during our session together.
But there are so many other fun options to incorporate into an engagement session! For this one, the couple wanted portraits in a vintage Porsche.
It was such a luxurious, yet classic prop which fit in so well with their overall aesthetic!
It’s sessions like these that have me falling in love with Lake Como engagement photography sessions all over again!
Between the bold, fun fashion choices, the prime Lake Como locations, and getting to use a vintage Porsche in their photos, it was an incredible photography experience.