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our engagement photos | Oh Lovely Day | Photos by Jennifer Roper

My husband and I wanted to do our engagement photos in Santa Monica, at a couple of our favorite spots. We did some portraits at the Viceroy Hotel in Santa Monica, because I’ve always loved the style and decor – it is very ‘me.’  The yellow chairs, the plate wall, the mirrors: it is the perfect combination of vintage and modern influences, and makes for some great pictures. And then we headed to the beach and pier for lots more, so scroll down for those.

our engagement photos | Oh Lovely Day | Photos by Jennifer Roper

our engagement photos | Oh Lovely Day | Photos by Jennifer Roper
our engagement photos | Oh Lovely Day | Photos by Jennifer Roper
our engagement photos | Oh Lovely Day | Photos by Jennifer Roper
our engagement photos | Oh Lovely Day | Photos by Jennifer Roper
our engagement photos | Oh Lovely Day | Photos by Jennifer Roper
our engagement photos | Oh Lovely Day | Photos by Jennifer Roper
our engagement photos | Oh Lovely Day | Photos by Jennifer Roper
our engagement photos | Oh Lovely Day | Photos by Jennifer Roper

our engagement photos | Oh Lovely Day | Photos by Jennifer Roper

Since moving to California four years before, we’ve always loved the beach.  We were starting our life together, and eventually our family, in California.  What better place to have our engagement pictures than the beach and pier in Santa Monica?  So after our portraits at the Viceroy, we headed for the beach and had some fun!

our engagement photos | Oh Lovely Day | Photos by Jennifer Roper
our engagement photos | Oh Lovely Day | Photos by Jennifer Roper
our engagement photos | Oh Lovely Day | Photos by Jennifer Roper
our engagement photos | Oh Lovely Day | Photos by Jennifer Roper
our engagement photos | Oh Lovely Day | Photos by Jennifer Roper
our engagement photos | Oh Lovely Day | Photos by Jennifer Roper
our engagement photos | Oh Lovely Day | Photos by Jennifer Roper
our engagement photos | Oh Lovely Day | Photos by Jennifer Roper
our engagement photos | Oh Lovely Day | Photos by Jennifer Roper
our engagement photos | Oh Lovely Day | Photos by Jennifer Roper
our engagement photos | Oh Lovely Day | Photos by Jennifer Roper
our engagement photos | Oh Lovely Day | Photos by Jennifer Roper
our engagement photos | Oh Lovely Day | Photos by Jennifer Roper
our engagement photos | Oh Lovely Day | Photos by Jennifer Roper
our engagement photos | Oh Lovely Day | Photos by Jennifer Roper
our engagement photos | Oh Lovely Day | Photos by Jennifer Roper
our engagement photos | Oh Lovely Day | Photos by Jennifer Roper

our engagement photos | Oh Lovely Day | Photos by Jennifer Roper

So if I could take this opportunity to give a few tips on what I think makes a great engagement session, it would be these:

1.  Pick a place you love and that has meaning to you for at least some of your photos.

2.  Get outside if possible – the light is always so much better!

3.  Base your wardrobe on what your style is, what you are comfortable in, and something that isn’t so trendy that when looking back on your photos you’ll be able to place the year based on the clothes alone.
4.  Don’t do something that isn’t you just because it is trendy or popular.  If you have never had a picnic as a couple, do not have a vintage picnic e-session just because you’ve seen 100 of them. But if that is you – then do it!

5.  Relax and try to have fun.  And if you need a little help, have a drink first!  We had a drink or two at the Viceroy bar before we started just to loosen up a bit.

And here are tips for styling your wardrobe for your engagement session.

{Photos by Jennifer Roper / Location: Viceroy Hotel in Santa Monica and the Santa Monica Pier + Beach / Chandra’s wardrobe: Dress and tee: J.Crew, Jeans: Joe’s Jeans / Hair and Makeup: Flawless Faces}

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