The variety the Sonoma Coast provides is overwhelming, honestly. Every couples session, whether it’s an engagement session or something just for fun, looks completely different than the next one. Here are 3 tips to help you prepare for your engagement session on the Sonoma Coast.
The weather changes SO fast. Depending on the time of year you decide to do your engagement photos, you can experience bright blue skies to thick fog and wind within an hour. And let us not trust our handy weather apps because half the time it’s wrong (I learned this the hard way!). I recommend bringing a few different outfits. Start with something warm and cozy and layers! Layers add a lot of options without too much extra work. I’m a sucker for a flowy dress or skirt, too! The way the wind catches your clothing is part of the magic in a Sonoma Coast engagement session.
Really REALLY keep your hair type in mind when getting ready. My hair cannot keep a curl if there’s even a slight breeze. For my own engagement photos, I spent way too long curling my hair for it to fall flat in seconds. I recommend styling your hair knowing the wind will be there and potentially in full force. It always helps to have a little make-up kit and a mirror with you in the car. A touch-up between different locations is never a bad idea. You don’t want the wind making your eyes water and mascara starting to rub onto your cheeks!
One of my couples loves to go camping in the back of their truck. They’ve traveled up and down the California coast camping. Having their engagement session on the Sonoma Coast was part appreciation for the variety the location gives AND their love for adventuring around the area. When they asked to use their truck in some of their photos, it was a no-brainer. Using props that mean something to your relationship is a bonus, but using any kind of prop will work. Some recommendations would be blankets, wine and wine glasses, maybe a little charcuterie board! Depending on the weather and the season, you could even get creative with summer props like chairs, coolers, and umbrellas.