We always get excited when we have a submission from Michael Liedtke Photography when he works in the Black Hills. This adorable engagement session with Ali and Kade did not disappoint, with lots of laughs and walks around the gorgeous parks (and we also love a canoe ride). Ali gave us insight on their two-day shoot.
How did you prepare for your engagement session?
We traveled across the state for our session, so we tried to lay our outfits out ahead of time, and made sure we had everything ready to go the day before. We made sure we blocked off enough time to have a fun, relaxing day, and made sure we didn’t feel rushed!
Beforehand, we had communicated with the photographer to discuss a meeting place, time, and driving options. We also let him know what we were wearing and communicated the “vibe” we were going for.
What process did you go through to pick out your outfits and why did you choose the certain pieces?
The rule we tried to follow was two outfits per session. Since we had two nights, we brought four outfits. You want to spend your time together during the shoot, not letting the sun set while you are putting on your third outfit. A way to reduce time is for guys to have an undershirt they are happy with and a button up or flanel that they like. The time it takes to slip on a shirt is minimal. Ladies: try to find outfits that will go with one to two pairs of shoes. Comfortable shoes. Also, I kept the same hairstyle both nights, because I didn’t want to waste our evening lighting doing my hair.
When it came to outfits, we decided on outfits that were going to reflect who we are, and augment the setting we did the shoots at. Both of us are from rural country backgrounds, so we tried to stick to what made us feel like “us.” For example, we wore jeans and white shirts with boots for one evening, and I later changed into a dress that I could wear with my same boots. I didn’t want a lot of hassle when we were taking pictures – I wanted to be able to move around and walk comfortably when needed.
What was the day like for both of you?
The first night we were both excited, and Kade was a little nervous. I grew up with a lot of pictures being taken in my family, so I couldn’t wait to have fun. He had stated before our pictures that he wasn’t sure if he would look natural in front of the camera, holding someone’s hand, having those serious and funny moments, etc. We ended up just trying to have a natural conversation during our pictures – Michael is good enough that he will catch all those amazing moments in between the words. After a few minutes, we were completely comfortable.
Any tips for those who are going to have their engagement session?
Try your outfits on. Sometimes things don’t fit the way you think they will. Wear your shoes ahead of time. Bring hairspray, your hair will fall flat easily if it is anything like mine! Make that day a really positive day, from the time the sun rises – you will only get to do this once, and you can have a blast if you do this right. It is much easier to take happy pictures if you are in a happy mood!
What is your favorite part about each other?
Kade makes me laugh. Incredibly. When he isn’t making me laugh, he is filling me up with knowledge, positivity, and energy. He is such an optimistic person, and it is contagious. We are both in school and working right now, so we can often feel busy and stressed. But we have decided to enjoy our time with each other and still enjoy the little things in life, because life goes by too fast to not do this! He is empathetic, witty, a little nerdy, and humorous… these are my favorite things.
Kade: Ali is, in her words, “hilarious!” After being with her for over five years, I can confirm that she is hilarious. Her cheerful spirit elevates everyone around her. She is not only smart in the traditional sense, but she is witty and sharp! She loves life and has a warm and welcoming heart. She stole mine on day one.