Hello, if you are reading this you have been selected for an editorial session. This means your session follows a different format. The images aim to be published on blogs and/or marketing materials for Miki Vargas Photography. Miki Vargas Photography will reserve all rights to the images but will release selected images for the couple to use, we only ask that you credit the photographer at all times.

For editorial sessions we select the location as we often want to photograph in epic locations and that at times means, driving to remote places, hiking or walking a fair amount. 

Local Engagement Sessions with MVP are priced at $600. Your session will include the following:

  • 50-70 High resolution print-ready edited images
  • On-line proofing password protected image gallery
  • Print release

Preparing for YOUR Engagement Session

I can’t wait to capture some great photos. I know we covered most of the following during the initial consultation, but I send this to all my clients to ensure we’re on the same page for the shoot... you’re already WAY ahead of the curve so let’s get started.

I want you to be armed with the most helpful information so you come prepared and ready for fun take a detour and check out some inspiration boards on Pinterest I’ve compiled with wardrobe suggestions.


  • Please be on time! I’m a natural-light photographer, so the sun dictates how long I can photograph you. Please make proper considerations for traffic, hair delays, and fashion emergencies! An average shoot lasts about half day. If  you show up 30 minutes late, the session is not extended, but rather, ends at the regularly scheduled time. Please don’t think ill of me I just want to be honest in advance and let you know I want the BEST photography experience for you. And being on time achieves exactly this! 
  • Be sure to check out our website for engagement sessions. I’ve also discovered that when the prospective couple views a gallery in advance, it helps them practice some poses and they get an idea of what to expect. Some of us are more comfortable in front of the camera and for those who are not as comfortable in front of the camera I give lots of direction and only expect you to be yourself.
  • Don’t hesitate to check out photo shoot locations beforehand. I know we spoke about this, but if something else has popped up or you have a cool idea, please don’t hesitate to let me know. I encourage you to find a spot that reflects your love and a place you’ll both feel comfortable. And please note that there is no such thing as an ‘ugly’ location there is beauty everywhere. 
  • It’s always fun to bring along props. Suggestions: Bikes, polaroid camera, a favorite journal, magazines you like reading. Anything! Don’t hesitate to bring anything that truly reflects you individually or as a couple.
  • Some folks will have their practice run regarding hair and makeup for the engagement shoot. This helps them feel a little more ‘done-up’ for the shoot and boosts their confidence. I’m not saying you should do this AT ALL!

How to Select Your Outfits

  • For the Simple Portrait Session you’ll need to bring two per look on the day of our session. 
  • Think Color Palettes. You don’t have to be too matchy-matchy (highly technical word) but you don’t want to contrast each other two much.  High contrast (ie: one person in white, the other in black) can overwhelm the picture.  Try to coordinate but don’t get too caught up on looking like you just walked off a department store display.

  • Fill Out Your Outfit. Accessorize.  Shoes can be an awesome part of your shoot (I’m a huge fan of feet shots) so dress your whole outfit.  Think jewelry, belts, scarfs, hats, shoes -whatever makes a finished outfit for you.

  • Avoid Writing/Labels. Unless it’s your favorite shirt and there’s an inside joke about it that you both agree should be documented, leave the logos at home.

How to Pick Your Colors.

  • Choose colors that make you look alive, that bring out the best in your features, that enhance you.  If a color washes you out or makes your skin look pasty, choose the color on the opposite side of the color wheel and you should look much more “with the living.”  NOTE: If you have a reddish complexion or had the misfortune of getting sunburned, please avoid wearing red tones.

How to Look Good.

  • Try your clothes on first (both of you.)  Do a 360 check in the mirror.  Look for any problem areas and opt for outfits that flatter you from all sides.  Be aware if your bra strap tends to show in that dress, if you need a slip, if you need a different size in jeans, if a shirt hugs you a little too much, dips too low, etc.  You can look smashing just the way you are, but the key is in the clothing.  Plus, you need to be comfortable and confident in what you’re wearing.  If you love your clothes, you’ll be more relaxed and your shots will turn out even better!
  • Keep it Clean. Make sure your clothes are washed, pressed, fresh, and stain/pill-free.  Unless you’re going for “Deralique” (Zoolander reference, anyone?)

Ideas for Props

  • Flowers: a bunch, loose stems, wildflowers, small pots
  • Balloons: a bunch, multi-color, or single unique balloons that make a statement
  • Food: lollipops, popsicles, ice cream, cupcakes, big cookies, apples, watermelon, bananas, hot dogs, s’mores, wine, beer, coffee, favorite candy, popcorn.
  • Activities: hoola hooping, baseball/softball, bowling, boating, cycling, country dancing, golf, tennis, karaoke, fishing, cooking, etc.
  • Settings: tent, campfire, garden, library, bed, waterside, pool, hiking trail, playground.
  • Objects: books, pets, heirloom objects, love letters, special gifts, fire arms, sports team paraphernalia, paper parasols, hand fans, masquerade masks, musical instruments.

Your Must-Have Kit:

  • Water/Beverages
  • Pack a snack (I love Zone bars and trail mix.)
  • Make up for touch ups (lips, blotting paper, powder, blush)
  • Hair brush and accessories to change hair styles (clips, bands, etc.)
  • Hankie to dab perspiring faces
  • Boots (if we’re shooting in rustic areas/fields)
  • Comfortable shoes for walking (if you’re mainly bringing high heels)
  • Sunscreen

Well, you’re set!  Let me know if you have any questions on how to get ready for your session.  I’m at your service!