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How To Plan For A Western Engagement Shoot | Grace + Levi

This darling western engagement session is what cowgirl dreams are made of. Read on for tips from the photographer on planning for your own western shoot. Photography by Montana Bride Vendor Presley Gray Photo.

Presley writes, "This shoot was like a Cinderella story, but the Wild West version with horses, cowboys, and Montana’s smokey August sky. The couple, Grace and Levi, are two true horsemen who have spent their lives ranching, rodeoing, and riding. They have the kind of cowboy love that reminds you of the classic western love story." Read on for Presley's tips on styling your own western shoot.

How to Prepare for a Western Shoot

  1. Bring two outfits; one that’s dressy and cute and one outfit that you don’t mind getting a little dirty. No matter the outfit, stack on the turquoise! Isn’t Grace’s dress from Lulu’s the cutest thing you’ve ever seen!? We love a girl in a cute little dress paired with a guy in a straw hat.

  2. Bring your animals. Whether that’s your dogs, horses, cows, pigs, goats, or whatever! Okay, maybe not all of them, but whatever animal you have that connects you as a couple. Who's down for a little rodeo?

  3. Pick a location that resonates with you. Grace and Levi chose a ranch that had sentimental value. Wherever your love story takes root, that’s where you should take pictures.

  4. Envision your photos. Are you next to a barn, in a field, in the mountains, or maybe in the back of your pickup truck? What fits your style the most? Bring props to help personalize your pictures, like maybe a cowhide to sit on or a rope to lasso your loved one.

  5. Bring your favorite drink! I think it helps my couples, especially the cowboys, chill out in front of the camera a little better when they can crack a cold one.

  6. Don’t worry about the weather! This particular session was very smokey and it made the pictures so moody and added even more to the Old West vibe. Let your photographer do their job in worrying about the lighting – you worry about having fun with your partner.


Photography | Presley Gray Photo (#MBV)


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