I absolutely LOVE engagement sessions!! Engagement sessions are suppose to be the most relaxed and fun sessions for my couples. It’s a great way for us to meet and start a great relationship. I wanted to share my top 5 tips on prepping for an engagement session with all the lovely couples out there. I love getting to work with my couples before their wedding. I have the chance to assure them that it’s totally okay that they aren’t models and that they too can have gorgeous pictures. It’s also the best way for my couples to see exactly how I work and how much fun it actually is to have your picture taken. So whether or not I’m your photographer I hope that these tips will help you in prepping for your engagement session.
1. Scheduling your Session
If my couples are booking a year out from their wedding date they typically tend to have their engagement portraits done in the same season. However for the couples that plan a shorter engagement, their portraits are often done in the opposite season. Whether you are booking with me or another photographer you need to be aware that some photographers will only shoot engagements during the weekdays and you may need to schedule them several months in advance. So make sure you communicate with your photographer. Also if your looking for a particular look or style for your session it’s important to know when it’s best for that look. Here’s a great example; I often have brides that are wanting pictures in the wheat. You have to consider do you want the wheat when it’s green or when it’s turned? Also you have to make sure you know when they cut the wheat. It’s bad when you drive to the location only to find the wheat has been cut. So always consider the logistics when scheduling your session.
2. Picking a Location
This is often where most brides tend to overthink and stress. Everyone want’s to have the best location right? I have found that the best locations are ones that have a connection with my couples. I always like to recommend to use a location in which my couples like to visit. Are you beach lovers or do you like to hike? Do you have a hobby in which you both enjoy? You can easily incorporate your hobby in your session making it that much more unique. Using a location that has a significant meaning is always great as well. Where did you first meet or where did you get engaged? Keeping it simple is always easy and best. In the end you want to showcase you as a couple.
3. Deciding on What to Wear
This is often another area where my couples tend to get a little stressed. You want to look your best and everything has to be perfect. I like to always recommend that you COORDINATE but don’t MATCH! Matching outfits was huge in the 90’s not now. Look on pinterest or your favorite designers for inspiration. I love the look of J Crew, Banana Republic, Gap, Ralph Lauren, and Old Navy. Make sure to incorporate beautiful pieces for your jewelry. They always photograph well and really help make the pictures more beautiful. Also when picking out your clothes; look at the length. Can you move and sit in it? It’s hard to do some poses because of certain wardrobe choices. No one wants to have engagement pictures with their undies peeking out from their clothes. Just make sure that whatever you both decide to wear that you feel COMFORTABLE and that you LOVE the way you look! After all these pictures will be hanging in your home and quite often on your save the dates for everyone to see.
4. Hair, Makeup and Ring Cleaning
Most of my brides choose to have their hair and makeup done for the engagement session. I highly recommend it! It’s a great way to help relax before the session. Who wouldn’t want to feel a little pampered? However it’s totally a personal preference. Just remember that if you choose to do your own makeup that you apply the eye makeup slightly heavier. When deciding on a hairstyle I always try to suggest using a style in which you typically use. You already know you love it and you know how to move around with it. The worst thing you can do is try a new hairstyle and you end up not liking it. That’s all your going to think about during pictures. So go with what you know looks best on you and that you feel great with. Don’t forget about your engagement ring. Often the most frequently missed detail is a getting your engagement ring cleaned. I love getting pictures of the ring during the session. And you will want your ring looking it’s best!
5. Prep Your Groom!!
Most guys are not a fan of having their pictures done; however they suck it up and do it. And trust me guys it makes your brides very HAPPY!!! When talking about your engagement session try to be as realistic and honest about your expectations. Make sure your upfront about the how long the session is. Whether it’s 1-2 hours long or just a quick 30 minute session. No one wants to get somewhere thinking that it will only be a few minutes only to find out that it’s over an hour. Talk about the photographers style. My couples are asked to be very lovey dovey. I’m going to ask you to kiss, twirl and cuddle. Showing the groom examples of the types of engagement pictures that you love is a great way to prep him! He’s never done this before so showing him what your wanting helps him totally understand what you envision. At the end of the session you can even surprise your groom by giving him a special “Thank You” gift for all his hardwork!
Whether or not you have hired me to do your engagement session remember to relax and just have fun! Trust in your photographer that they are going to give you a great experience. Remember you hired them for a reason, either it was because you already have worked with them or they came highly recommended to you. Just be yourselves and enjoy the time together celebrating your love!! I hope that I was able to help you in your preparation for your engagement session. And if your interested in booking your engagement session email me at email@example.com. I would love to shoot your engagements!!! Don’t forget to keep checking back for more bridal tips and how to make the best of your photography experience!!