You're ENGAGED! Now what.....
CONGRATS! I am assuming you're recently engaged and planning out your engagement session. But whether you’re engaged already or you think the big question may be coming soon, I want to offer a few tips I have learned over the years for nailing your engagement photos. From what to wear to where to go, keep these 5 things in mind before your upcoming photo shoot!
When Should you take your Engagement Photos
First off before we get started engagement photos should be taken within 1-2 months of getting engaged before you get carried away with wedding planning. After you get engaged, you should hire a photographer right away to take your engagement photos so you don't have to worry about them later on in the wedding journey.
1. Wear something you’re comfortable in.
You’ve probably read or heard this tip before, but it really is SO important. If you choose clothes that are too tight or clingy, you’ll spend your whole session picking at them or covering up.
Choose outfits that make you feel like you're on top of the world. Choose outfits that complement Each Other, But Don't Match! To do this tie everything together with a color scheme. I always love going on Pinterest and looking at color schemes. Possibly incorporate your wedding color scheme. As much as you consider how your engagement outfits make you feel, think also about how they’ll photograph during your session. For the ladies, I recommend choosing pieces that flow nicely as you move. Guys I always recommend casual but not TOO casual. Think V-necks with blazers or a jean jacket.
2.CHOOSING THE RIGHT LOCATION
There are so many places to choose from. I always tell the couple to choose a location that describes them. Consider who you are as individuals and as a couple. When you're coming up with a plan for your session, think about what would most represent you. Once you describe to me who you are as a couple I can even choose the location. Here a just a few examples below.
- Nature/natural:A park with lots of green grass and tall trees. Giving a more natural feel to the photos.
- High fashion/urban: This is definitely in a busy neighborhood or downtown area with lots of big buildings, reflective windows, and metal accents. Giving lots of contrast to the photos and the look and feel of a busy city.
- Mountains: Beautiful backdrops of mountains and trees. Gorgeous cliffs with the sunsetting in the background.
- Meaningful location to the client: Yes, this is an option as well! Especially for engagement sessions because it can be really meaningful to have the photo session at a location where you met, or where you got engaged, or simply where you spend a lot of time together.
If you're planning to wear makeup, use products formulated for photography. I highly reccomened using a makeup artist. Not only because they know how to do makeup specifically to be photographed but because you tend to feel your best when someone professional does your makeup. If you choose to do your own makeup you can always watch a few videos or read a few articles on best makeup products to use when being photographed.
4.Strike A POSE
Just kidding! BE YOURSELF. The best photos are just photos of you holding each other. Looking into each others eyes, holding hands while walking, dancing. They are just so many things. If you haven’t spent a lot of time in front of a camera (and let’s face it – who has?), you may be pretty nervous or become stiff during your shoot. A quick way to loosen up while still getting great photos is to go in for a kiss! This can help you connect with your partner and forget the camera is even around, which makes for more natural photos anyway. A lot of times we can get so caught up with our day to day lives that it is actually very nice to relax and just hug your partner and you can see that in photos.
5.THE RIGHT LIGHT
You may have heard that there are certain times of the day that are better for photos and that’s all because of the light! Golden hour, which is that beautiful time of day just before the sun sets is when you want to shoot if you’re looking for that glorious, golden light in your photos. It’s important to be aware of when the sun is going to set (you can check your weather app to find this out!) so that you have plenty of time to shoot before the light is gone. The early afternoon may sound like a good time for photos schedule-wise, but keep in mind that the light is much harsher at this time because the sun is directly overhead. Early, early morning light can also be magical, so you may want to consider a sunrise session where you arrive at your first location just as the sun starts to rise.
Goodluck! I am sure your session is going to be perfect!
XOXO - Alissa