I love engagement sessions!! Not only is it a great opportunity for us to get to know our clients, it’s also a time for us to just have fun. There’s no pressure of getting to a wedding reception or worry about a timeline. It’s an opportunity for you and your fiancé to get professional photos of you while you’re not in your wedding dress and a tuxedo. It’s also a great way to get used to being in front of the camera for your wedding day since you’ll know exactly what to expect.
We have a lot of engagement sessions coming up this fall so I wanted to share some tips that’ll help you plan out your engagement session:
1. Location – Pat and I always let our couples pick their engagement locations. That way they pick somewhere that really represents who they are as a couple. Sometimes the location has a special meaning or sometimes they just love the look and feel of where they chose. We’ve photographed everywhere from peace pagodas to a lighthouse on the beach or even on farms (with permission of course). We love them all!
2. Time of day – We start engagement sessions about 2 hours before sunset. That is when the light is the best. That said, the light does fade very quickly so it’s really important to be on time. The entire session will last about 90 minutes.
3. Outfits – Oh man the outfits! One of the hardest parts for a girl. There are a few basic suggestions we tell people but none of them are hard rules. One is that you should bring two different outfits, one casual and one a bit dressier. We suggest that you don’t wear anything with a big pattern; it distracts from your face in the photos and we don’t want that! Instead, accessorize with a large necklace, a cute scarf or a colorful pair of heels; anything that will add a pop of color to your photos. You also don’t have to be matchy matchy with your fiancé. Instead of matching, think of colors that complement each other.
4. Hair & Makeup – Some girls use this day as their trial run for hair and makeup. Even if you don’t do that, we do suggest getting it professionally done. You’ll be so happy you did! If you do end up doing it yourself, remember to wear a bit more makeup than you usually do so it shows up in your photos.
5. Grooms – The guys are typically less enthusiastic about getting their photos taken and we completely understand. Pat was not jumping for joy the day we got our engagement photos done! To get him to feel better about having his picture taken, have him look over some of our engagement photos to get a feel for what he’ll expect. Once he knows what he’s in for, he’ll feel better.
6. Relax – There are no expectations for you to be model status, only for you two to have a good time. Be open to doing some creative things with us and trust that we’ll get some amazing photos of you! Instead of trying to replicate another photo that’s all over Pinterest, it’s better to capture who you two are as a couple and have genuine moments with each other. That way there’s no pressure to live up to another couple’s photos and you can just be yourselves. The less pressure, the more you’ll relax!