Congrats! You’ve said Yes, and have started creating a Wedding Pinterest Board, touring venues and checking out photographer’s work (Thanks for stopping by). As you scrolled through Pinterest you may have started dreaming up the engagement session you and your fiancé will have. There are a lot of reasons why taking engagement pictures is a great idea. First, it’s a way to share your love with your family and friends, happy moments that you’ll look back on for years, and a great way to get to know your wedding photographer. During an engagement session, you’ll get to vibe with your photographer and see how they work. Your photographer will also learn a lot about you as a couple, and the best way to capture your vibe (My Favorite thing to do!). Are you upbeat and spunky or more intimate and romantic? The more you learn about each other, the more natural and relaxed you’ll feel in front of the camera on your wedding day.
Every couple has a vibe and your engagement session should reflect it. A cozy and cuddle vibe is great for a picnic, walk in the park/beach or even an in home session. Up for an adventure, let’s do it! A hike anywhere from the mountains, desert and cliffs or even roller skating or surfing by the waves. If you can dream it, I can create it.
Choose your outfits that make you feel like a million bucks. It’s always best to bring two outfits-one casual and one formal. A casual outfit that you can accessorize with a hat, jewelry or shoes and that formal outfit within that picturesque location. If you’re buying an outfit, make sure you wear it beforehand to see if it’s something you’re comfortable in. If it’s too tight or too short, you’ll be pulling at it the day of your shoot and won’t feel comfortable. Take a couple selfies with it on to make sure you like the way it looks. This will leave you feeling confident, comfortable and enjoying the moments on the day of your shoot.
If you feel confident in hair and makeup you can skip this tip. However, if you’re like me and really never know what to do with your make up and hair you may want to look for a hair and makeup artist (I always hire them when I take photos too). Photos require your make up to be a bit more saturated so you don’t look washed out. It’s also a great day to do a hair and makeup consultation with your stylist.
Whenever possible, try to make your session during golden hour. Golden Hour is either one hour after sunrise or one hour before sunset. The lighting is magical with the sun rays peaking through and you’re usually not too cold or hot. If you’re choosing a tourist location, aim for a weekday rather than weekend. You’ll have the place to yourself and will feel more comfortable just being you during your shoot.
If you haven’t spent a lot of time in front of the camera (most couples haven’t) you might be pretty nervous about your session. A quick way to loosen those nerves while still getting incredible pictures is go in for a kiss. This will help you connect with your partner and makes your photos more natural.
P.S. -I love kissing pics so I’ll have you doing this whether your nervous or not.
This is YOUR day. Let me know what your partner’s favorite drink/snacks and music playlist are so I can have them ready for you with the music playing in the background. Make reservations at that spot you’ve been eyeing for some time or your favorite restaurant to continue the celebration after your session. Connect and enjoy the moments. You’ll be glad you did as you’ll have amazing photos to look back on and cherish forever.