Whether you just recently got engaged or are already a few months in to planning your dream wedding, CONGRATS!! This is such an exciting time in your life! From the pure joy and love to the overwhelming stress of preparing for the big day, your engagement is a roller coaster ride of emotions that should be enjoyed fully!
To help capture this special moment, you’ll most likely want a professional engagement photo session, which for some people might be a daunting task. From deciding location, what to wear, to the vibe of the shoot, you may not even know where to begin but I’ve come up with a few tips on how you can capture the most beautiful photos so you can actually enjoy this exciting time in you & your partners lives forever!
Make It Personal
To help guide you into figuring out the “type of couple” you are, asks yourselves what are the things you love doing most together. This will also help you to decide the location of the shoot! If you love the beach then plan a shoot at golden hour to capture a romantic setting. If you love just being home cuddling up on the couch watching movies, then shoot in the comfort of your own home! You can even go back to a place that has sentimental value such as where you first met or got engaged. The important thing is that you make it personally relevant to who you are as a couple.
This goes right along with the tip above, but my favorite things for couples to do is to have a blast during their engagement session. I love when couples think out of the box and make a date out of it. Whether it’s going to a fair or carnival while it’s in town, starting at your favorite coffee shop or brewery, including your dogs or pets in your session, a summer night at a baseball game, or grabbing ice cream, there’s all kinds of fun things you can work into your session to show all the fun things you enjoy doing together.
Choose Clothing That You’re Both Comfortable In
This will help play a huge role in putting you at ease during the shoot! By wearing something that you are both comfortable in, you’ll automatically feel confident and more relaxed when it comes time to be in front of the camera! It’s also ideal that your wardrobe compliments each other-if you decide to go for a beach theme shoot then maybe you choose a long, flowing dress for her and a pair of khakis and button down shirt in a complimentary for him. Your outfits don’t necessarily have to be so matchy-matchy, just make sure the colors and styles work well together.
Get To Know Your Photographer
I absolutely LOVE meeting my wedding couples before photographing them! And an engagement shoot is the perfect time for everyone to get to know each other and get comfortable. The more I know about my couple the easier it makes it for me to portray and capture their true essence. This helps tremendously to have the best experience ever!
This should really be tip #1 because without this factor there is no way you will capture the perfect engagement photos if you’re not your authentic selves no matter how good the location or clothing is! When the shoot day finally arrives, just focus on one another…leave all other stresses and worries behind and be present in the moment. I like to tell my couples to think of this session as them being on a date and completely disregarding that there’s even a camera around. Flirt with one another, be playful..or don’t, do whatever comes naturally to you guys! There’s no need for PDA if you guys aren’t big on that and there’s also no need to memorize any poses you may have seen on Pinterest. Trust your photographer, relax, have fun and enjoy the love you share as a couple together!
By following these simple tips, your sure to be effortlessly, beautiful engagement photos will be perfect for announcing to the world “WE’RE ENGAGED!” and are ideal for Save the Dates, your wedding website and great gifts for the family! Enjoy every single moment of this process and most importantly..have fun with it!!
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