Chances are if you're reading this, you're engaged! Congratulations! Marriage is the bomb. You're probably pretty excited to start planning your engagement session to commemorate this life changing event, and you might have a few questions along the way. Rest assured, everything you need to know about your engagement shoot can be found here. Let's go!
The first thing to consider when planning your engagement session is location. Location is key. You should pick your location based off of yourselves and what relates to you, your personalities, and even hobbies. Think about what you enjoy doing as a couple, or what place may be significant or special to you. A great question to ask your self is: What do you picture when you envision being on 'the perfect date'? Got that date in your head? Ok good, let's make it happen! Voila, you've found your location. If camping, hiking, adventuring, and nature lovin' is more your thing, I would suggest going with a more earthy terrain. Maybe an open field or a waterfall, a cozy cabin in the woods, boating on the lake, or a beautiful secluded garden. Maybe cute cafe's, cityscapes, and tall textured buildings are more your thing. In that case, consider a more urban background for your session. If you like something a bit more out of the ordinary, consider something fun + quirky like a carnival, a green house, the zoo, mini golf, an art museum, your favorite local burger joint, exc... The world is your oyster.
The outfits you pick will help define the feel/style of your engagement session. Be sure that your outfits compliment each other without being *too* matchy-matchy. Consider the colors you are putting together as well as the patterns. One rule of thumb I always suggest: if your partner is wearing a pattern, consider a solid (and vise versa). Have fun with your outfits and don't be afraid to accessorize. Fun socks, a quirky tie, your mother's jewelry, red lipstick, a fancy hair piece, or hat-- details make for great photos. You can even go all out and wear something fancy, crazy, or elaborately elegant that you might not wear on the average day! All these tips aside, the most important thing is that you are comfortable in what you're wearing and that you feel like *you*.
Still stuck? Check out my Pinterest board full of my favorite engagement shoot outfits to get inspired *HERE*
Sure it's a wedding photo, not an engagement photo, but it's one of my favorite examples of props done right. This couple loves hunting and they expressed it in the most tastefully, creative way possible by bringing along this really flippin cool skull and letting me run with some ideas. It has turned out to be one of my most well known images yet! Props are absolutely not necessary. Most couples opt out of props and that's totally ok! Props don't always have to be something of sentimental or of significant value. Sometimes they are just fun to have and add a really neat extra somethin-somethin to your session.
LIGHTING + TIME
The best time of day to take pictures is before 10am or after 6pm (depending on the month). Just about everything I ever photograph is taken during those time frames when the light is soft, even, and most flattering. Since not all of us are early birds (and who doesn't love a sunset?), I typically try to meet up with clients 1.5 hours before the sun sets so we can shoot right in the midst of the beautifully delicious golden hour. In the case that you are a morning person, sunrise/early morning sessions are totally an option. Good light is fleeting, and bad light can pretty much only get worse, so please understand how important it is to be on time for your session!
FINAL TOUCHES | THE DO'S & DO NOT'S
(A FEW LITTLE TID-BITS OF ADVICE, SPEAKING FROM EXPERIENCE)
-try to stray away from tanning 1-2 weeks before your scheduled shoot. A fake tan gone wrong can end up looking orange, and being a lobster on camera is no fun either. Same rules apply for trying out a new hairstyle or color job. Better safe than sorry!
-make sure any chipped nail polish is removed as it is sometimes distracting in photos.
-Makeup! Although I am a 100% advocate for the natural look, sometimes makeup is the way to go when you're getting special photos done. Not only does it make you *feel* glamorous, it also enhances the photos and really makes them pop! If you've got a little room in your budget, splurge on a make up artist-- i promise it is totally *worth*
I highly suggest Anna Sky Beauty if you are looking to get your makeup done-- she's amazing!
-We all love Pinterest but sometimes it can do more harm than good. Instead of drooling over/trying to memorize hundreds of poses, just try letting the moment flow naturally! It's a lot less stressful that way! Rest assured I won't leave you stranded there, awkwardly gawking at the camera. There will be plenty of authentic, fun, natural "poses" and it will be amazing. Trust me.