When you're getting ready for your engagement session, don't forget that this is supposed to be fun! Many of our couples naturally have questions about what to expect from their engagement shoot and how to prepare. We've collected a few of the most common questions and created some tips to help you feel comfortable and ready.
What to Wear?
Many couples choose to have two outfits, one casual and one that is more dressy. This can add more variety to your pictures. Another key to looking great in your photos, is to remember to COORDINATE instead of matching. Dresses or clothing with flowing fabric can add great movement. If possible, try to avoid small prints and patterns as these don't always translate well to photos. Also, remember that clothing with lots of writing or logos can be distracting. You may consider adding accessories with bright colors or some statement jewelry. These items can add that finishing touch to your look or be used to tie your outfits together. The most important thing when choosing an outfit is to feel comfortable and like YOU! If you feel awkward in your outfit, it can show.
Time & Location
We will work with you to set a time that fits your schedule, but ideally has great lighting. Often this is in the evening before the sun sets. We can help you to pick out the perfect location, or you can make suggestions of your own. We always encourage our couples to think about a place that is meaningful to them. It could be anything from where you had your first date, to a favorite hike. This helps make your shoot unique to you as a couple.
Be On Time
Once we've set a time together, stick to it! If you're late to your session you may lose time due to a lack of light. While we can work around this with additional lighting, beautiful natural light is ideal. We understand that sometimes things do happen that are beyond your control. If at all possible, try to be on time so you can get the most out of your session and catch that gorgeous sunlight!
Style & Appearance
The day of your engagement session is the perfect time to do your hair and makeup trial run. Not only do you get to test drive how your look appears in photos, it can also give you that salon-fresh boost of confidence for your session. Whether you choose to have your makeup done by a professional, or do it yourself, remember that slightly heavier eye makeup than you might typically wear can make your eyes POP in photos. Don't forget we will also be taking photos of your ring! Having neat nails and a clean ring can really make these shots shine.
We all see hundreds of those cute engagement photos with props on pinterest, but if you choose to use them, try to limit it to just a few that are personal to you. Too many props can be distracting from the real focus, YOU! Styles always change, so choosing props that mean something to you, or are a part of the wedding, prevents you from looking back on your photos down the road and wondering "What was I thinking!?" You might also consider bringing props that are practical for posing, such as a pretty blanket, umbrella, or cool couch or chair to sit on. We don't mind lugging around furniture for you to get that perfect shot!
Relax & Have Fun
This tip might just be the most important. Like we said at the beginning, this is supposed to be fun! We don't expect our clients to be professional models coming into the shoot. We'll take the stress out of posing and help you feel confident in what you are doing. So take a deep breath and trust us!