Preparing for your Engagement Session
Welcome, to my very first Blog Post!
I plan to share details of the many amazing wedding stories I have the privilege to be part of this year. I also want to include information and advice to help my brides through the planning of this amazing but at times overwhelming occasion!
I couldn't think of a better place to start, than with the very first point of contact I have with many of my brides and grooms. The Engagement Session. Here are a few tips and tricks based off my own experiences, as well as the experience and expertise of a couple amazing photographers I have followed and learned from, Jasmine Starr and Katelyn James.
Preparing for your Engagement Session
My goal is to make your engagement session a FUN experience, where we capture timeless images of the two of you being in love. I want you to choose a beautiful location where you feel comfortable and can act like yourselves. This shoot is also great opportunity for us to get to know one another, interact together, and learn what to expect so by your wedding day you are PROS. I put together a little list of things you can do to make sure you have the best session possible.
Be on Time: This is really important. I plan my sessions around the best lighting possible. The best time to capture beautiful portraits is the hours nearest sunrise and sunset. With some exceptions in large cities full of sky scrappers and rainy days where you don't see the sun. What most couples don’t realize is that natural light photographers are 100% dependent on the sun and if their couples show up late, they will lose that amount of time during their session due to the lack of light.h Things will happen beyond our control but if at all possible, try to be on time so that you don’t lose any of your shooting time and pretty sunlight!
Outfit styles: Most couples have two outfits, one casual and one that is dressier. The BEST advice I can give about outfit selection would be to try to COORDINATE instead of matching. Try to avoid distracting patterns, or clothes with large logos. Also, bold jewelry, scarves, and colored shoes photograph really well! Make sure you look like YOU and feel comfortable!
Location: The most important thing is that you feel comfortable and feel like you can be yourselves here. If the location has a special meaning to the two of you that is even better, I love shooting different creative locations. You get up to one location change, if needed, keeping in mind travel time between locations. Also you are responsible to check ahead of time if your location has a shooting fee or requires special photography permits. I am always able to give suggestions on previous locations I have shot as well.
Hair & Make-up Some brides opt to have their hair and makeup trial done right before their engagement session so that they can see what their makeup will look like in pictures before the wedding day! I highly recommend this! Who doesn’t feel beautiful and confident with their make up done? If you want to do your own makeup, make sure you pay special attention to your eyes, do not put your eyeliner on too thick, I love dramatic beautiful eyes but you need to be careful to not get a black hole effect, we want to be able to see them sparkle!
Preparing your Fiancé: You know your groom better than anyone else and so only you can help prepare him for this shoot. Your fiance’ may be completely unaware of what to expect, I suggest sitting down with him and showing him some of your favorite engagement pictures on Pinterest or from my own engagement galleries. As you are looking over your favorite images he will be able to start seeing your vision and understand the importance to you. It will also help him feel more confident behind the camera if he understands the look we are aiming to create.
Remember to relax as you’re preparing for your engagement session. I don’t expect you to be a pro at this. I work with normal, everyday couples. We will start out slow and take our time until you and your groom are at your best and feeling comfortable behind the camera. I hope this information will help us to have an amazing photoshoot!