Joshua and I have our engagement photo session next week! It’s exciting to be on the other side of the camera – and I’m doing my best to take my own advice when it comes to prepping for the session. I have a few tips to share with you!
- Take time to pick out outfits that you’re comfortable in – it adds a bit of your personality to the photos. Also make sure the outfits complement each other.
- Ladies, wear your hair down. It gives your man the opportunity to play with it or fix it during the session.
- Be extra touchy. It will feel silly at first, but this is your chance to get comfortable in front of your photographer before the wedding day. Try Eskimo kisses, tickling, snuggling extra tight. Those romantic shots are the ones you’ll treasure most.
- Don’t be afraid to be silly. Dance together, chase each other, laugh A LOT.
- Your outfit should make you feel like a total babe – so there’s no need to ask the photographer to photoshop anything. You’re perfect just the way you are.
- Look at photo ideas beforehand so you and your fiancé are comfortable with poses. If the photographer sets you up in a way you feel is awkward, just tell them.
Most of all – enjoy your time together! There’s no need for perfection – just relax!
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Are you looking for a unique and unexpected, yet absolutely beautiful location to take your engagement photos? Consider visiting a greenhouse with your photographer. Not only will you get tons of greenery and flowers, the lighting is to die for!
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Having engagement photos taken is such a great way to capture a little piece of who you are as a couple during this special time of your life. These photos can become just as special as your wedding-day portraits, and may be more prominently displayed throughout your home. Brian and I often forget to grab a photo together, especially during events where we actually find ourselves dolled up, so I was very excited to have a set of professional photos together.
Leading up to our engagement photo shoot, I had made sure Brian got a fresh haircut, booked my makeup trial for the day we would be taking pictures and we picked out different outfits to wear. I knew I would want each outfit selection to lend itself to a different overall feel. I used the guidelines of having a classic casual outfit, timeless formal attire and one look that was more on-trend with today’s current styles. This way, I knew I would love our selections now and for many years to come.
When the time came, we were nervous, but Daniel of The Mullers made us feel completely comfortable and talked us through the experience the entire time. Just moments into the shoot, Brian and I were simply having so much fun! We are so excited to have these great photos to look back on for our entire lives. Plus, having this preview experience has us feeling infinitely more relaxed and excited for the many photos to come on our wedding day!
Engagement photos are one of the most fun events leading up to your wedding! I was particularly excited because my fiancé and I don’t have any professional photos together, and this will be our first foray behind the expert lens. I think engagement photos say a lot about you as a couple! Are you a nature-loving couple or city-dwellers? Would you rather spend a Saturday in jeans, curled up under an oak tree with your trusty Labrador or get dressed to the nines and hit up the new piano bar in town? There are so many opportunities to get creative and express yourselves that I think I almost prefer looking at my friends’ engagement photos than their wedding album – not that I don’t enjoy catching a candid photo the photographer took of me desperately attempting to line dance and failing miserably. Here are a few tips to help make the best of your engagement photos:
- Consider the setting when picking your outfits. Black might be slimming and look great, but it won’t do you the justice you deserve if you’re posing among a garden of bright flowers. Think seasonally appropriate!
- Comfort is key. If you feel like a particular outfit requires you to suck in your stomach and contort your poses, rethink that option. You don’t want to be constantly readjusting your clothes because the look of discomfort will be obvious even with the most beautiful of smiles!
- Play off your surroundings. Are you doing your photo shoot at the beach? Ditch those stilettos for a pair of flip flops! You don’t have to go for a full-on costumed theme, just remember to keep an air of being natural in your surroundings and you’ll really shine!
- Dress on the same scale. This sounds obvious, but I’ve seen it happen! Even if it’s something you would normally wear, dressing in a cocktail dress while your fiancé is in jeans and cowboy boots comes across as non-cohesive.
- Consider using a sentimental location. Did you and your fiancé have your first date at a café down the street? Let your photographer know, and they most likely will be more than willing to accommodate a change of setting!
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Do you want to do your engagement session in the cold of winter? We love this idea of having your engagement session on the ice! What a sweet way to capture your love for one another – plus a few silly outtakes!
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