As we head into engagement season, I thought it would be a good idea to talk about engagement sessions, and how to make the best of yours! For most people, an engagement session is the first time they’ve been professionally photographed since their high school senior photos, and it can be a little intimidating! Every couple wants an engagement session that represents them, and is unique to their relationship. And we can’t forget about Save The Dates– a great engagement photograph is a must-have for that! As a photographer, we are here to help you feel comfortable, and help you in any way that we can. However, there are things that you and your fiance can do as well to ensure that your engagement session is everything that you wanted, and that you love your photos. The first half of this series will be posted on my blog, and next week you can find the rest of our tips on Wedding Paper Diva’s blog!
Location, location, location.
In my experience, this has to be one of the most pondered subjects amongst my clients when it comes to engagement sessions. It’s easy to get confused about what you want, where you want to shoot, how many places you want to go, etc. And I am here to tell you one thing- choose ONE location, and make it a simple one; a big open field, a forest with great light, an old empty warehouse with lots of windows, etc. Choose something that’s not going to deflect from you and your fiancé in your photos. Simple always photographs the best. It can be tempting to want to shoot in a few different locations- a unique part of town, a certain park, then go downtown. The only problem with that, is that you’re constantly moving around, choosing a different space to shoot, driving around, etc. Not only are you losing time and light, but it takes you out of the moment. It’s my goal to help you and your fiancé channel your love for each other, and get you into romance mode. When we’re constantly moving around and thinking about the technicality of the shoot, it tends to snap you out of that romantic mood, and you’re constantly having to work to get back to that.
Make it unique.
This is your shoot! It should reflect your relationship and how you guys feel about each other. Bring one or two things to your session that are sentimental to your relationship. Maybe it’s a blanket you sat on together on your first date, or a certain bottle of wine that’s your favorite, or something from your favorite bakery. Maybe you write a little love note to slip to your fiancé during your session. Most importantly, bring your love! Remember what these photos are about, and don’t be afraid to be romantic and in the moment with your honey during your session.
It’s all about the light.
Shooting in the evening right before the sun goes down is almost always the best time to shoot (unless you want to wake up for a sunrise shoot!). When the sun is lower in the sky, the light is much softer, warmer, and flattering. Shooting in the middle of the day isn’t out of the question, but can restrict where you shoot, and your photographer may be a little more selective about location. Great light is SO important, so trust your photographer to choose the best time of day, and the best light once you’re at your location.
What to wear.
This is probably the second most asked question I get from clients, and my answer is always the same- wear something classic and timeless! The last thing I want, is for you to look at your photos in 10 years and hate what you wore because it was something trendy at the time. Wear something that you’re comfortable in and can move around in. If you’re uncomfortable with your outfit, it’s sure to show in your photos. Be sure you can sit down, lay down, and move around in whatever you choose. Some photographers allow for multiple outfits- I usually have my clients bring one or MAYBE two, just so we don’t break up the session too much. Feel free to bring a chance of accessories such as a scarf or necklace for yourself, or a vest or sweater for him to slip on or off quickly. Consider how your photos will look in print or for your save the dates- choose something that’s not going to restrict you when picking out your design or stationery!
That wraps up the first half of this blog series! The second half of this blog will be up on The Wedding Paper Diva’s blog later next week- stay tuned! Happy Engagement Season!