June 15, 2018
How To Prep For Your Engagement Photoshoot Session
Engagement photos are one of the greatest services you and your fiance can take advantage of prior to your wedding. Not only is this likely the first time you and your partner have been photographed together professionally, but it’s also a great opportunity to get to know your wedding photographer before the big day. The bonus of really great engagement photos is that you can use them for your save-the-dates and even display them at your wedding reception. While it may feel a little uncomfortable at first being in front of the camera, it’s important to remember to have fun. These photos will last a lifetime so let your love shine through the photos!
Here are a few tips to help you prepare for your photoshoot session
Pick out your outfits ahead of time.
Most couples typically have two separate outfits for their photos: one casual and one dressy. Rather than making sure that your outfit matches your partner’s, try to coordinate. Avoid tiny patterns as they won’t show up in your images. Bold jewelry, scarves, and colored shoes are great as they photograph really well. Most importantly, make sure that your outfit represents you and that you are comfortable in it!
Be on time.
Of course, things happen that are out of our control, such as traffic or accidents, but if at all possible, try to be on time to your session. Photographers depend on the sun and natural light and if their couple shows up late, they will lose that amount of time during their session due to lack of light. Your photographer might also have other commitments that day, whether it be another shoot or editing photos, so be considerate of their schedule.
Trust your photographer.
Being professionally photographed whether it’s for your engagement photoshoot or on your wedding day can feel a little uncomfortable. Trust your photographer and allow them to be creative and guide you. Remember, your photographer doesn’t expect you to be a pro at this. It takes a good 20 minutes to warm up at the beginning of your shoot. Relax and don’t be nervous!
Come camera ready.
If you’re doing your own makeup, be sure to apply your eye makeup a little heavier than you normally would for your pictures. Some brides plan to have their makeup trial done right before their engagement session so they can see what their makeup will look like in the pictures before the big day! Last but not least, if your diamond could use a little cleaning, be sure to give it a shine before your session. Part of the engagement photoshoot fun is being able to show off your beautiful engagement ring in the pictures!
Choose a location that suits you.
The location of your session is important as it will help determine the mood of your photos. Think about what works for you as a couple and choose a location that you’re drawn to. For example, if you and your fiancé are both coffee lovers, a cute little coffee shop might be an ideal location. Keep in mind the setting of your shoot and dress accordingly. If you’re going for an autumn/outdoorsy vibe in your photos, head into the forest dressed in plaid and jackets. If you’re going for a beachy vibe, consider a flowy dress that allows for a lot of movement.
From getting to know your wedding photographer to feeling more comfortable in front of the camera, there are so many reasons why an engagement photoshoot session is an important aspect of your wedding planning. While the idea of being behind the camera can be stressful, there are so many things you can do to prepare for your photoshoot session and come looking and feeling your best the day of. Have fun the day of your shoot and enjoy your time bonding with your partner. This is your chance to show off your love to your friends and family!