Preparing For Engagement Session
Friends! Hi! So, you’ve booked your photographer (maybe one of us? 😉 ) and now you’re preparing for your upcoming engagement session. You might be nervous, maybe its “I’m awkward behind the camera”. I get it because I’ve been there! Below you will find some of my tips/tricks to help you plan the most epic engagement session, including a guide to picking clothing, how to relax, and fun spots to go too. I hope this guide helps you out and that you’re engagement session is the best!
Location, location location!!! Seriously, this is s o o important, I can’t stress it enough. Sure, a field is gorgeous, especially when we get STUNNING sunsets here. BUT I always recommend you try to pick a place that means something to YOU. We are created memories here, and how extra special are those pictures if they are somewhere special to you or your partner.
Some examples are:
– grandparents farm
– location you guys got engaged
– into golfing? lets go to the golf course
– avid hikers? lets go to the mountains.
If you are already one of our couples, you know that with all our packages we include an in home engagement session. These are probably my favourite, and I’d highly recommend them to anyone doing engagements. They really bring an intimate factor to the session, and they really open you and your partner up. They are the most fun, and I find people are the most comfortable in their own home.
Even I have had in home photos done, and I friggen loved them!! Thanks Dallas 😉 (see below, and the blog here)
Time Of Year
Ok y’all this is something I’ve just learned over this past season, time of year is SO important. At least for me personally. In winter you get white, everything is white, you are cold, and you’re likely not willing to wear a Dress or something adorable, as you don’t want to freeze. I’m not saying everyone has to wear a dress, but a lot of time people just bundle up in big jackets that aren’t the most flattering, and they can really make or break a photo.
So, my advice, if you’re going to do a winter shoot because you love winter and think it’s super romantic, please check out our Pinterest page here to get some good ideas on what to wear for your winter session.
Summer is always my recommendation, as normally we get WICKED sunsets, we can go in the water, and your options are ENDLESS when it comes to outfit ideas!
What To Wear
Ok, so I kinda already when on a little tangent on what to wear. Another thing I wanted to add about winter engagements, is try to wear a strong colour, (burnt orange, mustard yellow etc) to add some kind of colour to your pictures.
Be comfortable, and be you. but also try to remember that what you wear can really really change the look of your pictures. I don’t want to overwhelm you with a bunch of “rules” so I will link. our Pinterest page HERE that has a lot of idea options for every type of “style”
I do want to go over what NOT to wear, or what to avoid. T-shirts with logos on them. They really distract and pull all the attention on that one item. Another distraction is bright colours such as hot pink, lime green, etc. Even if its just a strip on a shoe, it will pull the attention to that item. Men (or women) try to avoid wearing baseball caps, especially if you’re not willing to take them off for a couple of pictures. A lot of the photos are going to be of you kissing, or close to your partner, beak hits are never fun! and they also hide your partner.
Finally, the day of preparation!
So the day for you shoot has come! Likely your shoot will be close to sunset, but always be a little prepared in case the weather takes charge and decides it wants to be super cloudy. This is a great day though to get a hair/makeup trial with your stylist! Its not necessary, but if you’re like me and want to have the best makeup. haha!!
My BIGGEST and most successful advise, have a few drinks. If you live close to your photographer, see if they can pick you up and take you to the location. Drinks definitely help A LOT. I would say some of my most gorgeous photos came after the couple had a couple shots. ( I’m not saying you need to be drunk, but have enough to loosen you up.) IT HELPS!!
Ask your photographer if they bring music, if they don’t, bring your own! it. helps during those awkward silences!
Most importantly, TRUST your photographer. Have fun. And don’t take it too seriously.