You're recently engaged and want to shout it from the rooftops, right? Congratulations! Whether you've already booked an engagement session or you're wondering how necessary it really is, you've come to the right place. Perhaps your fiance hates photos and isn't too keen on the idea. It's not everyone's cup of tea, and that's just fine. Is it really important, anyways? We think so. In fact, most of our wedding packages include an engagement session. For starters, it gives us a great opportunity to get to know you a little before your wedding day arrives. Engagement photos capture the true essence of who you are as a couple without all of the bells and whistles. They really add life to Save the Dates, and a lot of couples choose to display them at their wedding reception. If it's something you decide to do to commemorate your engagement, we have a few tips to prepare you for your session.
Dressing for Your Session
Coordinate your looks, but don't overthink it. You don't want to be too matchy-matchy (technical term), but your outfits should complement one another. Avoid lots of patterns and logos if they don't hold special meaning to you. They can be distracting, and you should be the main focal point in your photos. Many couples decide on dressy attire for their photos, but don't be afraid to be yourselves. If jeans and t-shirts are more your style, embrace it! We recommend two outfits for your engagement session - one dressy and one casual.
What's Important to You
What interests do you share as a couple? Is there a certain place that has special meaning to you? Are you huge fans of a certain sports team? Students or alumni of the same college? Include it in your session! Don't be afraid to bring props or request a location for your shoot. This is about the two of you. Let your personalities and passions shine.
Let Your Photographer Know What You Want
If there are certain poses or shots you really want, let your photographer know. We love Pinterest for these sorts of things. Look around for inspiration, and make notes of what you like. A week or two before your session, send us a message with any must haves. Also, if you strongly prefer either candids or posed photos over the other, say so. We will work to capture both, but if you let us know your preference we can focus our attention accordingly.
Attention to Detail
One commonly overlooked focal point in engagement photos is your hands. We want to capture that gorgeous ring! Most jewelers will clean your ring for you while you wait. Also, you might consider a manicure before your session to get your hands "picture perfect."
Best Time for Outdoor Photos
The most flattering light happens during the first hour after sunrise and during the last hour or two before sunset. This is because the sun is low in the sky, producing a softer, more flattering light than the harsh midday sun. Don't fret if this doesn't work with your schedule. We are well versed in capturing the best photos at any time of day. Also, don't be too disappointed if you find on the day of your session that the sky is overcast. This also helps to soften the light, and you won't find yourself struggling not to squint.
Important Things to Remember the Night Before and Day of Your Session
Get a good night's sleep, and skip the hangover. You want to avoid bags under your eyes on the day of your engagement session.
Bring a small mirror for any necessary touch-ups during your session.
Leave your purse, phone, and anything else in the car that you don't want in your photos or that might be bulky in your pockets.
Looking for more? Visit our Engagement Collection page, or give us a call at the studio!