ENGAGEMENT SESSION TIPS If you want your pictures to really showcase your love story, we have some ideas to help you plan the perfect engagement session. Let us help you prepare for your session by sending us over the answers to the following questions:
Where did you first meet? If you want to add some sentimental value to your session, tell me about how you first met. If it was at a local place, we can stop by during your session and recreate the scene.
What do you like to do together? What kinds of activities do you enjoy doing together? This will help us to create memorable photos for you. Do you love riding your bikes together or racing model airplanes? Do you go to the park and push each other on the swings or playing laser tag together? Tell us your hobbies and we will try to incorporate them.
Where/how did he propose? We would love to recreate this moment for you during your session. This is the moment you decided to spend the rest of your lives together. This is important, especially if we were not able to capture this moment as it was actually happening. We want you to be able to share your proposal story with photos to go along with it!
What are your common interests? By informing us of your interests, we can add a more personal touch to your photos. Are you both fans of the same sports team? Are you really into comic books or video games? Do you work in the same profession?
Do you have any pets together? If so, they make a perfect addition to your session. We welcome your pets in your e-session.
Do you have ‘a spot’? You know that place where you always wind up going on date night? Where was your first kiss? What is your favorite hang out spot? Tell us your favorite go-to locations and we can check them out to see if they would be good spots for a photo shoot.
When planning your engagement session, you want to get the timing just right and there are many factors to consider during this process. We’re here to help! Here’s a list of things you need to take into consideration when picking a session date:
If you are going to display your engagement photos at your wedding, and you are doing outside portraits, try to plan your engagement session in the season that you are having your wedding. This way, it matches your wedding décor.
Keep in mind that whenever you are planning your portraits is probably a busy season for photographers. Be sure to book early so you can get a good spot. You also need to remember that if you’re doing outdoor photos, you have to cater to the weather. Sometimes the weather is crazy and we have to reschedule. We’ve had clients have to reschedule four times before due to rain, etc. Be sure to book a backup date in case your first one gets rained out.
Remember that you and/or your fiancé may need to take some time off of work for the session. We may not have any availability when you’re available because, even though we try to be accommodating, we don’t shoot every day or may already be booked on your day off.
Book early enough to use your photos for Save the Date cards, etc. Don’t forget about editing, printing, and mailing times. Allow enough time for the whole process and still have them to your guests on time.
If you’re doing a slideshow at your wedding and want to use your engagement photos in it, don’t wait until a month before your wedding to take your engagement photos and then stress and worry as you try to hurry to get them back and into the presentation. You have to allow editing time in your schedule.
WHAT TO WEAR Finding Your Engagement outfit Style doesn’t have to be stressful. We’re here to help! Use your clothing to express your interests and hobbies as a couple. The key is to look inward and to consider your hobbies and interests. From there, you’ll be able to find your engagement style and incorporate it into your outfits seamlessly.
Think about your respective, and shared, hobbies and passions. For example, do you both love music? Or maybe you love to go dancing. If you like to dress up and go dancing, you can dress the part in your photos.
Are you into sports? If you are super into sports, show some team spirit in your outfits. you can dress up in your favorite team’s jerseys or other team swag.
Your respective professions can definitely contribute to your e-session style. Is he a firefighter? A police officer? Or a musician? Whatever the case may be, incorporate your professional lives into your outfits. Maybe it’s as simple as incorporating a firefighter helmet.
If you’re having a vintage wedding, you can go along with that theme with your attire to coordinate your engagement outfits with your wedding theme.
You want to look like the best version of yourself on your session day. After all, all these photos will be seen by your friends, family and coworkers. Here are a few tips and tricks where beauty and fashion are concerned.
Choose two to three outfits to wear during your session and lay them out so they are ready to go. Make sure they are clean and wrinkle-free.
Also, don’t forget to pack any accessories you’ll want for each outfit – jewelry, scarves, belts, etc. Bring matching socks/tights, and shoes for each outfit if one pair won’t go along with all of them.
Makeup reads differently on camera than it does in real life. we recommend hiring a professional makeup artist who knows just what to do. MUAs know which shimmery shadows will photograph weird and what colors to avoid for photos. Most importantly, they also help you look your best.
Get your hair cut about one to two weeks prior to your session. Don’t drastically change it from your normal style in case you don’t like it. Have the hair stylist show you some easy styles you can do during outfit changes to switch it up a bit.
For guys don’t forget to shave away any stubble from your face and neck prior to your session. think about all the details: nails, hair, teeth, skin. Use a whitening toothpaste in the weeks leading up to your session, really look after your skin and don’t pick (we do offer free blemish touch up, though), Get a manicure the day before or day of your session to ensure your nails look their best. Don’t forget that the color needs to match all of your outfits. For this reason, and to keep a clean appearance, we suggest going with the French manicure or just a clear coat of paint. If you’re wearing open toes, spring for the pedi, too.
Get a good night’s rest the night before so you can look well rested for your session.