With the warmer arriving (thank goodness!!), I feel like not only wedding season is here but engagement season as well! I absolutely LOVE engagement sessions because it allows me to get to know my clients even more – especially before the wedding day arrives! ANNNNDDD we have tons of fun – I promise! I could go on and on about the importance of e-shoots…I think I’ll need to write a separate blog post about all of that!
Let’s get back to business…
I want to preface by saying that even though I’m sharing my 5 best tips for preparing for your engagement session the most important thing to me is that you have FUN and are yourself! The five items below are what I get asked the MOST – what a better way to answer the questions than with a blog post, of course!
Below, I’ll walk you through 5 helpful tips to keep in mind when prepping for your upcoming engagement session!
1. What to Wear
This is the most common question I’m asked, so that’s why it’s at the top of the list! When picking out an outfit make sure you’re keeping three things in mind:
2. Location & Time
This is the second most asked question I receive! Location is SO key! Pick a spot that has meaning to you but also has tons of light!! If you’re unsure and open to locations, always ask your photographer! We (photographers) totally have some hidden gems up our sleeves and most definitely have a list of our favorite places to shoot!! Never hesitate to ask!
Now onto time! My favorite time to shoot is during golden hour! Either two hours after sunrise or two hours before sunset! The light is SO dreamy! Golden hour doesn’t last forever so make sure you arrive on time to your engagement session This allows your photographer to capture so many more portraits, in addition to spending as much time together as possible!
3. Hair & Makeup
Girl – you deserve to treat yourself! Even though these images obviously aren’t your wedding images, your engagement should be celebrated in every way possible! You’ve invested hours of prep work, time and money into finding a photographer who is a perfect fit to capture not only your wedding day, but your exciting season of being engaged as well!
This doesn’t need to be an extra cost to you at all! I usually encourage my clients to schedule their wedding hair/makeup trial to take place on the same day! That way, you’re able to see how your makeup will look like in images prior to your wedding day!
4. Clean your ring!
During your engagement session, I’ll be sure to get beautiful shots of your engagement ring! Having your ring cleaned ahead of time adds a little more sparkle to the images! And who doesn’t want to wear a shiny ring on their finger?!
5. Make it a Date!
Back to the fun I mentioned above, make your engagement session a date! Don’t overbook your schedule to do anything else on the day of your engagement session other than spending time together! You’re already busy planning so much for your wedding day, why not take a day off for yourselves!
PREPPING FOR YOUR ENGAGEMENT SESSION
APRIL 9, 2020
Now that you have picked a date, a photographer and probably a venue as well, you can celebrate! Those are some of the toughest decisions in wedding planning and you can cross them off your list! Hooray!! Now onto the fun stuff…. like your engagement session! I include engagement sessions in The Wedding Experience because I truly believe that they are a VITAL part of the entire process. During your engagement session, you’ll have the chance to get to know me, experience how I shoot and how I handle posing and lighting. This session will make a HUGE impact on how the wedding day flows. I’ll arrive on your wedding day already knowing how you two interact, what your best poses are and how to photograph you in a genuine way! What I will learn about you during your engagement session is invaluable! You will feel like such a pro on your big day because of the great practice you had during your engagement session, and that’s how it should be!
It’s always a little intimidating to have your picture taken …. even if it’s just a photo on an iphone that is taken by a friend. We still want to look nice, make sure nothing is in our teeth and that our hair is behaving! I realize that preparing for your engagement session can be a little overwhelming. Here are some tips for outfits, handling nerves and recommendations that will make your shoot the best it can possibly be!
THE BASICS + WHAT TO BRING
TIMING | The sun sets quickly especially if your shoot is not in the summer months. The later you arrive, the less time we have to shoot! Once the sun is set, the shoot will be over.
RING CLEANING | Clean the ring! I love to shoot a few rings shots while you change outfits! The cleaner the better.
CHANGING CLOTHES | As much as I would like to say that there are always restrooms for outfit changes, more often than not, my clients do quick outfit changes in their car if there are no other options!
POCKETS | Empty your pockets! Literally. You don’t want to have key chains or phones showing through your pockets. (This is for the guys especially!)
DEEP BREATHS | I’m going to help you along the way and it’s going to be a blast! Enjoy this time together, and make a date out of it! Plan dinner afterwards and celebrate!!
CLOTHING | I’ll explain this more in-depth in the next few pages but generally, my couples like to bring one casual outfit and one dressier outfit! If you’re unsure about a few pieces, feel free to bring all options and I can help you decide.
LIP COLOR & HAIRSPRAY | You may need to apply more lip color after one outfit change and a few kisses. (If you have a bold lip color, try to have a matte finish so it won’t transfer to your groom as intensely!). Hairspray and a brush will be helpful if your hair struggles in the humidity!
FLIP FLOPS | If you’re wearing shoes that are difficult to walk in but look awesome, bring some comfy shoes to change to while we walk to each shooting location!