Here are some great Tips for your Engagement Session.
My favorite photos are the ones where the couple looks and feels like themselves. Wearing an outfit you’re comfortable in will only accentuate your style and personality. Whether you want to wear jeans and a t-shirt or a formal outfit, your happiness will show through and influence the overall mood in the photos. That being said, an engagement shoot is an opportunity to enhance your natural beauty. Think of it as a day where you and your significant other are out on a date and you both look your best.
And remember to bring options. You want to be able to change in case you change your mind, or in cases where we change locations, I always suggest bringing a second look so you essentially get two different photo shoots in one day.
2. Dress Same
On the day of your photo shoot, you should both look like you’re headed to the same place. Wear clothes that are on the same level of dressiness or casualness and which compliments the wardrobe of your fiance.
If you plan to wear makeup for your wedding day, this is a great time to coordinate a trial with your makeup artist. Getting your makeup done is a small investment that helps you feel confident — which definitely shows up in your pictures. Even if you don’t normally wear makeup, cameras have a sneaky way of picking up uneven tones on our faces. Plus flash eyelashes tend to look extra glamorous on camera
4. Time for the Engagement Session
Photography is all about having great light. You can manipulate a photo in Photoshop as much as you want, but if you have hard unflattering light, there’s not much you’re going to be able to do. I always schedule my engagement sessions about an hour to an hour and a half before the sun sets. That way you get that amazing afternoon light, an awesome sunset shot, and some night shots as well.
Scheduling it too early means you don’t get the changes in light and your entire engagement session looks like one long shoot. Whereas doing it near sunset you get two or three different looks as far as light goes.
We love props, but only if they make sense for your location. We don’t recommend bringing too many items, but unique things like flowers, mugs, initials & cards are always lovely. Especially if you’re looking to have your engagement featured. Wedding blogs love details, so anything truly unique and romantic is encouraged.
Probably about the most important part about your shoot will be the location you choose. If you guys have a spot that’s significant to both of you, whether it be where you met or where he proposed, or a place that you frequent together, that can be a great choice for your engagement session.
Also think of your surroundings when picking out colors for your outfit. If your photos are in a park, a green dress might camouflage you with the grass and trees. A subtle white color would pop against the green if you want to stand out. For a more subdued look, try a cool color like a blue, to differentiate from your surroundings. If you’ll be in more of an urban setting — let’s say in front of an abandoned brick building, avoid red & orange since that’s usually the color of bricks— try pastel colors to contrast with the gritty background.If you’re going to be shooting in a wheat field, try a casual sun dress or shirt and jeans. If your shoot is more formal — cocktail attire might be the way to go.
I love when couples show up with unique necklaces, earrings, watches, belts & shoes! If you do get the opportunity to have your engagement ring cleaned, we recommend it, especially since you know we’ll photograph that gorgeous ring! If the gents want to wear a snazzy belt & watch go for it! We do suggest polishing your shoes. You’d be surprised how many interesting detail shots are captured that compliment the rest of the engagement photos.
OK, so maybe this one is a little biased! However, sometimes I’ll see a scene completely different than what you’ll be seeing. So if your photographer suggest something, just trust them and go along with it. Remember you hired your photographer for the creativity and vision they have.
9. Remember to have FUN
While we know that most of you have never had a professional photo shoot before. This really is the best time to get to know your photographer and also have that alone time with you fiance. Enjoy every moment of it as we capture your laughter and smiles. An engagement session will not only prepare you for your wedding day photo shoot, but it will also be something else you can print and enjoy as you get even more excited for your wedding.
I hope this helps and as always if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to send them my way by using Contact Us option at the top and I will get back to you as soon as I can!
By Mohit Dasaur