4 TIPS FOR PERFECT ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS
You're well into wedding planning. You've done your research, picking out the best vendors to help make your day memorable. Now, it's time for your engagement session. It can seem daunting to be in front of the camera, but with the right mindset you will be set to rock your engagement session.
I'm a big believer that while the internet is going to tell you 100 different things to think about, the most important things is that you want your engagement photos to truly reflect you – so do what you feel is best and you are most comfortable with and if that means ignoring everything I am about to tell you, then so be it! Either way, let's get started - here are 4 tips for perfect engagement photos.
1. CHOOSE A LOCATION THAT'S SPECIAL TO YOU
While photographers have a million different places they could take your photos, choosing a location that’s special to you adds another level of depth and emotion to your session. Some ideas include having the session at home, either just hanging out or doing an activity together - like cooking or baking or having a glass of wine or snuggling in bed. Taking the photos at a family cottage, on your favourite trail, or a restaurant that you frequent are also great ideas. The possibilities are endless – don’t be afraid to think outside the box! It’s also ok to just tell us to choose a location!
2. WEAR CLOTHES THAT BEST REFLECT WHO YOU ARE
Ultimately, you want the photos to reflect your unique relationship, and keeping your outfits as close to who you are is best. That being said, you also want to choose outfits you will look back on 10 years from now and have no regrets about wearing. If you’re a plain white t-shirt and jeans kind of couple, wear it! But also keep in mind that you’re going to look back at these photos for years, so you may want to consider bringing a second, more formal outfit as well.
3. OUTSOURCE/ASK FOR HELP
Having your hair and makeup done for photos is by no means necessary, but if doing your own hair and makeup is going to cause you a lot of stress, you may want to consider it. On the other hand, going back to tip #1 – if you feel like you’re not going to look like yourself if you’re all dolled up, opt not to have it professionally done! It can be nice to have a little bit of pampering amid the stress of wedding planning – so why not get your nails done too while you’re at it!
4. RELAX AND HAVE FUN!
Okay, I know this is easier said than done. It’s totally normal to feel nervous in front of the camera. I know how awkward it can feel, and trust me, I much prefer to be behind the camera than in front of it. It’s ok that you’re not models and by no means are you expected to be!
It’s our job as photographers to guide you through the process. We have our methods to make you feel comfortable and invoke genuine laughter, and the best thing you can do is to embrace it and try not to think too much.
Also, while every photographer has a different style and method for posing and prompting, you don’t have to wait for your photographer to tell you exactly what to do. Every couple is different and will naturally interact with each other in different ways. Try to forget the camera is in your face and snuggle into each other, give your partner a smooch, try to make each other laugh, or hug them in the same way you would if you were at home, just the two of you. I have no doubt your photos will feel more authentic if you try to forget about the camera and just be you!
Well, I hope you find this helpful. If you're in doubt, email me and I would be happy to answer any of your questions!