What Photographers Want You to Know About Engagement Photos
And with a blink of an eye, we're back in engagement season! With this special season comes engagement photos. While your wedding day photos will probably be most important, engagement photos are a close second. The excitement you and your significant other will have during your engagement is unlike any other, and you'll want to capture that for a lifetime. Plus, the engagement shoot is the ideal opportunity to get to know your wedding photographer—and get comfortable in front of the camera.
So while couples decide to spend the rest of their lives together, the wedding pros are gearing up for a busy season ahead. We chatted with our favorite photographer friends to help you prepare for the next step after you say yes: engagement photos! Here's what you should know before your engagement shoot.
"One of the best ways to achieve the perfect engagement session is to just RELAX! When you show up as yourself, and only yourself, the photographs always turn out to be the best. Don't pretend to be a model or pose like anyone else. When you come on set and let loose, when you are silly, or cry happy tears, those are the best moments. Those are the moments you will want to remember for eternity. One of my favorite things to do with couples is to have them write a little love note to the other person. Telling the other person why they fell in love, what a few of their favorite personal quirks are, and what they look forward to most about spending the rest of their lives together. Then I have them read the notes out loud to each other on set when we first start. It brings them back to remembering why they originally fell in love and how much that person means to the other. It gives them permission to be themselves, to have fun, and most importantly make the most of this once in a lifetime session with their one true love. Relax, let loose, be silly, and be your one and only self." – Sasha Danielle Photography
Pick a Meaningful Location
"Choose a location that is meaningful to you, whether it be your favorite cafe, your living room, your favorite park, or even your favorite street near your home. Going to a location that you are familiar with will lend a hand in helping with you acting natural in a common space. Visiting a favorite spot opens up the doors to interact with your partner in a natural way—whether it be walking together holding hands, sipping wine on the beach, or enjoying a cup of coffee together. Engagement sessions aren't just about showing off your new bling—it is an excellent opportunity to get real photos showcasing the small moments you share with each other. Being in an environment that cultivates laughter, smiles, and hugs that you share on the daily is really conducive to a successful engagement session." – Ren Davis of Studio 29 Photography
Trust Your Photographer
"Trust your photographer. While looking at inspiration on Pinterest can be fun, you don't want your photographer spending the entire session recreating a bunch of photos that have already been done before. You hired them because you love their work, and if you let your photographer have creative freedom, your photos will turn out 1,000 times better!" – Alyssa Armstrong Photography
Think About Colors
"Think about the end result when deciding what colors to wear. If you plan to use the images from your engagement session when sending out save-the-dates or displaying them at your wedding reception, wear colors that coordinate with your wedding color palette to maintain a cohesive look. Or consider wearing colors that pair well with your home décor if you intend to display them in your new home." – Kendall Lynnette Photography
Bring the Goods
"Let your personalities shine through and make your session even more personal by adding props to your session. Prop ideas should reflect your personalities and should be used to complement the story of your session. Consider your favorite pastimes or hobbies. If you ride your beach cruisers together on the weekends, why not include them in your session? Or, maybe your hubby to be is an avid classic car enthusiast? Why not bring a classic car to the shoot and drive off into the sunset? Don't be afraid to go the extra mile with your props, they will make your images more true & genuine." – Michelle Flores Photography