So how can you make your engagement photo session fun, personal and get the most out of it as a newly engaged couple? Check out these five helpful tips!
Most couples typically bring two outfits each to the photo session, one casual and one that is dressier. Rather than trying to match outfits with your fiancé, try to coordinate instead. You don’t want to look too “matchy” in your photos. Avoid tiny patterns as they won’t show up in the photos and stay away from loud patterns and logos as they can be distracting and date your photos faster. Whatever you choose to wear, it’s important that you feel comfortable and look like you!
Most men typically do not know what to expect, going into an engagement photo session. Your fiancé is most likely expecting a few pictures of the two of you smiling at the camera, showing off the ring and that’s it! He may think it’s a little strange when your photographer tells the two of you to “nuzzle” or get close. Since you know your fiancé better than anyone else, it’s important that you help prepare him for the shoot. I suggest sitting down with him before your shoot and showing him 3-5 of your favourite engagement sessions that your photographer has done to give him a better idea of what he’s about to experience.
Many brides-to-be opt to have their makeup and hair trial done right before their photo session so they can see how their hair and makeup will look and photograph before the big day. This is not a requirement, but it’s always fun when the bride gets her hair and makeup done! Plus, your makeup artist will know what products photograph best. Lastly, most photographers will be taking a ring shot. Be sure to get a manicure before your shoot so that chipped nail polish doesn’t take away from your shiny new ring. And if your diamond could use a little cleaning, be sure to shine it prior to your shoot!
As most photographers are 100% dependent on natural light and the sun, this is extremely important. If you and your fiancé show up late to your shoot, you will lose that amount of time during your session due to lack of light. Of course, things happen that are often out of our control such as traffic and accidents, but try to factor all of that in and leave with plenty of time to arrive to your shoot on time so you don’t miss out on any sunlight!
When it comes to picking the location of your shoot, choose a location that has meaning to you or a spot where you and your partner feel comfortable. As far as time of day goes, the best time to shoot is typically 2 hours after sunrise or 2 hours before sunset. This applies to any time of year.
As you and your fiancé prepare for your engagement photo session, remember that your photographer does not expect you to be a pro at this. Relax and trust your photographer. They have worked with so many couples in a variety of styles and locations, so they know exactly what to do! Be yourself and have fun!