Friends, I know we’re in the same boat – and can’t WAIT for spring and summer to be here. We’ve had a long winter! And suddenly, wedding season is upon us! How did that happen?! Hopefully the leaves will be back on the trees soon, and the flowers blooming in no time! The birds are chirping, so it can’t be THAT far away, right?!
These next few months are going to be FULL of so many beautiful engagements and weddings! I can’t wait to capture each story and be a part of each of these couples’ lives this year.
As I’ve been doing every year, I am so happy to post my best tips for a successful and beautiful engagement session! The location, the details, the outfits, all don’t just happen – they take planning. But all of you are so creative – I have no doubt we will plan sessions beautiful and so uniquely you!
Here are my most helpful tips as we envision your session
This is one of the most important considerations for the session. What you wear really impacts how you look and how the photograph looks as a whole! I always suggest 2 outfits; I suggest this 1. to give you more variety in images as you display them around the house; and 2. so you can experiment with 2 different “looks.”
The first look I suggest is a little formal; such as a spring or summer dress – short or long, heels or pretty sandals, and a big chunky necklace or earrings. If it’s a little cooler, definitely wear a cardigan or cute jacket over it. You can’t go wrong with layering!
The second look I suggest is more casual; (this is where the cute jeans come in); jeans, white or colored pants, with a nice top with accessories and a jacket.
As far as colors go, this is the time to be bold!! It’s spring and summer – that inspires fun colors all around! And cute patterns are great! Just make sure you don’t wear patterns that clash with each other. You and your fiancee should “go” with each other without being “matchy matchy.”
Consider colors that don’t wash out your skin tone but that compliments your coloring nicely.
Also, consider colors that will match the background of the shoot, time of year, and even bringing in hints of your wedding colors can be fun.
Try on your outfit before the session, and consider that you will be standing up and sitting down in a variety of poses. Make sure you’re able to move comfortably while it still looks cute!
Ladies, I know it sounds like a small detail, but it’s not. Makeup makes SUCH a difference in how you appear on camera. I know you’ve heard that actors and actresses wear heavier makeup under stage lights. Similar for you, it’s helpful to wear a little more makeup than you usually do before the session. The light will wash it out a little and it will look more natural when you see the resulting images.
I highly suggest you consider using a makeup artist, even doing a trial with the one booked for your wedding. If you need any recommendations, please ask! This way, you are able to see how they work AND be able to feel good and special for your engagement session.
Leave this part to me! I will make sure that we schedule your session as close as possible to before sunset, when the light is warmest and most beautiful! You can expect that we’ll shoot from about 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm in May and August, and 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm in June and July.
Details sound like they just “extras” to your images, and they are. But they’re more than that. They’re ways for you to express who you are, what you love and your relationship with your fiancee. The details make the setting look more beautiful, more romantic, and more fun. Get as creative as you’d like! From picnic blankets and baskets, to flowers, to cool vintage cars or bicycles, pets, guitars and instruments, old books, old fashioned Coca Cola or sweet tea, to ice cream or ice pops, to save-the-date signs; the more creative your ideas, the better!!
Look on Pinterest, think about the theme of your wedding and the questions I sent you, and dream as much as you want. I love when the images become even more uniquely YOU, and the details are such a great way to do that.
5. THE RING
Of course I will be photographing your gorgeous engagement ring! If you would like to get it cleaned beforehand, that will help it to be at its best sparkle.
6. ONE LAST PIECE OF ADVICE
I know this is probably your first time being professionally photographed, but what is probably most important on this list is, RELAX and HAVE FUN! I will help you pose, to feel comfortable, to relax, and to laugh.
This engagement experience only happens once. Prepare to have fun with it!
I can’t wait to get to know you and capture your love!