So you’ve booked me for your wedding photographer ( woo-hoo!! ) and we picked the date for your engagement session! So now what? How do you prepare for whats most likely your first experience doing a professional photo shoot!? Well I want to help you get the most out of your engagement session experience.
The first thing I tell my couples is to have a look at ideas online for outfits. I think having your engagement photos taken should be the beginning to a date night! I always like to be a part of this process too, so send me some Pinterest pins, or a few cell phone pics so we can get inspired for the shoot together! Some times it’s a great idea to plan the colours of your outfits to coordinate with you wedding colours. It makes the save the dates so easier to plan!
If the location allows for it, start off in some comfy clothes, but be sure to have some rockn’ date night clothes with you to get changed into. A beautiful long dress you’ve been dying to wear, and some killer heels to go with it! And for him, a nice suit jacket or dress shirt and pants. If we’re doing a little hiking to get to the epic location we chose, be sure to pack some good comfy shoes too!
The next thing we want to plan for is the location! This is where we can have a lot of fun planning! I always try to stay with the date theme, so lets go to the beach, or out for ice cream along the downtown core, or to your favourite coffee shop! The ideas are endless, and it can make the photos that more personal if the place or activity is something that you two have a connection with. Or if you’re like me and you’re always up for an adventure! Lets find an epic location! Waterfalls, beaches, urban settings, lets brainstorm some where completely original and fun!
Another great idea is for you to call up your hair and makeup artist for your wedding day and schedule the trial for the morning of your engagement session, that way you look and FEEL your absolute best for the pictures! Then after the hair and makeup is done, spend the rest of the time before we meet up just relaxing, think about having a stress free day, you don’t need to stress about the mundane get your nails done, have a massage, have a glass of champagne . 😉
The last thing I tell my couples is about what to expect for the session itself. A lot of times there is anxiety about how the session is going to go. Am I going to have to know how to pose? Where do I look? How should I act? But here’s what I tell them……its going to be super awkward…..NAH, just kidding, its going to be great! And you know why? Because I’ve got your back! The whole session!
I like to make the photos as natural as possible, and I do that by getting you to relax and get out of your own head. I want to focus on you two, and your beautiful connection to one another! So I am going to help foster those moments and bring out the real you in front of the camera! And if your clothes are bunched up or the way you’re standing doesn’t look great, well I’ll nudge the scene so that it looks amazing
And there you have it a few tips on how to prepare for your amazing engagement session, and a little bit on what you can expect from your session! Engagement sessions are seriously some of my favourite shoots, we can take our time, get you some amazing photos to make all your friends super jealous. And maybe have a little fun and a couple laughs along the way.
Check a few of my full engagement sessions!