ENGAGEMENT SESSION TIPS
On your wedding day, you’re so swept up in all the excitement that getting your photo taken is the last thing on your mind. However, engagement sessions are all about the photography, which can be a little nerve-wracking. Here are some of my helpful tips to have a fun and stress-free engagement session.
1. Get to know your photographer.
At engagement shoots I usually won’t start actually taking photos until I’ve talked with the couple for at least 10 minutes, especially if we haven’t met yet. The more you get to know your photographer, the more at ease you will feel. I try to learn as much as I can about the couple while also making myself less of a stranger to them. I want you to feel like you’re just hanging out with a friend.
Don’t take your session too seriously! Your photographer will probably suggest some poses and guide you through your movements a little. This can feel silly and unnatural, and that’s okay! If something feels funny, just laugh it off! That laughter is what makes you look like yourselves and helps you relax.
3. Dress like you.
One of the most important elements to looking like yourselves it wearing what feels comfortable to you both. If you love to dress up, by all means, wear some of your more fancy garments. If dressing up is just not your thing and you live in ripped jeans and t-shirts, wear that! I’m always happy to help with choosing outfits, but it’s ultimately what makes you feel your best that is going to look the best.
4. Have a drink beforehand.
This is a pretty simple tip, but a little liquid courage can go a long way. Grab a drink or two before your session to loosen up. If it makes you a little more cuddly with your fiancé, that’s great too!
5. Choose somewhere special to you.
There are so many amazing locations to take engagement photos, and I’ve pretty much done it all. I love shooting in locations that are special to the couple in some way. Whether it’s where you met, your favorite hiking trail, or just your cozy living room, the special connection makes your photos more personal and meaningful.