Are you getting married soon? Are you planning a gorgeous summer engagement session for this year? I encourage all couples to read this blog before your engagement session so you can make the most out of the session! It doesn't matter if you are booked with me or another photographer, they are all generic tips to help anyone!
1) DO THE ENGAGEMENT SESSION
I know this sounds self explanatory but for some couples they don't think it is necessary but it TOTALY is! I highly recommend considering a photographer that has an engagement session included in their packages or even purchasing it as an upgrade! This is SO beneficial for not only both of you but also your photographer! Personally I like to make friends with my clients, I like the atmosphere to be stress free and FUN, I want to attend that couples wedding not just as a vendor but as a friend! Other than the initial consultation with your photographer, the engagement session is your chance to really get to know each other! From a brides perspective the photographer is someone you are going to see ALL DAY so you want to make sure your personalities click, if they do than your photographer can capture true genuine moments! It is also so important for your photographer to know what you do and don't like about getting photos taken so they can now that and make the wedding photos perfection!!
2) CHOOSE A DIFFERENT SEASON
One suggestion that I can make is to do your engagement session in a different season then when your wedding will be! If your getting married in the summer, maybe shoot for your engagement session to be in the fall or in the spring to give some variety to your images.
3) CHOOSE A MEANINGFUL LOCATION
Another good suggestion for location would be to go somewhere that is meaningful to you or your relationship. It could be where you got engaged, where you first met, where you went on your first date etc. It could also be like somewhere you work, if your a fire fighter, go to the hall, if your a teacher go to the school. I always love when clients incorporate who they are into the session.
4) GIVE YOUR GROOM "THE CHAT"
Get your head out of the gutter for starters.... LOL! Most often what I have seen is a groom who is less then enthusiastic to be there. It is understood that some people don’t like getting their picture taken or they don’t see the importance of the session. Give your groom lots of notice, tell him it will be fun and tell him to be himself. Warn him there will be lots of cuddles and kisses etc.
5) BRING TWO OUTFITS
This is something I always recommend to my couples, make sure you consult with your photographer first about timing and locations. I always love to do 2 different outfits, first one being more of a casual look and the last one being more of a dressy fancy look. This way you are adding variety to your session! Make sure this is okay with your photographer to see if you have the timing to pull this off.
6) GET ALL DOLLED UP
Another good tip that I have seen many brides do is plan for their hair and make up trial on the day of your engagement session. Why waste all that hard work and beauty when it can go right into your session! obviously not necessary but it is a little tip to think about!
7) PLAN FOR DELAYS
I always tell my couples to plan for delays and give yourself lots of time getting ready! Keep in contact with your photographer on how delayed you are if it happens. Nothing can put a damper on a session then a couple coming to the shoot rushed, it adds the chance of an argument happening or just upset that you are late and it will really effect how the session is carried out!
8) MAKE IT A DATE NIGHT
This is something I tell my couples on a little more of a serious note. Life is crazy, busy and hectic; not enough people take time for themselves or each other! Seeing as I normally plan my engagement sessions at that golden hour of the evening, I tell my couples to go out in your nice dressy outfit and make a date night out of it. There is lots of love, smooches and attention during the session, why not continue it into a date night and treat each other to dinner or some thing, even just a nice walk!
9) BE YOURSELF
This is one of my biggest pieces of advice I can give to ANYONE I am shooting, just be you! Just because the camera is out doesn’t mean you have to put on a persona or different “camera face”. If anything the camera out means you should be your genuine self, it will stand out 100 times over in your images if you act yourself!
10) DON'T STRESS
I know this can sometimes be hard but 100% trust in your photographer is key to letting yourself go and having a fun session! Don’t stress about the angles, don’t stress about the lighting, don’t stress about your “good side” Your photographer is a professional and they are there to capture you at your most genuine and your most in love! Don’t street about having a perfect smile, in fact, laugh, stick out your tongue, tickle each other, joke with each other. All of these things are going to not only make your session fun but it will help you forget about the camera and just be in the moment with your other half!