I know that spring, beginning of summer, and fall are the most popular times for photographing engagement sessions. When working with my clients I get a ton of emails asking for advice on what they should wear to their engagement session, what they should bring, and where we should photograph the session! So today’s blog post will be fun engagement session tips to inspire you for planning your own!
Engagement sessions are such a important part of the wedding planning process. They are more than likely your first time being professionally photographed together as a couple and they are also a chance to celebrate your upcoming wedding! So together our goal is to create beautiful photos that show who you are together as a couple! Photos that will show your love, your excitement, and your dedication to each other!
But without further ado….
Creating a Pinterest Inspiration Board – You can create an ‘Engagement Session Inspiration’ board and pin things that you would love for your session and to help give you ideas for planning your session. Pin things such as hairstyles, make-up ideas, nail designs, clothing inspiration (don’t forget the shoes and jewelry!), props, poses, locations you’d like, colors that will go well with your home décor, etc! This will help you visualize your session and help you plan it.
The inspiration you can find on Pinterest is endless and I encourage my clients to use it.
Also be sure to share your board with me so we can plan your session accordingly!
Props – Incorporating props into your session is a great way to personalize it and make it more about who you are as a couple. When you’re starting to plan for your engagement session, sit down and think about the following questions. Do you want your session to be more natural/focused on you or more posed/themed? Do you have any specific things that you LOVE doing together (coffee dates, baking together, horseback riding, going for walks, picnics, etc)? How did you meet and where did you meet, is there a way to incorporate this into your session? Do you have any family heirlooms or other items with special significance to you that you would like to incorporate into the shoot? Do you have pets that you would love to include? (If your worried about them being too rambunctious, don’t worry because I specialize in pet portrait photography also and highly encourage my clients to include them into their sessions!)
Need a more visual idea? Be sure to pin these things to your Pinterest board to help! Get creative! If you want more ideas for props, Pinterest and Etsy are great places to look.
What to Wear – I always encourage my couples to be sure to choose outfits that represent who they are but still bring out their playful, creative side! When your going through your closet or shopping for your outfits, be sure to keep a couple things in mind. You want your outfits to coordinate with each other, not be matchy matchy. Look for complimenting colors, patterns, and textures. I also encourage my couples to bring a second outfit along to the session, but also be sure that this outfit coordinates with the first outfit to make sure the shoot flows well together.
Be sure to remember to plan your accessories too! Accessories are a great way to add interest to your outfits and make them even more unique! When it comes to trying to plan for accessories, they all work! Belts, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, shoes, scarves – you name it!
To find inspiration for finding/planning your own outfits look on Pinterest and pin them to your session inspiration board.
Locations – When photographing an engagement session I like to offer a variety of different backgrounds/locations. I specialize in rustic style photography, so photographing out in the country is my favorite but I am open to other locations as well. You want the location to reflect your personalities and the look/style you want for your session!
I love to find random spots off the main roads and am constantly scouting for new locations. Once I find a spot that would work well for a session and I love, I add it to my list and alternate it throughout my sessions.
Do you have a location that is special to you? Where you met, someplace you both enjoy, been in your family for generations, etc. Be sure to let me know and we can incorporate that into your session!
Preparing yourselves the day of the session – For your session I highly recommend getting your hair and make-up professionally done. A special session calls for some special pampering! Getting your hair and make-up done professionally will look amazing in your photos and will make your skin appear flawless/perfect! While your planning for your session you want to make sure that your hair and make-up coordinate with the outfits, the look your trying to achieve, and reflects who you are. You don’t want to be TOO done up that it doesn’t go well with the rest of your session or it doesn’t represent who you are.
If you’re thinking of tanning, be careful! Some self-tanning lotions need time to mix with your skin. So if you want a little more tan on your skin before your photos, apply a self-tanner at least 2-3 days before your session. This will help ensure that you don’t look orange in your photos. If you planning on doing a tanning bed, be sure there are no tan lines, that you tan evenly, and that you don’t stay in too long and get burnt.
A week before the session, lotion your skin once a day to get rid of any dry skin. Make sure you remove any old nail polish so your nails are normal or you can get them professionally done as well.
Need more help? Email me! I would be glad to offer suggestions on just about everything from locations to outfits.
Want to book your wedding or engagement session with me? Contact me and I would love to get together to go over all of the details!!!
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