Use this engagement session as an opportunity to practice being in front of the camera. I know it sounds cheesy but trust me, it will be worth it when you see how much more natural and relaxed you look in your wedding photos. The engagement session is the perfect time to do this because you're not as nervous about making things "perfect" since it's not the real deal yet. Just have fun and be yourselves! Engagement sessions are also a great opportunity to get to know your photographer. I will tell you that time and time again, the couples that hire me for engagement AND wedding photography are at least 75% more relaxed and themselves in front of my lens versus the ones that only hire me for wedding day coverage.
Choose a location that is special to you as a couple. This could be where you first met, had your first date, or got engaged. This will make the photos even more meaningful. It's easy to just pick a random local park and call it a day but when you look back on these photos, you will have wished you'd also documented the places that meant the most to you in the beginning of your relationship. This is your chance to do that with a professional photographer!
I'm going to give you advice that you probably won't hear from most photographers. Ready? Go out and buy all new clothes, dress up, get your makeup and hair professionally done, and go big! You're already spending the time and money to work with a professional photographer, you might as well make it a true celebration and get the full experience of being a celebrity for the day. I'm sure if you were to scroll through your phone right now (go ahead and do it) you'll have tons of photos of you two in your everyday clothes. I know you didn't hire a professional to just take more of the same thing. So live it up!
Are you excited about your upcoming engagement session? It's a great way to celebrate your upcoming wedding and capture this moment in your lives. But how should you prepare for it? In this blog post, I will discuss seven creative ways to prepare for your engagement session!
Don't fight. Yes, you heard me right! If you are both in a great mood, then you won't mind cuddling up and getting some beautiful intimate photos. But if you just fought with your partner because things ran late, or someone forgot their jacket at home, or whatever the case may be, it will spill over into our session. And that's something that we can't really work around.
Tell me what you love about yourself and what you want me to avoid photographing. Being honest is key because I want you to look at your final gallery and not hate your chin, hips, arms in every single photo. If there's something you're really not comfortable with, let me know so that we can chat about how to work around that or even pose in a way where it won't be as noticeable. On the flip side, if you love your smile or your eyes, tell me so I can make sure to capture that!
Plan an amazing dinner after we wrap up. You are going to be hungry! I can promise you that. You're going to be looking amazing and dressed up for a nice date, take advantage of it. Use this time to reconnect with your partner and discuss what you might want from wedding photography after experiencing your engagement session.
Have fun! The engagement session is a time to celebrate your love and enjoy each other's company. Have fun with it and the photos will reflect that.
I hope these tips help you prepare for your engagement session. Remember, this is a special moment in your lives so make the most of it! Please feel free to reach out to me if you need some more guidance or advice!
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