January 18, 2019
First, take a deep breath. Yeah that’s right you heard me, breathe. I totally get it! There is so much to plan and so much to worry about when it comes to preparing for your big day. But these are going to be images that you are going to look back on and remember that even though it was so stressful it was also incredibly wonderful! So now that we’ve covered that let’s talk about some simple ways to make your engagement session the best it possibly can!
1- Don’t try to match! This is so important! You want your outfits to coordinate. How boring would it be if you both wore the same colored shirt in every picture? Instead coordinate his shirt to your accessories. Neutrals are always a safe bet! And then add some fun by adding a spot of color! Make sure to stay away from really bright, fluorescent colors! When it comes to picking colors, my best advice is to wear your wedding colors! This way your images will match your invites, decorations and everyone will be so impressed by how well you coordinated everything!
2- Don’t be afraid to make outfits your own! Be bold! Whether it’s scarves, necklaces or any other fun jewelry make your outfit your own and let your personality show!
3- When you get to your Engagement Session empty your pockets! Literally! Leave your cell phones and any other unnecessary items in your car! You don’t want your phone, keys or wallet showing through your pockets in your pictures!
4- Bring your second outfit with you! Most couples like to have one outfit that is more casual and one that is a little more on the dressy side. This allows us to get two different looks to your session. I recommend starting with your dressier outfit first, that way we can end the session just having fun! You absolutely do not need to bring two outfits, however if you do bring two outfits just make sure you let your photographer know so we can be prepared to capture both outfits!
5- Make sure you are comfortable in what you are wearing! You do not want to be adjusting your shirt or worrying about your outfit through your whole session!
6- Now this is the most important. I don’t mean to yell but please, BE ON TIME!!!!!! I cannot stress this enough! When shooting your engagement session there is only so much sunlight. The later you arrive the less sunlight we have to work with, which ultimately means less pictures! And nobody wants that!
7- Give yourself plenty of time for getting ready and drive time to your location! There is nothing worse than a couple who has felt stressed and tense the whole drive to their engagement session. This is supposed to be fun, remember?
8- Clean your ring! I like to get some ring shots while you change outfits and we want that gorgeous ring to be sparkly clean!
9- Make a date night out of your engagement session! Finish off the night with a drink, or dinner! Make it a night to remember, because you only get to do this once!
10- Relax! You’ve got this! You do not have to be a pro at this. We are going to be having so much fun you won’t even realize you are having your picture taken!
If you need some more outfit inspiration you can check out my Pinterest board here. Or you can view any of my other Pinterest boards! And don’t forget I’m always up for an impromptu shopping trip! I can’t wait to take your Engagement pictures!
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