An engagement photo shoot is as important – if not more important – as the actual wedding shoot. This is because it acts as a great practice run for taking photos on your Big Day. Unless you’re both models and are used to getting professional photos taken on a consistent basis, the experience can be a bit overwhelming. Here are a few things to know before taking engagement photos.
Schedule the shoot with your wedding photographer
While asking your brother or aunt to take your engagement photos might seem like a good way to save some cash, don’t do it! The opportunity to meet with your day-of photographer before hand is a great way to ensure flawless photos on the Big Day.
The engagement photo session is a great practice run for both you and the photographer. They will get to know what the bride and groom are like together. It’s also a great opportunity to let them know your “good side” (let’s face it, we all have one). Then they’ll have the opportunity to learn what angles look best before for you.
Don’t forget the basics
There’s a lot of pressure that comes with engagement photos. They will be treasured for the rest of your lives. They could also potentially be broadcasted on social media or used as the background for a wedding invitation.
Chances are, you’ve taken thousands of pictures before with your significant other. During the engagement photos, just be you. This isn’t a good time to try out a new smile. If you’re not a serious person, it’s a good idea to avoid the serious-looking poses.
Dress for the weather
The weather will influence the quality of photos a lot. From lighting to outfit choices, it’s important to keep Mother Nature in mind. There’s a good chance your photographer will have suggestions to avoid fighting the weather, but outfit choices are all up to you.
If you’d like to wear a sleeveless dress, schedule your engagement photo shoot during the summer. Even on the most beautiful of winter days, we suggest you don’t try to “stick it out.” If you’re cold, you likely won’t be able to hide it, let alone look your best in the photos. Besides, winter jackets look adorable when you’re all cozied up next to your partner.
Know you won’t love every photo
In the digital age, it’s unlikely that the selfie you take is the one you’ll post. The same mindset should be considered when you review your engagement photos. Just because you don’t love each pose, doesn’t mean you won’t have a ton of other photos you love. You’re photographer will likely send you a couple samples from the day prior to sending the whole shoot. Be sure not to judge the whole session based off the photos you don’t like there.
It’s also good to take into account the poses and looks that didn’t quite work for you and your partner. This way, you don’t repeat the same type of poses during your wedding photos.
Talk to your partner ahead of time
In order to be prepared for your engagement photos, talk to your partner about the types of photos you’d love to have together. If you want more posed photos versus candid shots, it’s important to know that ahead of time. The opportunity to talk to your partner about each of your intentions is vital to the success of your engagement photos.
Trust your photographer
This tip is an easy one. If you booked a photographer, chances are you looked at his or her portfolio and loved the photos. Wedding photographers have a ton of experience with a variety of couples. They will know the ins and outs of wedding shoots and editing to make sure you look your best.
Let them lead the way as far as posing and don’t overpower your photographer with tons of Pinterest ideas. Each couple is different and it’s important to trust that your photographer knows what’s best. If you try to mimic a photo shoot from a different couple, you’ll likely be disappointed in the long run.
There’s no doubt that your engagement photos are an important step in the planning process. With these wedding tips, you’ll definitely have a successful shoot and be more prepared for your Big Day. Ultimately, it’s important to remember this journey is about your relationship and the engagement photo session is a great time to make memories with your partner.
The engagement photo session is also a great opportunity to capture special moments for your wedding film. Contact us today to find out how we can help make your wedding video as special as possible.
“Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies” – Aristotle