We’ve said this before and must stress it again….engagement sessions are the BEST way to get to know your wedding photographer before your big day. But once you get the session scheduled, the next big step is to figure out what to do. If you’re like most couples, you probably don’t like to pose or are camera shy. Here’s an engagement session that we just ADORE. But first…7 Tips to Great Engagement Photos.
TIME OF DAY: Natural light works best. When sun is directly overhead (10am-3pm), photos can be harsh and unflattering shadows might be created, unless your photographer is REALLY crafty with sunlight…Otherwise, choose a morning session for cool tones and late afternoon for a warmer and softer look.
WARDROBE: Don’t get into the habit of being too matchy…but instead, coordinate colors. Bring several outfits and ask the photographer to help you choose which outfits will look best in the photos. Women – bring flip flops! These sessions can be very long and may require lots of walking.
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION: Location is key! Choose a location that means something to both of you. Perhaps where you had your first date, or a favorite coffee shop. If you can’t think of a good location, ask your photographer for suggestions.
MAKEUP: Use matte makeup to eliminate shine. Make sure to bring oil blotting tissues to touch up during the session. A shiny face does not make for great photos!
THEMES: Scenarios are great for camera-shy couples. Think outside of the box…What type of activities do you love to do together? What’s your style? Music lovers may opt for a music-themed shoot, including instruments if you play any. Coffee lovers might plan a date to their favorite coffee shop. How about a beach adventure? Or a vintage styled session including vintage clothing and furniture. Be creative and use your imagination. If you’re not the creative type, just ask your photographer to create a scenario based on your personalities.
GET TRASHED: This is just like a “Trash the Dress” session. Examples include a photosession in the rain. Or during a beach adventure, take a plunge into the ocean. Some adventurous couples may even opt for a food fight after a picnic-themed shoot. Either way, the idea is to do something out of the ordinary, be spontaneous, and let your photographer capture the moments.
HAVE FUN: Loosen up and be sure to start early. Remember to channel your inner “mushy” side by sharing lots of hugs and kisses. And remember….these pics are for you.
Hopefully these tips will give you a good head start into getting great engagement photos. In the meantime, enjoy this engagement session photographed by Rhphotoarts. The couple, Tonya and Steve, started it off with a HAUTE airplane-themed session at the Ellington Station in TX…..and yes…he is a pilot. Loving this!
Loving these boots!
The next part of the session was shot at the Butterfly Museum in Houston, TX. Stunning backdrop for an engagement session!
What a gorgeous and creative engagement session. Tonya and Steve, we wish you the best of luck with your wedding planning. Thanks again to Raheem for sharing his AMAZING work.
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