With the holidays quickly approaching, engagement season is right around the corner! Whether you’re in the middle of planning your special day or you think your partner may be poppin’ the question soon, your engagement photos are one of the first steps in planning your wedding. From what to where to choosing a perfect location, check out these five helpful tips for beautiful engagement photos that will last a lifetime!
Wear something that you’re comfortable in
While this may seem obvious, it’s the most important thing when it comes to taking engagement photos. In order to look good in your photos, it’s important that you feel good! If you or your partner wear clothes that are too clingy or tight, you’ll end up spending your entire photo session adjusting them or picking at them. If you purchase something new to wear in your photos, be sure to try the outfit on prior to your photo session to insure that it fits properly and you feel comfortable in it. You can even have someone take a picture of you in your new outfit so that you can see how it will photograph.
Prepare everything prior to your session
To ensure a stress-free photo session, plan out you and your partner’s outfits ahead of time and steam or iron them so that they are wrinkle free in your photos. If you plan on wearing any jewelry or accessories be sure to have them picked out prior to your photo session. Last but certainly not least, what bride-to-be doesn’t want a ring shot?! Be sure to clean your ring so that your breathtaking ring sparkles and shines in the photos!
Location, location, location
When choosing the perfect location for your engagement session, consider what you and your fiancé love as a couple and which places reflect that. If you’re an adventurous couple who loves to hike, take your photos in the mountains wearing your hiking gear. Do you and your partner love cuddling on the couch binge-watching your favorite Netflix series? An at-home session may be best for you! Don’t be afraid to incorporate your favorite activities into your photo session! If you’re struggling to pick a location, check out these helpful tips for choosing a fun location for your shoot.
Make a date out of it
Being engaged is one of the most special, exciting times of a couple’s life together. While planning your wedding can have its stressful moments, your engagement is only a short period of your lifetime of love. It’s important to take a step back and enjoy the moment! One of the biggest pieces of advice that many photographers offer is to make a date out of your engagement photo session. This allows you and your fiancé to feel connected and romantic heading into your shoot. It will also help ease any nerves that you or your partner may have!
Hire a professional photographer
Booking your engagement photo session with a professional photographer will get you the best photos imaginable that you can look back on for years to come. Many couples have never been photographed professionally prior to their engagement session and may need some guidance. Professional photographers have years of experience shooting couples and will know exactly how to guide and direct you and your partner throughout the photo session. This is also a great opportunity to get comfortable and familiar with your photographer prior to your wedding day, making for even better photos from your wedding.
When love is genuine and real between two people, there will always be a natural chemistry which the photographer will pick up. Looking natural and at ease is always the key to a great photo shoot. Preparing your heart and mind before the photo shoot will allow you to express yourself naturally without feeling forced to smile or embrace one another awkwardly. Listen to upbeat music that will set the mood beforehand that will bring a smile to both your faces. Music has a way of relaxing the nerves and creating a sense of well-being and overall feel good mood. Remember you are creating not just one day of memories but creating a story of your life together and the love that you both have for one another. It is a glimpse to the beginning of a new life together.
Your engagement photos are meant to celebrate the love of you and your fiancé, so above all have fun and be yourself! If you’re looking for more wedding planning advice or ways to personalize your wedding, check out these helpful posts.