I get a lot of questions from brides and grooms about engagement photography and prewedding photography. Today I thought I would give some more details to answer some of those questions.
You know the old saying “Practice Makes Perfect”? If you want to feel more comfortable in front of a camera prior to your wedding day, it would definitely help to get some practice. Engagement photography and prewedding photography is the perfect opportunity!
My engagement sessions last around 1-2 hours, depending on the location and/or activity you’ve chosen. We generally work in the last two hours before sunset when outdoors, or almost any time when indoors. I want to help create a memorable experience that works best for you. So please don’t hesitate to ask if you have suggestions or ideas in mind.
As an added benefit, the photos we capture from your engagement session are also perfect for Save-the-Date Announcements, Guest Books, Engagement Albums or Gift Prints. They are often cherished by couples simply because they showcase the two of you spending time together, often doing an activity you enjoy, without the formality of wedding day activities, wardrobes, locations and timelines.
Where to Go
Selecting locations or activities that are meaningful and important to you will almost always result in better engagement photography or prewedding photography. Think about how you like to spend time together and activities you both enjoy when considering options.
Some location ideas include: a park that is a favorite hangout; a beer brewery or winery; an art museum; the college campus where you met; on a rented trolley, canoe or boat; a fair or carnival with rides; a destination or public garden; a picnic in a park or near a river; a barn; a bowling alley; an antique store; a skating rink (summer or winter); a playground; or a baseball field. I am always available to offer suggestions or give advice if you are having trouble deciding on your preferred location or activities. Don’t hesitate to let me know!
~ Consider slightly dressier options or cocktail attire (sport coat, dress, etc.) that can be modified to be location appropriate if needed (ex. rolling up khakis if on a beach, etc).
~ Be comfortable. Select clothing that fits well and that compliments your figure.
~ Avoid matching, but strive to compliment and coordinate each others’ outfit selections. Try to compliment each other in color, style and level of formality.
~ Choose solid colors (not white).
~ Things to avoid: sleeveless dresses and shirts (no bare arms/shoulders); baggy clothing; clothing with logos or loud, clashing patterns; cargo shorts/pants; sweats or track suits; athletic shoes; flip-flops; crocs; men’s sandals.
~ Feel free to bring two outfit options each (or a few more if you want advice from me on which options work best together.)
~ Layers and textures translate well. Don’t be afraid to layer jewelry, scarves, sweaters, jackets or other combinations in order to create depth in your outfits.
~ Don’t forget the details! Accessories, nails, shoes, etc. The level of care on even the little things can add up. Choose neutral nail polish if using.
~ Brides: consider combining your hair/makeup test with your photo session, or consider having your hair and makeup professionally done for your session. It will add a little glamour to your photos and help you to “pop” more in the session.
~ Don’t stress! Engagement photos should be fun…and they will be if you let yourself enjoy the experience. You might even consider having a date night after your session and enjoy the evening celebrating your engagement!
Feel free to check my Pinterest “What to Wear // Engagements” board for visual representations of wardrobe concepts that work well together. And be sure to let me know if you have any other questions – I would love to help you achieve the engagement photography or prewedding photography of your dreams!
Looking for More Advice and Opinions? Check out my other help articles:
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