Congratulations on your engagement! You’re probably feeling excited, overwhelmed, and perhaps a little nervous. Planning a wedding is a fun and memorable experience but can also be stressful. Luckily, there are some things you can do to help make the experience more enjoyable for you and your partner. Here are ten amazing tips for your engagement photography shoot:
Preparing For Your Shoot
The first step to choosing your wedding dress is researching to find what you like. You can look through magazines, online bridal boutiques, and Pinterest boards.
Before you jump into your engagement shoot, there are some things you should do to prepare. The following tips will make it easier for you and your photographer to get the best shots possible.
- Get a good night’s sleep before the shoot.
- Have a healthy breakfast (you don’t want to be hungry or thirsty during your shoot!)
- Wear clothes that make you feel good – this is your special day, and your outfit should reflect that!
- Bring a change of clothes, in case it gets too hot or cold for what you’re wearing on the day of the engagement session.
- Bring an extra pair of shoes if necessary.
- Bring a hairbrush and makeup kit. If there are any stray hairs in front of your face or any streaks on your face from oil-based products (such as foundation), you can quickly fix them during breaks between locations.
Pick the Right Photographer
In a world where everyone has smartphones and can share their photos with the world in seconds, it’s easy to forget how special photography is. It’s not just about capturing a moment but about capturing the emotion behind it. It’s about telling a story and creating lasting memories. And there’s no better way to do that than with the help of a professional photographer who truly understands what makes an engagement shoot great. When hiring a photographer for your engagement shoot, there are many factors to consider.
- Do you want a photographer who captures candid moments in life or one who is more formal with their shots?
- How much experience does the photographer have?
- Does this person’s personality match your own?
- What is their price range based on what you’re looking for?
Look at their work, read reviews and ask questions. Make sure they understand what you want and that they can deliver it.
Dress to Impress
You can get creative with your outfits by dressing in a way that reflects who you are as a couple or wearing something unexpected and fun. For instance, if your wedding theme is classic elegance, try wearing something modern and simple instead of fancy dresses with lots of layers. If your wedding takes place outdoors at an outdoor location, consider wearing bright colors to add some life to this beautiful location!
Also, remember that some dresses may require alterations or special tailoring – if you don’t want to pay for these additional services later down the line, be prepared to choose something that fits well out of the box!
Bring Some Props
Of course, you can always use props to get the perfect shot. Props can be fun and silly, or they can be used in a more serious way. Some examples of props include stuffed animals, vintage items, flowers, and other natural objects. You can also try using a mirror or a window as an additional background element in your photos—it’s a great way to add variety! Remember that props are just one part of what makes a photo look good.
Scout Out Your Location
The best places to have your engagement photo shoot are the ones that mean something to you. If your wedding is at a beach, it might make sense to take some photos there. If you met on a hiking trail, go back there and recreate the moment. Also, think about what would make it easy for you and your photographer! Do they want a lot of time with you or just an hour? Will they need transportation? Will bringing them somewhere far away require too much effort?
According to The Bleu Studio, one of Westmount County Club’s recommended vendors, you should also take the lighting of your chosen location into consideration as well.
“Typically, you’ll want to shoot before 11 A.M. and after 2 P.M.,” says Brian, owner of The Bleu Studio. “This will help avoid harsh high noon shadows, which can lead to unwanted effects such as “racooning” (darkness around the eyes) or having your beautiful long lashes create shadows on your face. By scheduling your shoot closer to when the sun sets, you’ll get that “golden hour” effect with warm, beautiful light and elongated shadows.”
Don’t Be Afraid to Try Something New
Planning and executing an engagement photo shoot can be a lot of fun when you and your partner are engaged. However, sometimes it can also be a little stressful. You want to make sure that the experience is fun for everyone involved and that you get some fantastic shots that will last forever as memories.
When it comes down to it, though, don’t be afraid to try something new! Although many people like traditional poses or locations, there are many other options if you open yourself up to them. If you want your photos taken at the beach but aren’t sure what poses would look good on this type of background, ask someone who has been on plenty of photo shoots before which poses work best under these circumstances—you’d be surprised how helpful they’ll probably end up being!
Get a Hair and Makeup Trial Run
You want to ensure that you look good in your photos, so getting a hair and makeup trial run first is essential. This way, you can see how different styles will look on you and ask questions about what products are best for your skin type.
Get Plenty of Rest the Night Before
Getting enough sleep is a great way to prepare your body and mind for a shoot. It helps if you have a consistent bedtime routine—reading something calming or meditating—to unwind before bedtime so that your body knows what time zone it should be in when morning comes around!
It’s important to have fun during the shoot. If you aren’t having fun, no one else will be either! Make sure your photographer knows what kind of vibe you want, and be open to their suggestions and ideas. Have fun with your partner too! To get some good shots, try making funny faces or doing silly things together – this makes for great photos that you can laugh at later (or send out on social media).
Engagement photography is a great way to commemorate your big day before you get married. It’s also an opportunity to get some breathtaking shots that you’ll be able to use in other places, such as your save-the-date cards or website. Follow these tips, and you’ll have the best engagement photos you’ve ever seen!