Why should you take engagement photos?
Well, first of all, to celebrate your love! You've made a special commitment to each other, so shout it to the roof tops! You'll be able to use the photos for an announcement and save-the-dates, for your wedding website, gifts, and wedding decor. It's also a great opportunity to get to know your photographer, to work with them, and get to know their style. It will also help you to get more comfortable in front of the camera and know what to expect on the big day.
I'll let you in on a secret - your engagement session is also important to your photographer! This session allows the photographer to get to know your personalities, your relationship, your expectations, and to identify the best poses for you as a couple. Most photographers (me!) include an engagement session with their wedding packages and really value that time to get to know you better.
Read on for things to consider when planning your engagement photo session!
Before you call your photographer, begin thinking about where you want to have your photos taken and what you will use the photos for. Here are helpful tips to think about and some session ideas:
- Inside or outdoors
- Meaningful location - At your home, at the wedding venue, or at another location
- Showcasing an activity you love to do together - brewery? hiking? cooking? The possibilities are endless!
- Revisiting or creating a favorite date
- Whatever you do, plan to show off your love with romantic, intimate photos!
Your outfits should be coordinating, but not totally matching. It's best to not have too many patterns or they can clash. I always suggest that you choose colors that reflect the season of your session. Please avoid neon colors as they do not photograph well and they can color cast onto your skin. I'm happy to provide wardrobe advice if you'd like!
- Spring - pastels, brighter colors
- Summer - rich, bright colors
- Fall - navy blue, burgundy, deep purple, forest green, gold, etc.
- Winter - rich, deep colors that pop against the snow (similar to fall)
*Also, be sure that you do not have any hair ties on your wrists, cell phones in your pockets, or other distracting things you'll wish you had put away.
I hope to see you this year to celebrate your engagement!! It's a true privilege to document your love. <3