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I am finally getting around to writing this blog on engagement session pro tips. It’s been something that I’ve had on the back burner for a while now and I know so many of you will find this helpful. It’s a long one as there is a lot to cover so let’s dive into it!
You should be booking your engagement session date as soon as you lock in your wedding date with me. I highly recommend booking it at least 1 year to a minimum of 6 months before your wedding day.
I book Engagement Sessions Monday-Thursday only as weekends are designated for Weddings and Family time. Also, I only shoot Engagement Sessions during the golden hour for the best lighting, which is always 2 hours before Sunset.
Maybe you have to take the afternoon off of work to prepare but it’s a nice outing for the two of you to connect! Think of it like taking time for your dentist appointment only it’s going to be WAY MORE fun and the one inspecting your mouth will be your BAE! 😉
I can and will help suggest locations for your session. I’m also willing to travel outside of my area to explore epic and new locations. The season will definitely affect the type of location we use but there are so many great options. Whether you’re looking for a warm beach vibe, unique urban landscapes, rustic and woodsy, elegant garden settings, epic adventurous landscapes, I’ve got you! If you have a location that’s special to you or want to get creative I am always game!
Your engagement session is special and you want to look your absolute best in front of the camera! Here are a few pro tips on how to prepare for your engagement session:
Use this opportunity to pamper yourself, get a manicure for those hand-holding and ring shots. Psssst! bring him along for one too, he’ll actually love it!
Some brides will book their makeup trial session for the shoot and also get their hair did. You don’t have to do this, just an idea of what some ladies do.
Give yourself lots of time to get ready so that you’re not stressed about it. Make it fun and relaxing.
Oh, and if you’re getting fresh haircuts/ colour- do this at least 10 days before the shoot to let the cut and colour settle in.
Guys- don’t forget to pamper yourselves too! Go to the barber for a freshen up, come clean shaven or beard trimmed up nicely.
Prepare your outfits in advance, you want to be well coordinated but not matchy. For your outfits, always err on the side of being too dressy rather than too casual. You can never look “too good.” 🙂 You can wear nice, clean jeans if that’s your style but please make sure that you dress them up with clean, pressed tops and nice shoes.
Absolutely NO hats, it makes it very difficult to get your eyes and even more difficult for posing. Hats that don’t cover your eyes or face are ok to bring for some shots but please still have clean and done hair for other shots.
Avoid busy, bold or intricate patterns like tiny polka dots, stripes, complicated plaid with lots of thin lines. We want to stay away from distracting patterns that will steal the show. Choose complementary colours or one colour with complimentary tones in both your outfits.
Keep it neutral, soft and warm which will add to the mood of the photos. Here are some colour suggestions for the seasons:
Also, choose colours that look best with both your skin tones! One’s that accentuate your eyes and best features.
AVOID Black and stark white tops, they don’t usually go over well.
Feel free to bring one outfit change if you like (one dressy and one casual), but keep in mind that your session time will end at the session end time. It can be a bit tricky changing in your car or on-site, so most clients choose to just do one amazing outfit. I love it when my bride’s wear a gorgeous dress and the guys in a suit or at least a dress shirt and tie, it just really adds to the photos. You do you though!
Being a natural-light photographer, it’s so important to be on time for your session. We’ve scheduled that time for a reason – the awesome light. Get there early. I recommend arriving 30 minutes prior to your session start time so you can settle in, relax, and even take a shot of whiskey (if that helps you relax). Even if you’re late, the shoot still ends at the same time. Get there early. Did I say get there early? Get there early. 🙂
Also, Plan for traffic, and hope that it’s not there. Always plan for “worst case scenario” and then hope for the best. It’s really important that you aren’t late.
You’re time as fiancé and fiancé will go quickly and can get filled with the stresses of planning the wedding. Use your engagement session to put some fun back into this time together before you’re Mr & Mrs and make some memories to add to your love story!
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