Engagement photos. I feel like everyone is divided into two groups. Either you are jumping for joy and cannot wait to get in front of the camera or you are dreading it. Or maybe it all depends on the day! I can definitely relate to that. No matter what group you are leaning to on the day of, there are ways to prep so that you can look and more importantly FEEL your best!
Special or not, a location is just a location.
Picking the location might seem to be the most important decision to set the tone for your engagement photos. However, it doesn’t have to be that complicated! You can choose a location that holds meaning to your relationship like where you met, your first date, or even where you got engaged in the first place! Some venues even let you have your engagement photos at their site prior to the big day, too!
Having said that, a location doesn’t have to hold some special meaning to be perfect for your photos. With a good photographer, a random field on the side of the road could be just as inspiring! Not to mention that it will then become one of those special locations where you point and reminisce. Remember, it doesn’t necessarily matter where you are, but more importantly who you are with.
Choosing the perfect outfits doesn’t have to be hard!
I don’t know about you, but I have this what to wear dilemma every time I go out. For photos that you’ll want to post on all your social media and maybe even use for your invitations or save the dates, the pressure is on! Before you get into finding the perfect color tones of your hubby’s shirt to match your dress, think about the kind of outfits you’re most comfortable in. If you’re more of a jeans or casual gal, that’s fine! Your photos don’t have to be totally glam to be beautiful! And don’t worry about matching outfits exactly! As long as the colors complement one another, they’ll turn out just fine.
Engagement photos are a great excuse for a little pampering, too!
Give yourself (and your ring) a little TLC before the shoot! It will not only help you to look good, but it will also help you relax. Get a blowout and your nails done! I mean, your left hand is going to be getting a little more attention in these photos. Or go ahead and schedule your hair and makeup trials for the same day! That’s a great way to kill two birds with one stone. If you are doing your own makeup for your engagement photos, I received this advice from a pro wedding planner that I now take to heart: go a bit heavier than normal. It will translate better on camera, trust me!
Be on time!
One thing that is crucial on engagement shoots is the limited amount of time you have. If you want those dreamy photos during golden hour, you have to soak up every minute you can. Once the sunlight is gone, it is gone, especially if you’re shooting in a location that only gets sun during certain periods of the day. Your photographer will also thank you for being punctual!
And finally, relax!
You’re there to document YOU! These photos are meant to represent you, your spouse-to-be, and the love between you. You’ve done all the prep work, so you can now finally relax and just be together! I know that is easier said than done, but like I said earlier, it’s not about where you are, what you’re wearing, or what time it is, it’s all about who you are with. Focus on the person in front of you, and the rest will figure itself out!
All photos by Waldorf Photographic Art.