Happy Valentine's Day! I have a special little post for you today. With it being a day about love I thought it appropriate to write about engagement shoots. I want to share my tips and insight on getting the most from your session and share my approach. Whether or not my couples have considered an engagement shoot I always encourage them to take advantage of the idea.
There are a few reasons why an engagement shoot can be a useful tool for your wedding day. Firstly, you're further establishing your relationship with your photographer. We're always more comfortable with someone we know than with someone we don't know. That extra hour we'll spend taking snaps we'll also be chatting and getting to know each other. After spending an hour in front of the camera you'll know what to expect on the wedding day. You'll also be more confident that I CAN make you look good even if you feel a bit shy! One good tip with your engagement session if possible is to schedule it about a month to two months before your wedding so it's still fresh in your mind.Couples often ask me "where should we take the photos?". I generally say to choose a location that is special to you. A park, a beach, or your favourite coffee shop works wonders. My suggestion is when you're choosing a location with lots of landscape try to find a secluded area, when you're going for a city location people passing by adds a good element, but when you're on a beach or in a park you want to make sure there isn't someone lurking in the background.
Here are a few more suggestions to make the most of your session:
- Dress up for the occassion.
- Replace one or two items of clothing with something fun. A pearl necklace, a dickie bow, or colourful heels.
- Colour-coordinate outfits but don't be overly matching.
- Avoid wearing too much black.
- Wear bright coloured earrings or a short necklace to bring attention to your face.
- Have your hair/makeup professionally done.
Now I want to tell you about how I approach an engagement session. I prefer to get stuck into the shoot rather than meeting up for a chat first, most couples are a little nervous so I don't like to make you wait any longer for your shoot. Generally a shoot lasts an hour, but it's not continuous 'in front of the camera' for that hour. I like to keep the session light. We'll do a lot of walking and talking during the session. When I spot somewhere pretty I'll have you stop and tell you how to interact with each other to get the best results. Sometimes I'll just snap away while you're walking together. I find that's the easiest way to get you warmed up to the camera. And one thing I can't express enough is not to worry about nervous giggles. Your nervous giggles will come across as a natural smile in a photo.If you have more questions about my engagement shoots please drop me an email! Keep an eye out on my blog for more photos on these two engagement sessions!