All you need to know before your engagement photoshoot
Updated: May 22
What is an engagement photo session?
It is a photo session when you and your loved one have professional photos taken before your wedding day. It is a way of celebrating your engagement and capturing your current stage of life. This way, you can treasure this moment before you two become a wife and a husband.
Why should you do an engagement photo session
I recommend an engagement session before your wedding, not only because I love it, but also for its benefits.
Firstly, we can get to know each other less formally before your big day. So, you can see and experience the way I work and ask me all sort of questions. Secondly, you will get comfortable in front of the camera. Consequently, on your wedding day, you will not only feel more relaxed but also look relaxed in your photos.
And finally, it is also a chance to try out your bridal make-up and hairstyle to see how you like it in the pictures. You will have some professional photographs which you can use, for example for your invitation cards.
For these reasons, I provide a complimentary engagement session as a part of all my wedding packages. You can see me working in action here: BTS of a Couple Photoshoot.
How long time is it gonna take?
The usual duration of my photo session is up to 1.5 h. If I wanted I could take some portraits during only 20 minutes but the point of having enough time is that you will get relaxed in front of the camera with the time. In 99% cases, I don't use some of the very first photos because most of people (including myself) feel stiff in the beginning when being photographed. Especially if it's their first time having their photos taken. I have to say that I always get my most favourite photos just at the end of the session. It's because you don't even realise that you are being photographed anymore and you are natural. Having enough time is also essential for having a nice variety of images with different locations.
When is the best time for a photoshoot?
Being a lover of natural light, my timing for your session isn’t a coincidence. It is scheduled so that we have the best lighting for your photos which is ideal during the golden hour. We can shoot only as long as we have light available until the sun sets but given the surroundings and weather conditions it might be earlier. The timing is always different depending on the time of the year. But don't worry about it too much. I will discuss the perfect timing of the day with you before your session.
What's the best place for a photoshoot?
As a location, I always prefer a neutral natural background without any distracting elements, such as other people, cars and streets. My most favourite outdoor locations for photoshoots are parks, woods, fields and gardens. If photographing indoors, the most important factors are a good window light (the bigger the window, the better) and ideally light coloured walls, so the light bounces well, and I can get the beautiful light and airy images. But of course, we are not limited by a less ideal location. We can always get great photos as long as we have a good quality light.
What should I wear?
Feel free to dress as fancy as you would like but make sure that anything you wear is comfortable for you. Any dress, which defines your waist, would look great but if you are not into dresses don't wear one. For the groom, I would recommend a shirt with a simple or no pattern and trousers. All outfits are of course, dependable on the current season and weather conditions.
You can bring one change of clothes. I love to offer the opportunity for an outfit change halfway through the session. This gives you the option to get a few different looks and feels with your session while maximizing our time together. Many couples opt for one dressier option and one more casual option. Depending on the location, you may switch outfits.
I recommend you wearing clothes which fit well for your figures. Please do not wear anything too tight or too loose. Tight tops usually reveal seam of the underwear. And baggy clothes are not flattering at all because they make you appear wider than you actually are.
Please try to avoid wearing any prints, graphics or too bright and distracting colours (such as neon pink, orange etc.) on your clothes. If you are in doubt, choose neutrals as they allow the images to truly focus on the couple. I'm a big fan of simplicity, and I believe that very often less is more, especially in photography.
What should I bring with me?
If you are thinking of bringing some props that tell your story, please do! We can incorporate them into your photos in a fun way! Perhaps, it’s something from your proposal or a hobby you both love and share, maybe it’s a food you love or a bottle of wine that is special. Whatever you want in your photos, I’ll do my best to make it happen!
Do I need to know how to pose?
Please know that absolutely NONE of my couples had any previous experience with posing or professional photography. It was always their first time, and they always looked amazing. I don't like using the word 'posing' because I don't aim to exactly pose every part of your body and control every movement. Instead, I prefer 'directing'. What I mean by this is that I will tell you where you should stand. It's usually where I find the best quality light. And, I will tell you what to do, for example, hold your hands and walk this direction or hug each other and look away. This way, we can create the most natural 'poses' which doesn't look posed. And this is exactly what I'm looking for in my images.
I feel awkward in front of a camera
Honestly, I feel exactly the same when being on the other side of the camera. But on the other hand, I believe that it's the photographer's job to direct the person and to make them look awesome in photos. The photographer should examine your unique facial and body features and select the best lenses and camera angles accordingly. So don't worry about feeling awkward, trust your photographer because he or she will know what they are doing to make you look your best.
I hope that this blog post answered most of your questions and if you have any more please feel free to get in touch!
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