Oh Me, Oh My!
Your left hand has been getting a workout in ever since your fiance put that beautiful rock on it. You’re oozing with excitement at the thought of wedding planning! Sound at all like you? If it does, congrats lady! Now let’s take some beautiful, casual pictures to celebrate!
I think engagement sessions are such an important part of the wedding planning process, so I’ve written this article to ensure you have the perfect engagement session with your love!
1. Engagement Session Style
When you think of your engagement session, what do you visualize? An open field? Urban brick? A weeping willow tree? What is it that you feel suits the two of you? Are there any special locations that might be ideal for your engagement shoot? If not, don’t fret, darling! It’s not about where you are but who you are with (so cheesy). During the planning process, brides often leave the location up to me. Which means I get to scope out spots ahead of time! The way I shoot, the focus is on the two of you and your beautiful faces, not the background. However, if there is a place that’s uniquely special to the two of you, let me know! Occasionally couples choose include a family heirloom, a pet, or something else that’s meaningful. Whenever possible, I am here to help you incorporate those details into your images!
2. Engagement Session Outfits
So, I don’t want you to feel like you need to go on a mega shopping spree for your session. But if you can, more power to ya, girlfriend! I want you to be comfortable, I want you to connect with your images. So if you are a jeans and tee kinda gal, then rock it with a fun necklace! My couples often bring an outfit change to their session. Most go for a date night, and a more casual. I made a little Pinterest board for inspiration, but I am always open to chat wardrobe! Also, don’t feel like you have to go for plain classics the entire time. Have you’ve seen a look on the gram or Pinterest that you’ve been dying to have a reason to wear? This just might be that chance! Have fun with color, texture, and prints! This is to remember this special time in your lives, so don’t limit yourself!
3. Engagement Hair and Makeup
I cannot stress this enough, girls! Really! Professional hair and makeup make a world of a difference. As a photographer, it excites me to know my brides are spending a day getting pampered before their session. It allows you to relax, feel beautiful, and confident! Nothing like a set of lashes to bring out your inner model. Also, consider using this time as a test run with your makeup artist and use your session as a time to evaluate your wedding day look and how it photographs. Ladies, if you can swing it, please consider getting your hair & makeup done for your session! I promise you it will make a world of a difference and you will look and feel absolutely amazing. Oh, and I’m right here if you need any recommendations!
4. Timing is Everything
Because I’m a natural light photographer, I plan my engagement sessions around the lighting of the day. I usually begin them an hour and a half prior to sunset, which will allow for an outfit change and a location change while shooting during the golden hour. Being on time ensures that we do not cut into your session, so showing up on time and ready will help yield great results! Once the sun goes down, there isn’t much we can do, so staying on track with timing and lighting is the best way to ensure gorgeous images. This also means that at times we may have to reschedule due to weather. You only get to do this once, so ensuring the environment is perfect will give you beautifully lit images!
5. Trust Your Photographer
This is the whole reason you chose your photographer, right? Because you love their work and they do this on the regular. Now it’s time for you to take a deep breath and trust the person you chose to do their best work with you. The more trust you place in them, the more free they will be to create the types of images that you’ll love the most. Occasionally couples come with nerves. Feeling a tad uncomfortable, awkward, and a little thrown by the PDA! But in between those little moments of awkwardness come total gems of authentic interactions that can only happen when two people are in love. So relinquish control, give trust out freely, and let go of your expectations!
6. Have Fun!
This is such an exciting time in your lives. I know that engagement sessions come with excited nerves. But it’s important to go in with an open mind and the ability to laugh at yourself. I want you two to flirt your brains out, love each other, and just have fun. We will laugh a lot, I will help pose you, promise. Your only job is to snuggle in close, bat your eye lashes, and laugh until your belly aches. It’s going to be fun, we might finish the session with a bottle of wine, and I promise you that you will love seeing your beautiful images for years to come. Secondly, engagement sessions are the perfect time to hang out with your photographer, and get comfortable in front of the camera! What more could a girl ask for?
Want to see a few engagement sessions gone RIGHT?! Take a look at Mackenzie and Quinn at Balboa Fun Zone, Adriana and Michael at Mission San Juan Capistrano, and Marisol and Tim in Downtown Los Angeles!