Engagement photos can be the very first time we’ve ever “posed” for a camera. And to have nerves about it, is completely normal! Our photographers here at Complete Wedding + Events want to make sure you are comfortable and understanding the eye behind great photos is key to ditching those unwanted jitters. We are breaking it all down here…
Follow the Light.
Shooting is best with soft golden lighting which means getting up very early for that beautiful morning light and being ready in the evening for that golden hour before sunset.
Also, be prepared to be flexible. If traveling in for a session or with weather permitting you can shoot the next morning.
It’s just you two here, no one else.
This is the person you love more than anyone else in the world, forget the photographer is there and just be in love. Usually after the first few minutes you’ll start to notice yourselves getting comfortable and just being in the moment. This is another reason why location can be so important, private spaces can lend to more intimate beautiful imagery.
That said, talk to each other. Tell each other about your day or recount a funny and romantic moment that you had together. Start with a joke. That is usually all it takes to crack the tension and give you the space to relax and just let the day unfold.
Make it an Adventure
Choosing your location for your engagement is a key element to any great shoot. Sometimes, we have amazing scenic settings right our backyard, but if not, don’t be hesitant to turn your engagement session into an adventure. Hopping in the car and road tripping it to neighboring towns that bring a little charm and a story to your photos.
Take the Time to Plan Your Attire
We always recommend asking your photographer for their insight on wardrobe ideas! For ladies soft, light fabric solids are always beautiful. Striking colors like reds and blue can also be stunning. I personally recommend staying away from detailed patterns as they can take away from you and your surroundings. For the guys, I say dress accordingly to your fiancé. Casual pants and a sport coat can be a handsome first look or a nice button down without the jacket can be great, then for your second look just step it up a bit – a nice tailored suit without the tie can be a perfect option. When you feel good in what you are wearing, a natural confidence comes thru and the imagery is that much more lovely.