Engagement Photo Tips

April 13, 2022

Engagement Photo Tips: How to Have an Amazing Engagement Session

It’s so normal to be a little (or even a lot) nervous about being in front of the camera – most couples haven’t done this before! But there’s a ring on your finger, a wedding to plan, and this time in your life deserves to be celebrated. As a wedding and engagement photographer, my job is to make sure you feel confident about your photos – so to help you prepare for your session, here are some engagement photo tips that will ensure you have an amazing time, and that you love the photos!

 

Why Engagement Photos Matter

Before we talk about engagement photo tips – are you on the fence about scheduling an engagement session? Because a lot of couples are nervous about being in front of the camera on their wedding day, they aren’t too excited about doing it an additional time during the engagement session.

But here’s the thing – I think every couple should take engagement photos, and if you’re nervous about it, that’s a great reason to do it! Do you really want your first time in front of a professional photographer to be on your wedding day? 

I always recommend working with the same photographer for your engagement photos and your wedding day, because the engagement session is the perfect opportunity to get to know them! You’ll get comfortable with your photographer and practice being in front of the camera, and they’ll get to know what makes you laugh, what your best angle is, and how to ensure that you feel 100% at ease during your session. Then, when the wedding day rolls around, you can relax, knowing that you have full confidence in your photographer to make you feel comfortable and to send you amazing photos that you’ll treasure forever!

Getting comfortable and connecting with your photographer is a big reason why engagement photos are so important, but it’s also about documenting this time in your life. The wedding is unbelievably exciting, but being engaged is worth celebrating too – you’ll want to remember the feeling of knowing you were going to marry your best friend, and an engagement session is the best way to document how the two of you are together!

 

Engagement Photo Tips

Now, let’s get into some engagement photo tips to help you prepare, and to make sure you feel your best.

Tips for Choosing a Date for Engagement Photos

  • When you decide on a date for your engagement photos, think about the weather. Here in Dallas, summers are hot and humid, and winters are cold and windy – so spring and fall are really great times for outdoor engagement photos! But, keep in mind that these will also be the most popular times for visitors, and locals, to get outside and enjoy the weather, so you’ll likely run into more crowds if your engagement session location is in a public space.
  • A great engagement photo tip, no matter what time of year you elope, is to plan your session close to sunrise or sunset! This will give you the best lighting, and it can also help avoid crowds. Sunrise is when you’re likely to get outdoor spots to yourself, but sunset is also usually less popular than the middle of the day.
  • Another thing to consider when it comes to choosing a date is when your wedding is! If you already have a date set for your wedding, it’s best to do engagement photos a minimum of 6 months before, so that you can use them for invitations or other stationery, and print some out to display on the big day. 

 

What to Wear for Engagement Photos

One of the biggest questions couples usually have about their engagement session is, “What do we wear?” 

  1.  Guys:  PLEASE GET A HAIRCUT BEFORE THE SHOOT! (Go ahead and go see your barber so you show off that handsome face while looking super clean and sharp up top!)
  2.  It’s a great question, because you should definitely take some time to choose your outfits and go all out for the session! I recommend choosing neutral colors – this includes beige, gray, white, and black, but it also includes muted tones like forest green, navy blue and maroon. You can also add fun patterns or pops of colors, but don’t overdo it! Make sure it’s not distracting, and that it doesn’t clash.
  3.  You and your partner’s outfits should complement each other, without being too matchy-matchy. Avoid pieces that clash with each other, and also pieces that are the exact same shade, and try on your outfits together to make sure everything looks good! 
  4.  Another thing to keep an eye out for is tan lines! They happen, but if they’re noticeable, it will show up in photos – so especially if you’re wearing something sleeveless, check that you don’t have lines on your upper arms, or on your wrist if you wear watches or jewelry.
  5.  Guys and girls this is a perfect opportunity to shop and go all out on your photos.  I always recommend a “Going out” on a night on the town as your first outfit and a more “Casual” look for the second outfit and location.  I am happy to provide additional outfit examples just reach out to me!

 

Sample Outfit Color Schemes and best colors to wear:

  1. Blues
  2. Navy
  3. Greys
  4. Burgundy
  5. White
  6. Purple
  7. Pinks
  8. Blacks

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Should I Hire a Hair and Makeup Artist?

  1. I always answer this question with a resounding yes!  Why?  These are photographs you will be showing your family and grandkids in 30 years, why not invest now and ensure your family legacy continues with professional photos?  Working with a hair and makeup artist for your engagement session ensures your skin is glowing, your hair is perfectly crafted and carefully placed, all while enhancing your overall appearance which always balances out in professional engagement photos!
  2.  I do not recommend doing your own hair/makeup as other artist are skillfully trained and experienced in working with many other brides just like yourself!
  3.  Why stress on the day, hire a professional will take the time to glam you and prepare your Hollywood like movie star photos
  4.  Take your engagement session as an opportunity to get glammed up! Hiring a professional hair and makeup artist is a great way to feel and look your best, and they’ll be the expert on what looks good on camera

Need help with Makeup Artists?  Don’t hesitate to ask your photographer for referrals!

 

What to Expect When You Take Photos

  • Every photographer is different, but here’s what you can expect from an engagement session with me. 
  • I’m all about unposed, real moments – so my priority is making sure that you feel natural, comfortable, and relaxed. When we get started you might feel a little out of your element, but that’s absolutely okay! Within a few minutes, you’ll forget all the nerves and realize that this is actually pretty fun. Don’t worry – I’ll direct you and tell you how to look amazing in every photo, and tell you what to do with your hands if you’re struggling. But, I’ll talk to you, get to know you both, ask questions, and capture not just how you look, but how you feel when you’re standing next to the love of your life
  •  You will walk away with not only amazing photos but but also the confidence to know how to look your best on your Cinderella Wedding day!

Tips for Hiring an Engagement Photographer

The most important thing for your engagement session is the photographer you hire – because it’s their job to make sure you feel your best! Before the camera shutter ever clicks, it’s important that you click with your photographer, and that they’re someone you connect with and can talk to. You’ll be spending a lot of time together, so chat with any potential photographers and see if it’s a good fit!

If you’re ready to schedule an engagement session, contact me – let’s get to know each other, and see if we connect!

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