How to Prepare for your Engagement Shoot:
Not all photographers are like this, but here’s what you can expect at an engagement session with me. I’ve found this style of shooting yields the best results!
1. Prepare to be yourself! The most important thing for both of you is to come prepared to be yourselves. Don’t worry about whether or not you look stiff, or whether or not I’m shooting your good side. Also, I’ll give you lots of direction, so don’t worry about being told to “Act natural!” repeatedly 😛 And most of all, don’t be afraid to make a pose your own. Sounds silly, but what I mean is don’t be afraid to relax and laugh at each other An engagement shoot is all about capturing the love you two have created, and I want to see that! I promise the best photos will come when you aren’t worrying about how you look.
2. Prepare to shoot at “golden hour!” If you’ve seen my blog, you know I’m a fan of shooting when the sun is about to set. I just love the effect that “golden hour” has on my images. That and, after the sun has set, there’s a 30 minute period where the diffused light really brings out colors and vibrancy. Soft, post-sunset light produces incredible images. It’s not all about sun flare, and certainly not about shooting in direct light! Some people don’t think I can shoot once the sun has set, but they couldn’t be more wrong. My equipment allows me to easily shoot up to an hour after the sun has set because the camera’s sensor is much more sensitive to light than typical point and shoots. Shooting before, during, and after golden hour is a great way to create a wide variety of images. Also, if I can’t have golden hour, I love getting creative with umbrellas or an indoor space with window light :). The first 3 images here are shot at golden hour, and the last 2 were shot at least 15 minutes after the sun had set.
3. Prepare to go on a fun adventure, preferably outdoors. I am a natural light photographer, which certainly means I am not a fan of studios, backdrops and lots of artificial lighting. That doesn’t mean I can’t shoot indoors. It means I like to use the available light around me, and be as creative as possible, while still traveling light! This means I can shoot almost anywhere! I would love to go to shoot you at any place that is special to you, such as your hometown, where he proposed, where you met, etc. The following 3 images were shot at the Katie & Chris’ build site for their new home, Amanda & Daniel’s hometown and where they met, and Main Street Station, where Sarah & Chris would have their wedding ceremony.
What to Wear for your Engagement Shoot:
One of the main reasons I did this blog post is because of how many couples ask about clothing advice! I don’t claim to be a fashion expert, of course, but here are some tips (and some photos!) on how to be comfortable and look great for your engagement shoot:
1. Bring 2 outfits! If you’re not sure what to wear, bring one casual outfit, and one more dressy/formal outfit. If you have a different idea of what you want to wear, then go with it! I’m up for anything!
2. Pick something you feel comfortable in! There is no point in wearing something you don’t feel confident in! If you’re constantly needing to adjust your dress because its not quite fitting right or you’re not feeling 100% sure about that shirt…don’t wear it. Pick something you know fits well and is comfortable to move around in because when the photos come out, you’ll be even more critical!
3. Avoid wearing small patterns or matching clothes. The no-matching rule excludes matching clothes with a specific purpose, such as, for example, showing off a sports team you both like! Otherwise matching clothes without a purpose just looks cheesy. Small patterns tend to simply look unflattering in photos. This is not always the case, but it’s worth considering when choosing your outfits.
4. Coordinate! The best “word” of advice I can give to couples preparing for their engagement shoot is to coordinate.
5. Wearing matching colors but in different SHADES looks great!
6. Matching accessories are a great way to look as though you belong together without looking cheesy together 😛
7. Contrast your colors: If one of you is wearing a bright colors or patterns, the other will coordinate well in a solid, more neutral color.