5 Insider Tips for Breathtaking Engagement Sessions
Did you recently get engaged? Congratulations!! I know it sounds like a cliché, but this is definitely one of the most exciting times in your life. Without a doubt, your head is just spinning with ideas. You’re dreaming about everything from first dance songs to dessert choices. You have so many fun choices to make, but today I’d like to talk about your engagement session.
Having engagement photos taken is such a significant part of your love story. For many of the couples I work with, this is when it really starts to sink in that they’re actually getting married! It is SO sweet to see. I’ve compiled a few of my favorite tips below to make sure your engagement photo session goes smoothly and you end up with photos that you’re going to revisit on your anniversary for decades to come.
Find a Photographer Whose Style You Adore
When it comes to wedding photography, it pays to spend a little bit of time researching your options. I’ve heard of brides being underwhelmed with their engagement photos (and wedding photos) because they ended up using someone their mom found online, or they waited too long and didn’t get their first (or second or third) choice of photographer.
Start the process early. It’s not uncommon for a wedding photographer’s calendar to fill up a year or more in advance. As soon as you lock in your wedding date, you want to start making phone calls, which means you should already have several photographers on your “wish list.”
Whatever style you like, whether it’s posed or unposed, traditional or modern, dark and dramatic or light and airy, you can easily find wedding photographers that match your preference. Search hashtags like #bostonweddingphotographer or #worcesterengagement on Instagram to find local photographers and browse their feeds to get a sense of their signature style.
Be True To Who You Are As A Couple
It can be so tempting to want to replicate something you’ve fallen in love with on Instagram or Pinterest. However, I like to remind couples that the best engagement photos are the ones that reflect who you really are as a couple. Maybe you’re not a couple that feels comfortable doing a deep romantic “stare into each other’s soul” kind of pose. If you are most relaxed and authentic when you’re laughing and being silly together, do that instead!
All your photographer wants to do during the engagement session is capture your genuine love for each other. When you share your true personalities with your photographer, this becomes much easier for everyone.
If you have something in your closet already that you want to wear for your engagement photos, congratulations… you are definitely one of the lucky few. Most future brides (and future grooms, too!) really struggle with what to wear for their engagement session. It can actually be a source of stress… and couples don’t need any more stress during the wedding preparation phase!
Consider going shopping for a new outfit that will make you look and feel amazing. This is the second most important look you’ll choose, especially if you plan on using your engagement photos for your save the date cards and wedding announcement. You want to look REALLY good!
When choosing your outfit, it’s best to avoid a black and white outfit, busy patterns, and brand names. Jewel tones are pretty universally flattering. Discuss with your photographer whether you will have the option to do an outfit change. While it isn’t typical, your photographer can often work with you if this is something you really want.
Break the Ice
Get to know your photographer’s work before arriving for your engagement session. Browse their website and social media pages to see some locations they’ve used recently, and some poses and photography styles they’re great at that you really like.
As you go through their work, feel free to leave a message on their Instagram or Pinterest page, for example. If you see something you love, comment on it and let them know it’s something you’d be interested in for your shoot. This will give your photographer time to prepare and plan for the shots you want, and it will allow them to scout for some ideal locations as well.
Bring Your Furry Friend Along
Some of my favorite engagement sessions include the couple’s four-legged companions. If your dog (or cat or hamster or snake) is always by your side, they should be by your side in your engagement photos as well… at least in a select few of them! It is such a great way to incorporate the love you have for your pet, and make sure your photos really reflect what’s important in your life.
Be sure to check out my galleries and my Instagram feed to see some of the beautiful engagement sessions I’ve been fortunate to capture for couples. If you’re looking for a Worcester engagement photographer, I’d love to chat. Let’s grab some coffee and swap ideas!