It’s no secret that I love working with couples! I love capturing this amazing time in a couple’s life where they have just decided to spend the rest of their lives together and are excited to share news of their love with the world. Besides being fun, I can’t stress how important engagement sessions are. They give you the opportunity to feel what’s it’s like to be photographed and you get to practice a little for the big day! Plus capturing your love and personalities in a casual environment is a lot more fun than you may think! And now you’ll have lots of pictures for your “Save the Date” cards, guestbook, and even to decorate your new home when the time comes. Ready for your session? Here are a few tips to help you prepare!
Location, Location, Location
I love it when our couples choose their own location based on where they like to spend time together, where they like to go on dates, or even where he (or she!) popped the question. Choosing a location that represents you and your relationship as a couple will help create images that are special to you in so many ways. If you don’t have a favorite spot, luckily for you we live in a state that has tons of options. To view our list of favorite spots for an engagement session click here: NJ Engagement Photo Locations. Of course, we are also near to NYC and Philly and I always love going into the city so if you’re city people, let’s do your session in an urban location!
Most couples opt to schedule their engagement session anywhere between 6-12 months before their wedding. Think about when you’ll want to send out “Save the Date” cards and schedule your session 1-2 months before that in order to give yourself plenty of design time once your images are delivered. You may also opt to schedule your session during a season opposite the one when you’ll be getting married.
Time of Day
My favorite times of day for a session are just after the sun rises and just before it sets. If you’d rather not get up at the crack of dawn for your session then schedule it about two hours before sunset. This will give us lots of beautiful and soft evening light, and maybe a nice sunset at the end. To check the time the sun will set at a specific time of year be sure to check out the Sunrise-Sunset Calendar.
Wear something that complements the setting and that you’re comfortable in! Play with layers and texture. Be sure to coordinate, not match. Ladies, take one of the colors from your outfit and use a similar color in your fiance’s shirt or tie. Add layers, coordinating colors, and accessories to create a perfect look. Definitely avoid bold prints or logos as they tend to stand out too much and are distracting. And don’t be afraid to bring a second outfit – a dressy one and a casual one make for a perfect session!
Don’t be afraid to bring props to your session. This will make your session unique and tell us about you as a couple. We won’t use them in all of the photos but we will certainly use them to personalize some of your images in a way that is completely YOU. Be sure to email me a list of what you’ll be bringing so that I can come with ideas!
Make-Up and Nails
This is a great time to do a make-up trial. Why not schedule your trial run on the day of your engagement session? This way you can see how it’ll look in pictures and it’ll take away the stress of doing your own make-up that day. If you prefer to do your own make-up, be sure to apply a little more than usual so that it shows up in the photos. And don’t forget to get a manicure so you can show off that ring! Also, be sure to check out our post on Top 10 Tips for Bridal Beauty for some more make-up advice.
Find some time a day or two before your session to check out our engagement posts so that you get an idea of what we’ll be doing. I’ll give you plenty of direction but it’s always good to know what to expect. Practice dips and lifts for some fun and romantic photos. Check out some of our engagement sessions here.
We will be walking around a lot during your session so, ladies, if you choose to wear heels, don’t hesitate to bring along some flats to change into for easy walking during setting changes.
Purses and wallets
Purses tend to get in the way and wallets tend to be bulky so try to remember to leave those behind. I’ll be happy to put your car keys in my camera bag for you so that you don’t even have to carry those around.
Relax and have fun!
This is an amazing time in your lives – enjoy every minute!
I hope these Top 10 Tips for Your Engagement Session help you prepare for your session and as always, if you have any questions or ideas regarding your engagement session, email us at email@example.com. For more Tips for Brides click here. Happy Wedding Planning!
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