Prepare for your Engagement session
What is an Engagement session?
An engagement shoot is, quite simply , a portrait session of you and your future spouse. Some clients opt for an engagement session to fulfil a specific purpose. Sometimes it’s for save the date cards, or to be used in a guest book to be displayed at your wedding reception. Sometimes it’s just a wonderful opportunity to have professional photographs taken of you two together during this time in your lives. Being engaged is a very special time in your relationship, and its lovely to commemorate that with pictures of you both together.
The first thing we will need to do together is to choose a location. If you have a location in mind, I’d love to hear about it! Many clients know precisely where they would like to shoot because they have a location that is important to them. Choosing a location that’s meaningful to you will give your engagement pictures even more impact. If you’re not sure where to shoot, don’t worry! I’d be glad to offer up some suggestions. I have a great list of go to locations that are great for engagement sessions.
This is also a great opportunity to get to know your photographer and see if you work well together. They will be spending your entire wedding day by your side so its so important that they compliment your wedding, make you feel relaxed and natural rather then being another stress to worry about!
The day of your engagement shoot
On the day of your session we will meet at your pre-determined location and get started! I will have a set of pre-chosen landmarks that i’ve scouted prior to the shoot, but instead of just walking from landmark to landmark I will be looking for beautiful light, incredible backgrounds and really anything that will make beautiful settings for your photos. If you see something that resonates with you, please feel free to point it out. This is your shoot and it’s always more fun and meaningful when my couples have input. When shooting, candids are gold so I’m always looking to capture the moments between moments. That being said there are definitely times when I will need to give you some direction. While I will set you in ‘poses’, they’re more gentle guides to interaction. I want to see how you are together, and how you’re comfortable. If you’re less inclined to public displays of affection, rest assured that I won’t have you do anything that doesn’t feel natural to you. If you’re exuberant and outgoing, I won’t set you into poses that are reserved and hands-off. A shoot lasts 1-2 hours and 300-500 images can be taken. During this time feel free to have as many wardrobe changes as you want. Just be aware that the time this takes is part of your session time.
First and foremost, you need to feel like yourself! If you’re a jeans & T-shirt type of woman, will you feel comfortable in a cocktail dress during your engagement shoot? If you love wearing flats, will you feel like yourself in a pair of heels? Don’t feel like you have to dress in a certain way. The most important thing is that you’re comfortable, that you feel natural, and that you’re wearing something that’s representative of who you are. Same thing applies for males. If you don’t want to go all in with a suit then go smart casual. That being said if you’ve seen a look that you really like and would love to get a bit creative i’m all for it. Just follow some of these guidelines below.
– Simplicity is always best, so when in doubt keep in mind that “less is more”.
– Avoid patterns and stripes, as they often will conflict with other elements in your portrait.
– Avoid logos, as they can be visually distracting.
– Neutral colours such as beige, white, black, tan and grey often photograph the best, as they complement skin tones and don’t conflict with common background elements.
– Wear clothing that fits properly. A proper fit that allows you to move and feel comfortable will help you look more confident in your portrait.
– Always dress with full length in mind, including shoes and socks in your wardrobe consideration. Shoe styles should be simple and non distracting.
– If you wear glasses regularly, you should wear them for your session as we want you to look like you normally do. Don’t worry about shine or glare, as we know how to look for these things and photograph accordingly.
– We normally recommend wearing minimal jewellery for your portrait. Jewellery that you wear on a daily basis is fine, but we prefer to not have you accessorise and add extra jewellery that you normally wouldn’t wear. If you do wear jewellery, it should be kept simple and it’s colour should be neutral and non-distracting.
– Apply makeup and style your hair as you normally would. Now is not the time to try out a new haircut or a new style of make-up that you aren’t comfortable with.
– We recommend against going for a professional tan or intentionally tanning outdoors prior to your session. A fresh tan may look good in person but the camera is more sensitive to skin tones and your natural colour is always more flattering in photographs.
At the end of the day we just want you to have fun and enjoy the experience and that will be reflected in your photos. Our photographers are easy going so expect a very relaxed, fun atmosphere. The engagement shoot is slow paced and informal so soak in the time you have together and enjoy yourselves.