Plan your session for the late afternoon – The professional you hired will probably suggest the morning or the late afternoon for your session and they have a good reason for this – the light! Mid-day lighting is the harshest light. It can cast dark shadows not only on the ground but on you and your sweet heart too! Morning and afternoon light is the most flattering for portraiture. An afternoon session gives you plenty of time to wake up and get prepared for the day!
Choose your location carefully – you might even want to visit a few of your choices before hand. You might want to pick somewhere breathtakingly scenic or somewhere more meaningful to you, your betrothed, or even to your family. Generally engagement sessions can last anywhere between 2 to 3 hours so you’ll have the chance to go to a few nearby locations. If you love the city you live in start off in the park and then take a walk out on the streets. You could simply stroll down the streets or stop by your favorite coffee shop or ice cream parlor.
Don’t stress about your clothing – naturally you should take some time to plan your outfits before the shoot so you’re not rushing to iron that shirt or find that super cute belt you love. Plan outfits that reflect who you are. Are you a super trendy couple sporting the latest fashions? Show it off. The same goes for the laid-back blue jeans and t-shirt types. Your engagement photographs are a chance to really show who you are as a couple! Your pro won’t mind if you pack a couple outfit changes too if you want to do a little of both! Also, you’ll want to consider the location your session is taking place – you probably won’t want to be hiking mountains in 3 inch stilettos or have your nicest slacks on a muddy back road. Just remember – the photographs are about you the clothing is just an accessory to your relationship.
Bring the essentials – if you’re planning an outfit switch you’ll definitely want to pack the extra outfit or accessories into a bag to bring on your shoot. If you were planning any props such as a “Save the Date” sign pack that too. You should also consider bringing some of these other items with you: hairbrush, hairspray, hair pins or ties, tissues, and walking shoes. Don’t forget your touch up lip-gloss and breath mints because chances are you’ll be doing a good amount of smooching!
Communicate your ideas with your photographer – if there was a photograph or pose you absolutely adored don’t be shy! More than likely your photographer has a billion ideas for your session but he or she would be glad to have your input. This helps your photographer get to know you as a couple and your personalities will begin to shine in every exposure. If you know you don’t like being photographed on the left side, let them know that too. Your photographer wants you to love your photos just as much as you want to love your photos so speak up! Together you can create beautiful photographs!