One of the things you would take away from your engagement would be the way he proposed, and not to mention the beautiful ring he slipped into your finger. If you have already started planning your wedding, you may already have an engagement photo shoot included as part of your wedding photography package. However in the event that you don’t, you can make plans to have one done a la carte. When you do decide to go ahead with your engagement photo shoot session, you need to prepare for it. Here are some of the things you need to keep in mind and work towards so that you end up with beautiful engagement photographs and some great memories from the day too.
Brainstorm with your Photographer
Knowing what you want is important. Often couples choose two styles, one set of pictures that are casual and another formal (which can be used for your save the date cards, for an engagement party invitation or for your newspaper wedding announcement).
Your photographer may offer you many suggestions, but it’s also important to do your own research and look for engagement shoot inspirations to figure out what you would like. Thereafter you can fit these styles into what suits you both and your personalities. For example, if you love books, you can choose a library as your location and work with books and newspapers as your props.
Make sure that whatever you choose to do, it resonates with the people you are. If you are offered a suggestion that isn’t you, don’t be afraid to say no. Also, choose clothing that you are comfortable with and is your style.
Timing and Sticking to it
Often the best pictures are possible when natural lighting is available. An ideal time would be two hours before sunset when the light is just right (the lighting offers a natural skin glow). As you are working within a time frame make sure that you are ready and on time. If you have working with a change of clothes and even location, then make sure to plan ahead of time and have made the arrangements such as a changing room and so forth.
Engagement Shoots are FUN
One thing for sure, engagement shoots are fun. After all, you are attempting to capture your personalities and the love that you share, so let loose and be relaxed. Don’t worry too much about the poses and angles, it’s up to the photographer to do all that. You just need to be yourselves and it will all fall in place. It’s important to interact with your fiancé and just have a good time. Once all the pictures have been taken, you can go through the many capture to pick out the best ones.
Image Credit:Bumby Photography
The Other Little Details
One thing most couple forget is that the ring will receive some spotlight too. It would be a good idea to have the ring cleaned beforehand. Also, when it comes to makeup and hair, take a little care to dab up shine spots and not to mention add a touch more makeup on your eyes, cheeks and lips so they stand out better in the photographs. Make sure to stick to matte makeup and don’t forget to paint your nails!