Planning engagement photos or helping out a friend, here are my top 5 tips!
1. Hire a Professional
Your engagement is such a short season of your life - small but mighty. So young and in love, just living your best life with each other is your number one priority, and maybe planning that wedding, too ;) Before you know it you're growing older, starting a family, etc. and life changes (not in a bad way, just change), so it's important to capture this time in your life before you move onto the next beautiful season. It's here and gone, so have it done professionally. Ideally you hire your wedding photographer to photograph your engagement session because it will give you guys an opportunity to work together before the big day!
2. Find the perfect outfit for YOU
There are a few keys here:
Comfort - You need to be physically comfortable AND feel comfortable with what you have chosen.
Colors - Neutrals and muted colors are the best options. These choices will photograph well in any environment. Stay away from bright colors that could be a distraction to the image. Try to keep blue denim to either you or your fiance, not both of you.
Accessories - Ladies, a neutral fedora is the perfect addition to your engagement pictures. It can be slipped on and off easily for some variety. Guys, pickup a bouquet for your lady because she is awesome and deserves it... then bring it to your engagement session. Flowers are the perfect pop of color!
Shoes - Wear nice shoes. They may only show up in some of the images, but when they do it is important that they are nice and clean. The saying is true, dress from the bottom up ;)
Whatever you decide to wear, make it something you feel like a million bucks in! If you can't decide or need suggestions just ask your photographer.
3. Get creative on locations
The easiest way to make your engagement photos special to you is by photographing them somewhere specific to you and your fiance.
Did you meet while on vacation? Go there.
Do you guys have a coffee shop you visit once a week? Go there.
Do you spend your Summers at the lake together? Go there.
Is your new home your happy ever after? Go there.
Do you love to go to concerts? Heck, let's go to a concert!
SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM TO SEE NUMBERS 4 AND 5! Go ahead and gawk over Caylor and Katrina on your way there...
4. Go all out with yourself
Consider having your hair and makeup professionally done. Keeping hair and makeup simple is perfect if that is your style, but still having the help of a professional is relaxing and they know what they are doing - what photographs well. Just treat yo'self girl! (Unless you are one of those crazy talented humans who can do hair and makeup yourself like a boss, then I'm jealous of you and do your thing boo.) As far as nails, be sure they are nice. That can mean no polish at all or a nice manicure... nothing in between. Remember your hands and nails need to look nice because there is a good chance they may be showcasing that diamond in a few shots.
If you want to start the shoot out by sharing a glass of wine, then let's have a dang glass of wine. Have fun with your fiance and just be yourself together. Sometimes when I am photographing couples I direct each move, and other times I am just a fly on the wall - BOTH are necessary. Try not to overthink it and just do you. Just relax, IT'S FUN! Your engagement session is basically a date, so treat it like one - you will have fun and have the best turnout.