I am so excited to be part of so many 2017 weddings! Engagement sessions are full in swing and here is a little inspiration to get ready!
Find the best location, talk to your photographer. We generally spend hours of driving around ensuring to find the best location for the best light! Perhaps a location that is important to the both of you, where he proposed, or where you first met. Wherever the location, make it special. We’ll do everything we can to capture the perfect moments.
2. What should we wear?
Probably one of the most common questions I get is, “what should we wear?”. This really goes back to the original point of picking the correct location. If we’re doing a beach session, for example, a suit and tie wouldn’t be first choice.
If we’re doing a downtown city shoot, then something more dressy would work. Basically what you want is something that you could see yourself wearing that also matches the look of the location. Don’t go overboard either, because you’ll feel uncomfortable and you’ll feel like it’s not really you. We still want your personalities to show. Bring options. You want to be able to change in case you change your mind, or in cases where we change locations, I always suggest bringing a second look so you essentially get two different photo shoots in one day.
Pretend you’re going on a date, and you’ll look great! And if you decide to go on a date after the engagement session, then you’re ready to go!
3. What about my hair and make-up?
Although you can get away with doing your hair and make-up yourself, I always suggest either getting it professionally done at a salon of a friend can help you out so it’s one less thing to worry about. Some couples also get their “trial” run through the engagement session, this gives them an idea what it’ll look like when it’s photographed.
Additionally I always suggest bringing something with you to the shoot to touch up, and definitely hair spray to tame any stray hairs if it gets windy/humid. Knowing that with time and with all the running around we could potentially do, I try to get the close-ups out of the way earlier on so it’s not as crucial that every strand is in place in the shots later on.
4. What time should we plan the engagement session?
Photography is all about having great light. You can manipulate a photo in photoshop as much as you want, but if you have hard unflattering light, there’s not much you’re going to be able to do. I always schedule my engagement sessions about an hour to an hour and a half before the sun sets. That way you get that amazing afternoon light, an awesome sunset shot, and some night shots as well.
Scheduling it too early means you don’t get the changes in light and your entire engagement session looks like one long shoot. Whereas doing it near sunset you get two or three different looks as far as light goes.