Think of an engagement session more like a date, and less of smiling and looking directly at the camera (smiling is still a good thing, in fact smile lots, and laughing, flirting and joking are all acceptable too!). It can be hard to try and be yourself with someone “watching” but the more comfortable you can feel together the more natural and fun your pictures will look.
It may also be helpful for you to look at other couple’s engagement shots (on other photographers web sites as well as my own) to get an idea of what style you like. How are they posed? Where are they at? What are they wearing? What are their expressions like? What are they doing with their hands/legs? Once you pick your top 5-10 photos send them my way (send me the link or “print screen” and paste into a WORD doc) or even easier, pin to Pinterest so I can get a good idea as well! And don’t forget the share them with your fiancé so they know what’s coming too.
Location (My HELLO Pinterest boards can help with ideas):
- What would you do on a perfect date? Where would you be? What would you be doing?
- How would you describe a wonderful Sunday afternoon just the two of you? Where would you be? What would you be doing?
- What do you enjoy doing most together?
- What do you take pride in?
- What did you bond over when you started dating?
Hints on Clothing (check out my “She and Him” and other Pinterest boards for ideas):
- Have the clothes match the location and season for the shoot. Shorts and flip flops probably are not the best on a cold day (this goes back to being comfortable, if you are not warm it’s harder to look warm and happy) and formal attire is best not worn in the woods – but a cute dress and shoes is still totally great.
- It should be something you are comfortable in but a notch up from what you would normally wear. Think about what you would wear to whatever it is we are doing for the shoot and then step it up with a great piece of jewelry, a scarf or super cute shoes.
- 2 outfit changes are welcomed, and they give variety to the pictures.
- Think about layering clothing.
- It’s best not to wear overly tight jeans or other clothes that are overly tight and restrict movement. Or show curves you don’t want shown.
- Wear clothes that are complementary in style and color but don’t be matchy.
- Wear clothes that are the same level of dressyness. Don’t dress up and have your fiance wear their everyday street clothes.
- Darker colors are slimming and they are also easier to photograph. But if you have something in white or off white, don’t be afraid to wear it.
- Wear shoes you love but be sure you can comfortably walk in them or bring a backup, we usually walk a fair bit.
- Leave your purse behind, unless you want it in the photos. (You can be more free and fun without it) I can carry your keys and a few necessities in my camera bag. We can go back to the car for clothing changes or change when we switch locations.
- If you want to have your dog in some of the photos, it would be best to have a friend come along to watch him/her while we are taking other shots unless you want them in all the photos or they do fine tied up for a while or in the car.