With the perfect proposal, now it is time to find the perfect photographer for your engagement photos!
• Find a photographer that fits your style! Most wedding photography packages include engagement photos, so if you haven’t chosen a photographer yet, do so. Read Things to Remember When Choosing Your Wedding Photographer
• Engagement photos should be taken around six months before your wedding date. If you want to include your engagement photos on your save-the-date announcements, take your photos sooner (Read When to Send Your Save the Dates). Also, once you receive your engagement photos, you may want to send an announcement to the local newspaper (we’ll discuss this in a future post, so stay tuned).
• Choose the “style” of photographs you want: fun and quirky, romantic, cute and funny, artsy, sexy and seductive and so on. Choose your style right away so you can determine wardrobe and locations. Depending on how long your engagement session is, you could choose two or more styles. Make sure you have a plan for wardrobe and locations for each.
• Take the time to choose the right locations. Locations should have interesting elements and colors to fit your theme or they should mean something special to the two of you. Make a day of checking out possible locations.
• Wardrobe is very important. You want to coordinate, but not be matchy-matchy. You want to look fabulous, but be comfortable in whatever you’re wearing. Comfort is key to taking great photos. Choose your outfits based on your style and/or your theme. Remember to lay your outfits out next to each other to determine whether they coordinate well. Any jewelry worn should look nice without being distracting.
• Ladies — you’re often comfortable doing your own hair and makeup (use matte makeup for best results), but you may want to go to a professional for that extra boost of confidence. It’s totally up to you! Also, make sure your hair, nails, toe nails and eyebrows are done.
•Gents — get a haircut one or two weeks before. Also, make sure your nails are clean and that facial hair is trimmed just how you like it.
• Posing is probably the most difficult part about engagement photos for most people. Here are few tips to keep you feeling good and looking great: Get comfortable being affectionate in front of the camera for some great candid shots. Put hands in pockets with thumbs out or with thumbs in and hands out. Don’t tan a lot. Try keeping hands at different levels: one beside you and one in your pocket. Have fun! Be playful! Most importantly, focus on each other, not the camera.
• Remember to document your engagement photo journey, from choosing a photographer to receiving the photographs, in your wedding album.