Engagement photos are great, not just because you get some nice photos to use for your save-the-date cards, but because they give you a chance to get comfortable with your photographer. So how to make the most of an engagement session? A few tips:
- Loosen up and relax. One of the keys to great engagement photos is looking comfortable. No matter how good the lighting, posing, or camera gear, if you look uncomfortable it’ll show in the photos. One of the key benefits of an engagement shoot is the chance to build rapport with your photographer. You’re going to be spending a lot of time together on The Big Day, and you want to feel as comfortable as possible. Take this opportunity to let your hair down and relax a bit. The pictures will be better, too.
- Good location. It’s not what you think. Yes, a dramatic and scenic surrounding can make for good photos, but the priority here is for you to have a connection to your surroundings – because you like the area, because it means something special to you as a couple, because you can feel relaxed there. Places having special meanings are best because they help create photos that not only look good, but have some deeper meaning, as well. But just enjoying an area works, too.
- Outfits. Looking good for your photos is important. And while you can look good by dressing up all fancy, you can also look good by wearing what you’re comfortable in, and – most importantly – makes you feel like you look good. If you feel awkward in that sparkly dress (or ripped-up jeans), guess what? You’ll look awkward in the photos. It also helps if the clothing is appropriate for the location (walking on the beach in stilettos might be hard), and that you don’t clash with your sweetie. Bringing a change of outfits will create more variety in the photos.
- Include a pet for a few photos. One of the ways to get more comfortable in front of the camera (are you noticing a theme, here?) is to bring in a pet or child. After all, they’re engaged too, now. This can be a great way to warm up because the camera is no longer on just the two of you.
- Time of day. Why would the time of day matter? One word: light. I prefer to work with natural light, and some of the best natural light occurs in late afternoon on towards sunset. (Unless it’s a cloudy day – then any time is nice.) Some photographers like to haul around stands and softboxes and power supplies (and they can get some truly stellar photos), but that’s just not me.