Getting engaged is one of the most exciting moments in a couple's life. Sharing the experience with loved ones near and far is part of the joy. Some couples want to capture a surprise engagement, other want to have professional studio photos before the wedding to use as gifts or in wedding invitation announcements. Whatever the reason, engagement photo sessions are a very romantic and valuable idea. Years from now you’ll look back at the pictures and cherish every moment. But before you schedule your engagement photo session, here are a few tips for you.
1. Define Your Photo Style.
Every engagement photographer has a unique style, so take your time to research what you like and don’t like. Do you like candid, unposed pictures or dramatically-lit landscape portraits? Do you want simple, everyday photos at your favorite coffee shop or an elegant and timeless shoot in a mansion? Some photographers are versatile, offering many different styles, while others like to shoot one particular style. Determine your style preferences and choose a photographer that matches your tastes.
2. Plan & Prep
Your shoot will go a lot smoother if you start thinking of the shots you want, the location for your shoot, and potential props you'd like to use in advance. It will take time to find the perfect engagement photo session location, a makeup artist, a hairstylist, and a great wardrobe. Do you want to have a playful photo-shoot in the middle of winter or a sultry shoot during the height of summer? Seasonal weather, temperature, time of day and time of year are factors in the success of a photo shoot, so plan accordingly.
3. Strategize & Prioritize
Your engagement photos are a once in a lifetime event. For this reason, couples may want to take a million shots at as many locations as possible. This is fine if your budget can handle a multi-location and multi-day extravaganza shoot, but most of us can't afford such a large shoot. To avoid spending a fortune and still get all the shots you want, strategize and prioritize beforehand. Make a list of what you want to get out of your engagement session. Determine if there are any specific poses, backdrops, or locations you want. Decide if you want to have outfit changes and discuss all of your priorities with your engagement photographer as soon as possible. Together we can create a perfect engagement photo session!
4. Pick a Location
Location, location, and location. I can’t stress enough how important is to pick a location or even multiple locations. Remember that some locations charge for the photo session and others are free. Make sure you budget for this. Here in Miami, we have a wide variety of options. From white-sand beaches, artsy Wynwood, South Beach's Art Deco, glamorous Coral Gables, to urban Brickell and everything in between. If you can't decide on a location, contact your engagement photographer and discuss various options. We shoot a lot and we have many unique ideas that we can customize to your needs.
5. Choose Your Wardrobe
Your wardrobe needs to match your location. High heels and beautiful gowns won’t work well on the beach! After you pick your location it is important to discuss wardrobe options, color themes, and style to compliment the location.
6. Decide on Meaningful Items
I always recommend bringing some meaningful items. Anything that has meaning for the two of you will compliment our session tremendously. Books, balloons, flowers, or pets. Anything that will help tell the story of you as a couple. Meaningful items make photoshoot more creative, fun and exciting!
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