Engagement Shoot Prep Guide: How to Best Get Ready
Your engagement session is for you two. Yes, you can use the photos for your wedding invitations, but your engagement photos don’t serve just one purpose. It’s a step towards your wedding that we want to mark and not miss. It’s an important time that only happens once to capture your love on this specific step of the planning process. Here are my best tips to get ready for your engagement shoot!
Another reason not to skip your engagement session is that it gives us time to get to know each other before the wedding day. This is a chance for you to begin feeling comfortable in front of the camera (or at least try!) as we get used to working together as a team. The more familiar we are with each other the more relaxed you will feel being photographed on the wedding day!
Your engagement shoot is so much more than checking a box from your wedding to-do list or putting a picture on the save-the-date card. I’m here as your engagement photographer to capture a special season of your relationship that you’ll never get back.
Your relationship will continue to go through different seasons, but this particular one only comes once. I want to ensure that you look back for years to come and remember this precious time with a smile.
The number one question I get asked about engagement sessions is what to wear! I always respond with a point of greatest importance: wear what’s comfortable and be yourself.
I can provide ideas for patterns, styles, layers, accessories, etc. that work well in engagement shoot photos. But, if your outfits don’t reflect you, then your engagement photos can’t fully tell your story and we would miss the entire point of your engagement session.
I’ll always start our session chatting through whether or not you two have had photos taken like this before, and if so, how your experience felt (negative or positive). One point I always make is that the goal of your engagement shoot is to have FUN! Walking away from this experience without that means I didn’t do my job. I firmly believe that!
The most organic photos come when the two of you are so wrapped up in the moment that you don’t worry about how you look. The amount of times I’ve heard couples say: “I’m not photogenic” or “We’re always so awkward in photos,” is countless. These feelings are very valid and I get it!
Know that these feelings couldn’t be further from the truth! You and your partner being completely wrapped up in your love is all that matters. If you trust me to direct you then the photos will speak for themselves!
One way to make the engagement photoshoot more comfortable is to turn it into an adventure! What I love about adventure sessions is that you can literally make them anything you want!
If you generally feel uncomfortable with getting your photos taken, having an activity as part of your engagement shoot is a great way to break down that barrier. Start with an activity that’s meaningful to you! Incorporating the story of your relationship is an ideal way to make your engagement photos even more meaningful. I’ve had couples walking through the woods in winter, running along the ocean at sunrise, or longboarding in their local neighborhood! It always tells such a special story!
Julanda and Riley decided to choose a spot special to them that was close to their Bend, Oregon home. Julanda is originally from Germany, and met Riley while they were both traveling abroad. They had actually already gotten married by a friend of theirs in their home on their couch! But, they had never had an official wedding, and neither of them had worn rings until the proposal right before this engagement session. It was an important occasion on so many levels!
Pets are such a big part of so many couple’s lives and if that’s you, then definitely include them in your engagement shoot! I LOVE when couples bring their pets along because it creates such a fun mix of photos. Julanda and Riley’s two German Shorthaired Pointers just stole the show!
You’ll always want to remember the furry friend who spent this season with you! We will talk through the details and plan out photos that provide a good variety of shots!
Your engagement shoot is all about providing you with the time and space to relax, enjoy one another, and remember why you’re so excited to get married in the first place! I provide the options you need to create the perfect environment that fits the engagement session of your dreams!
One of my favorite things is to spend all day with couples adventuring and telling their story! I offer custom-built packages that we can create together. I have gone on a seven-mile hike, hung out for dinner and drinks, and so many other fun full-day activities! Learn more about your package options by setting up a chat right here!
One thing I wish every couple knew and could grasp is that the pressure for your engagement shoot is totally OFF! This isn’t a performance and you can’t do it wrong. It’s all about telling your own story in the most organic and natural way!