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The holidays are over, now come all those sweet engagement photos! I absolutely LOVE engagement photos! It gives couples a chance to be uniquely themselves and show who they are without the pressure of everyone watching. Think of this as the trial run for your wedding day! You want to be comfortable in front of the camera because the day you say "I do" the cameras will be ALL AROUND YOU!
you’re going to be married for over fifty years, but you only get to be engaged for this short period of time. Soak in this moment. You want your once in a lifetime engagement photos to look perfect! I created this guide for you, and packed it with all of the secrets for getting the best out of your engagement experience.
My goal is to create images that are natural, candid, fun, and represent you as a couple.
This is definitely not a rule book. At the end of the day, the location you choose and outfits you select won't matter nearly as much as the memories you make together. I want you to relax and enjoy your engagement session. Laugh a lot. I will take care of the rest!
Choosing the right time and date
I LOVE natural light because I think that it creates photographs that feel fresh, timeless and true to you as a couple. I begin all engagement sessions 60 minutes before the scheduled sunset during “the golden hour,” when the light is the dreamiest. Use a sunset calculator online to determine the scheduled sunset for the date and location you’d like to do your session. Then, just subtract 60 minutes to figure out your start time. Remember, the sun sets much earlier during the colder months of the year and much later during the warmer months, so make sure to factor that in when choosing your engagement session date, especially if you’re taking time off work or have evening plans afterward.
To get the most out of your session, please plan a buffer when getting ready so you can arrive a few minutes early. If you’re wearing two outfits, save your favorite one for the second half, and if you’re wearing only one, arrive in that.
Selecting the perfect location
THE LOCATION OF YOUR ENGAGEMENT SESSION IS UP TO YOU! If you have a specific location in mind already, let me know. If not, i can always suggest a location. I am constantly scouting and searching for new locations to use. The location of your session should be some reflection of you as a couple. If you don't like the beach, then we obviously won't go there. If you enjoy nature, we can go to a park. If you don't go downtown often, we won't go there. This all comes back to us getting to know each other more so we can settle on a location that fits you as a couple. Here are some things to consider:
THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX: Is there a place you like to go to on date nights? Sometimes this can be the best location! Favorite Coffee shop or Brewery? Or maybe you like to grab pizza at your fav local restaurant? I encourage you to brainstorm unique locations that you might have special access to that most people don’t. For example, maybe you, or someone in your personal or professional network, can secure permission to a location that would otherwise be off-limits, like a beautiful private estate, country club or resort. Maybe it’s a family ranch, upscale hotel or even an airplane hangar. The sky is literally the limit!
NATURE: If we've settled on a location out in nature (i.e. woods, river, etc.), be sure to come prepared for that specific location. If we're heading out in the woods, be sure to bring bug spray and even shoes you don't mind getting dirty.
TRAVELING: I love to travel! Destination engagement sessions are unique and fun! If you want to shoot somewhere that isn't local to Killeen or Fort Hood, just let us know and we can discuss travel info. Keep in mind that travel fees will apply.
What do we wear?!
One of the questions we get asked most is, "What should we wear?"! Plan a 3-4 color palate for you that fits the season of your session. (Leave the matching white shirts at home!) I suggest to stay away from solid black, neons, shiny fabrics and most importantly-- keep away from solid white! Think color, color and more color! Add in texture with leggings, scarves, jewelry, etc. Don't be afraid to mix and match and get creative! Be sure that you are comfortable in what you wear. Try on your outfit choices before your session and make sure you love them from all angles. I love when clients send photos of their outfit choices! Not only does this help in planning, but it is a great way for me to offer recommendations and suggestions!
Most full sessions can accommodate 2 outfit changes. Keep in mind that most of the time your "dressing room" will be your vehicle since we are generally in public areas--so be sure to plan accordingly.
Style Tips For Her
Have you thought about rocking a sequined gown, tulle skirt or flower crown but just never had an occasion for it? This is your chance to do it up! Remember: There is no such thing as “too dressed up” when it comes to your engagement session, so don’t be afraid to have some fun! If you don’t want to add a new permanent piece to your collection, a lot of brides love Rent the Runway for their engagement photos because you don’t have to spend a lot to feel like a million bucks. Plus, you can send the outfits back when the session is over. Other brides just love having a great excuse to bring a new permanent piece (or two!) into their closet! I recommend avoiding pants and shorts for your session, and saying yes to a dress or two! Remember, though, you don’t have to bring two looks if it’s too stressful or you’d rather just stick to one fabulous look. Just one outfit that you love will be so much better than one outfit you love paired with another you’re not very excited about. So, one or two? It’s really up to you!
Flattering Your Features
In my experience, every woman, regardless of her shape has an area of her body that she’s self-conscious about, so recognizing what area that is in advance is key. Choosing flattering silhouettes and colors that complement your natural features is the best way to ensure you’ll love the way you look in your photos.
Three-quarter length sleeves create an awesome slimming effect on all arms, so be on the lookout for an option with a longer length sleeve. You could also bring a cute jacket, blazer or cardigan along, too. Skinny straps or strapless dresses have the opposite effect on arms on camera, so I recommend avoiding those whenever possible if your self-conscious about your arms.
Heels elongate women's legs making them look fabulous. Closed- toes heels in particular look great on camera because they carry out the line of your leg all the way down to your toe. If your toes are showing in a peep-toe heel, you might want to schedule a pedicure before your session so you don’t regret letting your feet show. These little tricks make all the difference!
Quick Tip: Bring a pair of flats to wear when moving from place to place. Your feet will thank you later!
-Get your nails did
-Have your ring cleaned
-Hire a pro Makeup artist (Fun fact, I am one!) and hair stylist
-Skip the spray tan
-Avoid clothes that might show bra straps or tags.
-Avoid clothes with logo or branding
Style Tips or Him
Aim for long pants and a nice button down. Long pants and closed-toed shoes are the most sophisticated and masculine looks for men. They draw attention away from his legs and feet and place it where you want it: on the face you fell in love with. So, for your session, it’s best to leave the shorts and sandals at home. Thinking of going all out? Men look most striking in a well-tailored suit. The best part? If you don't own one, there are now amazing rentals companies where you can affordable rent a dapper look. Check out TheBlackTux.com, its a favorite! Solid shades of gray or navy are a strong compliment to most women’s outfits, whereas pinstripes or plaid patterns tend to distract the eye
Think details! Ties, bowties, cool socks, belts, tie clips, suspenders, vests and watches are sharp compliments to any outfit. You can still mix and match accessories to compliment both of her dresses without doing a full change during the session. So, either way, you win.
-hats (unless a cowboy hat is unique to you)
-clothing with logos or brands
A fresh hair cut is a MUST!
Ladies, help prep your man!
Most men aren't overly excited to take photos for 60 minutes, because they don’t have an expectation of what’s to come and why it’s so important to you. Take fifteen minutes to educate and empower your guy. Tell him why you chose me and my style of photography. Show him a favorite session that I’ve done, explain why you love them and express to him how much it means to you. Trust me, once he knows it’s important, he’ll light up the camera for you! The most common thing I hear from guys before engagement sessions is this: they don’t like taking photos or don’t think they’ll be good at it. By the time we’re done, though, they can’t believe how fast it went and just how much fun they had!
AFTER YOUR SESSION...Don't forget to plan a dinner date! You’re already going to be all dressed up! Why not take advantage of it? We know the wedding planning process can feel all-consuming, so take some time after the session just for the two of you to relax and have some fun together. You deserve it!
Just like your wedding, the more you plan and invest in your engagement session the smoother it will go and better it will be. Don't leave the details of your session to the last minute. This will only create stress and will take away from what it is supposed to be - FUN!
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions you have. We're here for you and want to create a session and experience that is perfect for you!