yay! Your engaged!
it’s time to celebrate the momentous occasion with an amazing photoshoot you will remember for years to come. Easy right? But where do you start? Many examples show cheesy couples' photos, impossible pictures off a cliff, and countless dull shots that leave you wondering if you are better off with just an iPhone selfie. Hopefully, you can find practical engagement picture inspiration that works at any location. We also hope that we can provide some time to make the best out of your session.
Location can be an extension of your relationship, reflecting who you are as a couple. Do you travel the world or chill on the couch and watch a movie. What about a symbolic location such as a first date or the place you first said: "I love you."
What if you want color, want to explore, or just want great-looking pictures. Location can make or break pictures but it does not need to be the sole focus of things. Your relationship should be front and center, and that should be reflected first in your pictures. A good photographer should help uncover this regardless of location.
Favorite Location Spots:
coffee shop, brewery, botanical garden, vacation location, college/high school grounds, downtown, museum, patio, park, theme park, or restaurant.
Unless you're a model, getting "candid" shots will probably feel anything but natural—but there are a few simple ways to help ease any discomfort. I always tell my couples: if it feels normal it more than likely looks natural. I then work to pose from that snuggle, kiss, or dance.
K-I-S-S-I-N-G: From handholding to sexy, to a full-on kiss. Showing off some public displays of affection is ok during an Engagement Session. Having a great relationship with your photographer will help you feel natural in front of the camera. Let your photographer know what you want and what you are comfortable with. its also good to have a game plan, pin up some boards on Pinterest and share it with your photographer.
What about Props: Hmm, I am not big or PROPS. I do like small simple items that can easily be removed or changed. Think about a book, umbrella, smoke/confetti bomb, environmental (surfboards at the beach), sharing headphones, scarf, hat, matching sneakers, and well you get the point. Don't let my taste get in the way, if you have a grand idea like modeling on top of your '69 Mustang, go for it. If that is who you are as a couple then go for it.
Black and White: For a timeless classic photo. In many cases, photographers edit first in color then convert to black and white. Some changes might be needed but it might not hurt to ask for a select few favorite picture in black and white. If you want this while avoiding any extra cost, make this part of your game plan before the session. Ask up-front for any additional cost in doing this.
Dramatic Colors: You have color, then you have color pop. I love color especial when used correctly
Wardrobe: Personally I would recommend avoiding busy prints or strips. I would also stay away from having the exact solid color if possible, sometimes it makes you look like one continuous entity. Depending on the season, complementary colors or analogous colors are always a safe choice.
Golden Hour/Blue Hour: Sunset is the perfect time to capture a beautiful shot that guarantees great lighting. This might make for a short session so make sure you have a photographer that can take pictures in full sun. What does this mean? Ask your photographer if they have a high powered flash to take pictures in full sun. If they don't know what you are talking about, probably best to stay in the shade or sunset.
Nighttime: What something dark or with colorful city lights as a backdrop. This would be perfect after golden hour is done.
Unexpected Weather: Embrace the weather. Get some rain boots or thrown on a coat and play in the snow. It is always a unique picture experience with a story to tell years after it over.