Engagement Tips & Tricks

July 4, 2024

Engagement Sessions Tips

Tips Tricks For Success

An engagement session is a beautiful prelude to your wedding day, offering a glimpse into the love and anticipation you share. To ensure your photos are as enchanting as your relationship, we’ve compiled a collection of expert tips and tricks. From choosing the perfect attire and locations to mastering natural poses and capturing candid moments, these insights will help you feel confident and radiant in front of the camera. Our guide is designed to make your engagement session not only a celebration of your love but also a joyful, stress-free experience, resulting in timeless images that you’ll treasure forever.

Be On Time

We typically plan your start time based on sunset. If you are late, it cuts into the sunlight we have available. No one wants dark photos, so arriving on time will ensure we have gorgeous light to work with for your whole shoot.

Bringing the Dog

I adore ALL the cute pups, so naturally, I love it when you bring them along! The best way to include them is to have someone else bring your dog during the last 15 minutes of your session or choose a session location that is less than 5 minutes away from your home. Contact me so we can work out the details.

Clean the Ring

Your ring will be a focal point of your photos, and I’d love to grab a few up-close shots of your ring while you change outfits. Cleaning it will ensure it’s nice and sparkly for photos!

Empty Your Pockets

Especially for guys, make sure you don’t have anything in your pockets. I am more than happy to store phones and keys in my bag, or ladies, you can bring a little purse to keep everything in.

Relax

You don’t have to be a pro at this! I will help you along the way, and it will be a blast. I don’t expect anything from you. Enjoy this time together and make a date out of it. Plan dinner before or afterward and celebrate!

Get Your Nails Done

Make sure your nails are freshly painted, or spoil yourself with a trip to the salon. Chipped nails will be noticeable in your photos. Neutral colors and pastels photograph beautifully and will match any outfit.

Bring Comfy Shoes

If you’re wearing heels, bring a pair of flip-flops or comfortable shoes to walk from spot to spot. Your feet will thank you later.

Choosing Outfits

How Many Outfits

Most often, my couples like to have one casual (think: date night) and then one outfit that is dressy. This will give your shoot two totally different “looks.” I recommend beginning with the more casual outfit first, so by the time the sun sets, you are in your best dress with the best light.

Professional Hair & Makeup

Ladies, I highly recommend doing your hair and makeup (even professionally) before your engagement session! This will not only ease the stress of you having to do it yourself, but you’ll get to see what the hair and makeup you want for your big day may actually look like in photos. If you aren’t doing a bridal session, use the engagement session as your trial hair and makeup run. Win-Win!

Choosing Colors

When choosing colors for your outfits, I recommend selecting lighter tones and more muted shades. Avoiding ultra-bright, bold colors will help bring all the attention to your face and let the eye focus on how you feel about each other. Soft pinks, muted blues, and light neutrals like heather gray, creams, leather brown, and white all work wonderfully.

Skip Casual Clothes

I know flip flops and graphic tees are *perfect* for everyday wear, but especially for the guys, long pants and closed-toe shoes look most masculine and photograph wonderfully! Trust me, it’s just for one hour… then you can go back to your most comfortable attire. Instead…

Dress it Up!

Have you ever wanted to rock a sequin dress or a long flowy maxi dress? Maybe you’ve dreamed of wearing a floral crown or wearing a tulle skirt. This is your chance! Ladies, especially for your dressy outfit, I typically recommend a long, flowy A-line dress that cinches at the waist. This is typically most flattering on all body types! For the guys, opt for a suit or nice pants and a suit jacket with a button-down for your fancy outfit.

Flatter Your Features

Ladies, remember which features you want to flatter and which features you want to hide when picking outfits! For example, if you want to hide your arms, choose a top with sleeves and skip the spaghetti straps. If you want to minimize your bust, choose a dress with a higher neckline and skip the strapless dress. If you opt for a low-cut dress, it will minimize the number of angles I can shoot.

Skip the Spray Tan

Even though it seems counterintuitive, I HIGHLY recommend skipping a spray tan altogether, even if it’s a few days out from your session. Spray tans tend to photograph more orange than they appear and will make you appear more orange than tan! Please trust me with this!