Monday, October 20, 2014

Preparing For Engagement Photos

Some photographers will give you helpful hints when preparing for your engagement photos but if you're having a friend take them or an inexperienced photographer they may not give you any advice and you'll be left unprepared once your arrive on the shoot location.  \

Here's what you need to know about an engagement photo shoot and how to prepare for it. 

What you wear matters. 
Some photographers will tell you that you should wear whatever you want, and you should.  But here's some tips on how to coordinate (not match) outfits that will look great in photos. 
  •  Wear light colors, at least on the top half of your body.  Dark colors absorb sun light and flash, but light or bright colors will reflect it.  This is especially important if you are shooting outside. 
  • Have at least 2 outfits.  One should be formal and one more casual. In at least one of your outfit pairings you and your fiance should both wear long sleeves, this will look really clean in photos.
  • Ladies, bring a pair of flats or comfortable shoes for walking from one location to the next if your wearing heels with an outfit.
 Bring your own engagement photo props.
Your photographer should have some props you can use but it's a good idea to bring some of your own too! You know what you're wearing ahead of time so it will be easier to coordinate props with outfits and you can incorporate sentimental items into your photo shoot.  Here's some engagement photo prop ideas. 
  • Blanket and pillows.  Go for a light color or a plaid/flannel that will compliment your outfits.
  • You can add to the above with a picnic basket or a bottle of champage and champagne flutes
  • An "I said yes" or "Future Mr. & Mrs." banner or other cute saying
  • Chalkboard (the photographer can add all kinds of sayings to this in the edit)
  •  Vintage chairs and furniture, you can rent them and have them delivered to most locations
Be Prepared
Bring a small emergency kit for makeup, hair and wardrobe problems that might arise.  And ladies, if you don't typically wear makeup it's a good idea to still wear at least face powder, blush and mascara so you don't get washed out in the photos.  If you're having your makeup professionally done this is a perfect opportunity for your stylist to do your trial run so you can see how it photographs. 
  • Makeup to Bring; Face powder, blush, lip products, eyelash glue
  • Hair Necessities; Hair spray, comb or brush, grooms hair produc, bobby pins
  • Wardrobe Items; safety pins, wrinkle release spray, stain remover pen
 Have Fun
Most importantly have fun during your engagement photo shoot.  This is a chance to document your love for each other and a huge milestone in the wedding planning process.  These are my final tips to make your day go as smoothly as possible. 
  • Be on time.  If your photo shoot is outside, and your late, you loose shooting time since your photographer can't continue to shoot once the sun goes down. 
  •  Don't stress over minor things.  If you forget a prop or your favorite lipstick don't let it bring you down or ruin the experience. 
  • Research your location and events during your photo shoot day.  Your photographer may not do this and you don't want to show up to your perfect downtown location to find that there is street fair blocking every area you wanted to shoot in or the park that was ideal is overrun with an event. 

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