Engagement Photos 101

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Photo Credit: Thinkstock

Photo Credit: Thinkstock

You and your honey have just gotten engaged, and so begins the roller coaster of wedding planning! One of the first things on your agenda is probably an engagement photo session. This long-standing tradition is a great way to get to know your wedding photographer before the big day and alleviate any camera shyness (PLUS you get to snuggle with your fiancé all day!). So what can you do to make sure you make the most of your photo session?

1. Pick a meaningful location.
Your engagement photo session should be a reflection of you as a couple, so pick a spot that is important to you. Take your photos where he proposed or where you shared your first kiss. Are you both big Atlanta Braves fans? Take your photos at Turner Field! Be sure to dress for your location (a.k.a. don’t try to wear those killer Manolos in the woods – you won’t go far)!

2. Allow enough time.
This means two things. First, be sure to give yourself a few hours for the engagement shoot so that you and your photographer have time to walk, talk and get the perfect shots. (This can be particularly beneficial if he/she is also shooting your wedding.) Second, plan on taking your engagement photos six to seven months before the wedding, ESPECIALLY if you want to use the photos in your save the dates or holiday cards!

3. Dress to compliment, not match.
Think of your outfits as one big ensemble! Try working with a particular color palette and be sure it flatters both of your skin tones. Avoid loud designs (leave the animal prints at home ladies!), writing, logos and clothes that are either too tight or too baggy. Our suggestion is to lay both of your outfits out on a bed to see whether they go together, or they clash. Also, keep your looks somewhat classic so that your photos aren’t dated!

4. Be mushy
Don’t be afraid to get up close and personal – your photographer will never tell you to “get a room!” Hold hands, give hugs and kisses and make each other laugh. Letting your photographer capture those intimate moments is the best way to get amazing photos. Feeling camera shy? Have a glass of wine before your session to loosen up!

5. Schedule a wedding hair and makeup trial run.
Your engagement shoot is the perfect opportunity to make sure you are really happy with the hair and makeup artists you hired for the big day. You’ll look like a rock star in your pictures and that extra confidence will shine through. Don’t forget to carry oil blotting tissues (makeup safe of course!) to keep the extra shine off your face.

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