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Blog: 5 Tips to Rock your Engagement Photos

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You’ve met the man of your dreams, and your wedding day is going to be here soon! It is time to announce your big day and invite all of your favorite people to come celebrate with you! You want these engagement pictures to look amazing, so here’s a few things that can help your photos look fantastic.

1. Find a Photographer that You Love

Be sure to do your research and look for someone who has a great portfolio, and a style that you love. These are pictures that you will treasure for the rest of your life. Use that same photographer for your engagements, bridal/first look, and wedding. You will be able to get to know each other, and it will help everything go extra smoothly on the wedding day, which is a huge stress reliever. These images will hang on your walls for years to come, and you can show them to your children and grandchildren. I remember my sister and I looking at a photo of my mother in her wedding dress and dreaming about what we will look like on our wedding day. Even now my daughter sees pictures of me in my wedding dress and says I look like a princess.

Be diligent in finding the best photographer for you. You’ll be glad you did.

2. Plan the Location

Do you have special connections for a location to snap your photos? It is great to discuss possible locations with your photographer, but think about places you also love to go. Perhaps you will have somewhere the photographer hasn’t heard of, or special connections through family or friends to a location that will make your images unique. Maybe there is a park where you and your sweetheart always ate ice cream together, or that special beach where he proposed. These images are a representation of you two together and can be made extra special when you use a location that is important to you.

3. Plan your Outfits

Now that you know the location, be sure you don’t pick outfits with colors that will blend in with your background. Is it a lush green field surrounded by trees? Wear pastel or neutral colors that will stand out from the green and make you the center of attention. Grey airplane hangar? Wear colors that will pop out from the neutrals.

Also, be aware of the areas of your body that make you self conscious. I personally don’t like my upper arms. To hide this, it is best to wear 3/4 sleeves or long sleeves, though 3/4 tend to be more flattering to the female figure. Heels are also a great option and make you look taller and more slim.

Men, you also have some great things you can wear. Layering is a fantastic idea. A nice sport coat looks great over almost any shirt from dressing up a t-shirt to a nice button up. Don’t forget about your shoes and socks. Wear your dress shoes and make sure you have matching tall socks in case you sit on the ground or move around. It is rough to show up to a location with your beautiful fiancé dressed to a T, and you have your handsome outfit on only to be ruined by worn tennis shoes.

4. What are your Images Going to be Used for?

Many of these images are printed to decorate for the reception, or used for announcements. However, if you want to be sure to have a lot of empty space for text, be sure to tell your photographer. Are your invitations going to be horizontal or vertical? Are you going to print all of the text on a separate card and include a printed image? These are very important details. While your photographer will be taking a variety of shots, knowing you want a vertical image with a lot of empty space at the top will help them get that WOW image for your invitations.

5. Forget About the Photographer

I don’t mean leave the photographer at home. I want you to focus on your adorable partner as you have your pictures taken. Forget the photographer is there, tell jokes to one another, kiss, stare deeply into one another’s eyes. This will bring out your love and emotion, and help tell the story of your love through your images.

I hope these tips will help you to get some great engagement shots. Book one of our Wedding Packages to receive our full Engagement Session Guide.