How to Prepare for your Engagement Session

May 22, 2019

Congratulations! You’re engaged! The feeling that fills your chest when he gets down on one knee and takes out that ring box is amazing isn’t it?! If I’m being honest, I can’t even tell you what Donnie said when he popped the question I was so overwhelmed! It’s such a blur!

So now the fun begins! You’re in planning mode! It’s time to pick your photographer, venue, caterer, dress, florist, the list goes on! It can be super overwhelming! That’s why it’s super important to work with vendors who are there to help you every step of the way!

One piece of advice as a wedding photographer that I can offer is the importance of doing an engagement session! Engagement sessions are usually pretty awkward at first, especially if this is your first real opportunity to be behind the camera. It’s better to learn the ropes and get comfortable during your e-session than to try to do so on your wedding day! Your photos will be much more natural when you’re comfortable with the camera and your photographer! I love engagement sessions for so many reasons. Placing two people in love, in front of my camera really inspires me to create romantic and beautiful photos. Engagement sessions are also fun because you can totally personalize the theme to many the shoot all about you as a couple. We can personalize your shoot in many ways such as: picking a location that suits you, choosing a great outfit, and bringing special props along if you feel they would add to your look. My favourite locations are wooded areas, beaches, parks, and fields. I personally prefer natural looking backgrounds.

What should you wear?

  •  This is the perfect time to get your makeup and hair done (If you are looking for a great makeup artist make sure you contact Lindsey at Onyx Beauty Lounge).  Think about what you might wear to a nice evening out or how you might dress for a special occasion (like as guests to a wedding). Long flowy maxi dresses photograph really well (definitely one of my favourite items of clothing for ladies to wear at sessions) and add a lot of dimension to photos! But dresses in general compliment the female body very well!
  • You want your pictures to represent you and your personal style. Maybe you’ve been waiting for the right time to put on that cute summer dress that’s in your closet? Light colours are always flattering and highly recommended! I recommend sticking to a lighter palette of mauves, blues, greys, beige, white and black. Remember: It’s about creating complimentary outfits rather than matching
  • Keep in mind what season it is and dress accordingly.
  • Bring a change of shoes if you don’t feel like you will be able to wear your “fancy” shoes for the whole shoot (especially if we have to walk through a trail or on the beach).

I always recommend to try your outfit options on at least a week before your photos. Outfits sometimes look amazing in your mind and don’t quite translate the same in real life. You don’t want to be stuck with an outfit you don’t like on the day of.

It’s okay to bring multiple outfits even if you don’t wear them all. Keep in mind I would like to maximize our shooting time together. Even if you don’t wear all the outfits at least you have options.

What not to wear…

As I mentioned you definitely want your photos to represent you, but keep the following tips in mind:

  • It’s best to avoid clothes with large logos or/and words (especially on the guy!)
  • Wearing a clothing with a bit of pattern can be flattering, but don’t go overboard.
  • If you want your photos to look timeless it’s probably good skip the neon colours.
  • Leave the hawaiian shirts for vacation and the cargo pants for hunting (I’m serious about this one).
  • Don’t wear sweatpants, athletic wear and pyjamas. (Running shoes can stay home too).
  • Dress for your body type- don’t wear ill fitting clothes. Clothes that are too baggy or too tight will stand out in photos.
  • Keep the polarized glasses off. If you need them to see wear them in between shots and set up. Not during the actual photos.

One last note: Don’t go crazy with the tanning… A soft sun kissed glow is always nice but don’t overdue it. Burnt red skin and fake orange glows aren’t always flattering. Neither are tanlines!

What to bring/do:

  • Accessories are fun! Feel free to bring necklaces, earrings, bracelets, hair accessories, scarves or bring a hat.
  • Feel free to bring a primp kit just incase you need touchups. Hairspray, a brush/comb, bobby pins, makeup just incase.
  • Props are also a cool idea! They can help set the scene and bring out your personalities as a couple. Maybe you have a favourite book? Maybe you like wine? Maybe your fiancé (e) gave you a special gift you’d like to bring. Have a favourite flower? bring it! Cupcakes? Parasols are always pretty! Balloons? Picnic basket? etc…
  • Something to sit on if you are not comfortable sitting or the ground or worried about your outfit getting dirty.
  • This is your shoot- If you have a photo inspiration board on Pinterest (on your phone) or a favourite spread from a magazine please feel free to bring it so I can see your ideas.
  • I recommend making sure you’ve eaten prior to the shoot. It will keep your tummy happy and you will feel energized for our shoot. Please feel free to bring along drinks/snacks if you feel you might need them.
  • Being on time is important. Being on time is important especially if we are shooting in the evening and we have a limited amount of time before the sun goes down.

Final note: Don’t be afraid to have fun and think outside the box. These photos are going to be around for a long time and it’s important that they represent you. If you have ideas please don’t be shy! I’m always up for trying new things .If you have any questions please feel free to ask.


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