Now that the wedding planning is well under way, it’s time for one of the more fun chapters of your wedding day story… your engagement session, and we have 10 TIPS for a Fabbo Engagement Session!
Engagement sessions are a fabbo way for you and your photographer to get to know the each other better in a relaxed non-rushed wedding day environment as well as get you a bit more at ease in front of their camera. The session can also be a chance to have photos taken at locations that are special to the two of you and different from those that you will go to on your wedding day.
Here are a few tips to help you choose locations for your engagement photos, regardless if you are having them taken in your hometown or have decided you want to have some taken at your wedding destination! No matter where you choose for photos, the location should be about the two of you (and your dog or if wanting to include kids) and reflect you as a couple. –Not a location your photographer thinks is an epic chance to be a Rockstar and build their portfolio. If you are not familiar with an area, your photographer can guide you to a few locations that will best fit and add to your story. Work together to find the balance for locations and during your engagement photos and take advantage of getting to know each other better, talk about wedding planning and the day of, but also talk about life in general so that on your wedding day, you are so comfortable with your photographer it’s like they are a friend you invited with a really nice camera!
1. Choose a Place That you spend time as a couple or that you met at.
Do you have a favorite coffee shop or wine bar?. A place hang out some evenings listening to music or playing scrabble? Is there a park where you go to for a run or bike ride or bring your dog to for frisbee? This could also be the place you met, or had your first date or even popped the question. These extra special locations for your engagement photos add so much to your story.
Maybe you are homebodies and love to cook, or have a place in the garage you refinish furniture from your flea market finds! Set up a session at home. The location of your engagement shoot should be one you two are comfortable in.
2. You do not have follow Pinterest trends and go running in a big open field of sun flowers! Maybe you want to do more urban photos and find a graffiti wall or street mural.
You don’t have to get all dressed up in suit and tie or formal dress if you both are more laid back and casual. (While I do advise avoiding baggy cargo shorts and an old Goo Goo Dolls t-shirt, you still need to be true to who you are choose your clothing that represents that!) Many couples opt to do a casual look and a more formal look and then choose locations that are a good match. No matter where, the locations need to be place that let the two of you be authentic and have a story behind it!
3. Consider the Visuals and Background
Whether you are going for a rustic or urban look, chatting with your photographer about locations that have interesting backgrounds as well as meaning to the two of you. Adding in some local interesting architecture,or like here in the south, that infamous Spanish Moss to add that southern charm to your photos that again, you may not be able to take advantage of on your wedding day. Having some of the charm of the destination you are having your photos take in helps family and friends not only see your beautiful faces but some of the scenery that is unique to where you are saying I DO.
4. Take the Sun & Tide Into Consideration.
Choosing a beach or water location you will need to work closely with your photographer and plan around sunrise and sunset times and to take advantage of that golden hour light!! Certain times of the day simply do not work because of harsh lighting, crowds, and often heat!! While a sunset session walking on the edge of the ocean sounds fabbo, it does not always line up with the tide times! You’ll also want to take into consideration the season as well where the sunset starts later or earlier. Wind is often a factor with beach sessions so maybe plan your beach photos at the end of your session. If you are shooting at multiple locations and out fit changes for your engagement session don’t forget to account for travel time. If you’re going for a sunset or sunrise backdrop you may want to keep your locations closer together to give you more time at each location.
Careful planning and coordination with your photographer will help smooth out any areas that could pose a problem at your session.
5. When should you Schedule your engagement session? Six to eight months from your wedding date is our suggestion. This will often allow for you to have your engagement session during a different season than your wedding, again just adding another backdrop to your wedding story. Here in the coastal south we are considered a destination market so many of our couples are out of state or the country so getting back for an engagement session take a bit more logisitics. Often you’re coming back to the area for catering tastings or other wedding planning. If possible plan your visit to include your engagement session. This may require you to come a day earlier or stay through to Monday depending on the time of year, and if your vendors have weddings if you choose to come over the weekend. This is also a chance for your to schedule your hair and make up trial with your hair and makeup vendor or if you are researching one. While your hair style may not be exactly the same as you choose for your day, it’s still an opportunity to meet and talk through the day’s hair and makeup, and then you can have your hair styled for your session with the bonus of pro make up.
6. Try to choose a time of day or season that your location wont be as crowded or that is extra busy with foot traffic. Keep in mind if you are in a popular destination market the areas that you love are also loved by many tourist and visitors (many engagement and weddings photos and general selfies being taken at the same time) Your photographer will know how to work around much of this, but talking about this ahead of time can set you all up for a successful session.
7. Be YOU! Always be you!
8. COMMUNICATION is key and being open and honest with your photographer from the start will make your engagement and wedding day photos even more fabbo than you thought!
9. Share your ideas! Have an out of the box idea? Share it!! Picnic under the fireworks, horseback riding on the beach, camping in the mountains, if you can think it, then together talk out loud about the logistics and any permits or travel that may be required. Bring props, have a custom hot rod that you both worked on together, hot air ballooning a hobby? Then don’t be afraid to do an activity like ride a bike or motorcycle or fly your plane!!
10. This is your story and as photographers we are so honored to capture it so we want your photos (engagement and wedding) to reflect who the two of you are now during this chapter of your love story………… Have fun!!!
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