Booking your engagement photos are one of the first tasks on your wedding “to do” list that you and your S.O. will be faced with. Selecting a photographer to take the photos as well as picking out outfits, and your location are just a few of the things that you will have to consider when getting them done. Here’s some advice from a few of our favorite photographers:
Q. How do you select a photographer for your engagement photos?
Mike Peyzner – Choco Studio: “When you're looking to book a photographer for your engagement photos, you want to find one whose style resonates with your personal taste. There are many approaches to portrait photography including traditional, modern, lifestyle, natural, etc. It's important to choose a photographer with whom you can connect easily and comfortably because your chemistry will determine the quality of the photos.”
Photo by: Krista Marie Photography
Cara Davis – Cara Davis Creative: “Find a photographer with wedding packages that include a complimentary engagement photo shoot. This will save you a lot of money and ensure both your engagement and wedding photos share the same style. Professional Photographers of America (PPA) and Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA) are also two great places to start when looking for professionals nationwide.”
Q. Should you use the same photographer for both your wedding photos and engagement photos?
Alexander Rubin – Alexander Rubin Photography: “Engagement photos are both about capturing great images and getting to know your photographer better, so you are much more relaxed on your wedding day.”
Photo by: Alexander Rubin Photography
Q. How do you pick the location for your engagement photos?
Alexander: “Talk to your photographer about their favorite locations. Often times your photographers have a spot they have been desperately wanting to shoot at”
Sara Wolfram – One Love Photography: “The location of your shoot should set the stage for your look. You can create one cohesive story by tying together the background with your outfit selections and props…Keep in mind that some locations require permits to photograph at…Be prepared for changing weather and be clear with your photographer on how you feel about shooting in the rain.”
Keith Phillips – Classic Photographers: “consider what places hold meaning for you as a couple. Maybe it’s the restaurant you had your first date or the botanical gardens where he proposed. Either way choosing somewhere that has meaning to both of you will make the portraits even more special. Couples are even selecting have their photos captured in the place that they call home.”
Katelyn Wollet – Katelyn Wollet Photography: “I remember some of the best sessions were ones that we waded in rivers, found a field to sit in, and watched a sunset. Share the most important locations with your photographer and make sure to give yourself enough time to really enjoy the moment there.
Krista Lynch – Krista Marie Photography: “Pick a location that is important to you – even if you’ve never been there! Maybe it’s somewhere you’ve been meaning to go – or maybe it’s where you had your first date – whatever it may be, when the location feels special, it shows!”
Q. How do you pick out the outfit to wear for your engagement photos, and how many outfits do you bring to your engagement photo shoot?
Alexander: “Don’t be afraid to dress up for one outfit and bring another more casual option”
Sara: “It’s generally recommended to bring several different outfits so that you can change for a different location. Most couples typically bring 2-3 outfits depending on the locations and how much time we have. We almost always end up doing at least one outfit change. Guys don’t always change their whole outfit, instead they might change only their shirt.”
Krista: “Wear something nice, but make sure you feel comfortable. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely LOVE when my couples show up for their engagement sessions in flowy dresses, jackets and ties -- but it's usually best if it's something you've worn before and already feel comfortable in -- even if it means wearing it around the house a few days before ;)”
Mike: “Wear comfortable clothing without any distracting patterns. Casual clothing will allow you to relax and feel like yourself. If you usually don’t wear skirts and high heels, your portrait session is probably not the time to experiment. Be yourself! If your session is in a nature setting, heels are not a good idea because you'll be walking on the grass.”
Keith: “Do not fall into the trap of everything having to match perfectly, it is best to complement each other. Select a specific color palette and work within those hues as you select clothing. Also, stay away from patterns like small stripes they can look blurred and do not photograph well. And always, always wear what you are comfortable in. If as a couple jeans are more comfortable for you, go for it.”
Krista: “This is a time to document your relationship, exactly where you are in this moment -- but it doesn't have to be your only session! Remember that this will (likely) be the first moment that you two are professionally captured as a couple -- but there are many milestones ahead for you to look forward to.”
Mike: “It's also a good idea not to bring along a purse or anything to carry unless it’s something that you’d like to have with you in all the photos. You'll move around A LOT and you'll be more comfortable if you don’t have anything in your hands.”
Alexander: “Most importantly have fun with your fiancé. I tell my clients as long as you are having an amazing time, I will be sure to capture gorgeous images.”
Sara: “Have fun! Being engaged is an incredibly fun and short period of the entirety of your (future married) lives together. Focus on being yourself. Don’t try and be someone else’s Pinterest board. Dress up, but not so much that you feel uncomfortable. Hang out and interact with each other the way you normally do. Actually, we want you to focus on each other SO MUCH MORE than you may normally do! Fix your eyes on your love, and focus on all the reasons why you adore them, and try to forget the camera. Goof around, make silly faces, play and laugh! Be you!
Keith: “If you are looking to do any dips or lifts in your photos be sure to practice those at home ahead of time. That way you have it down once you are with your photographer.”