Feb 23, 2018
Engagement Season is fast approaching in the northeast (woohoo!) and with that comes… a plethora of engagement sessions. 😀
Engagement sessions are a great way not only to get amazing photos of your pre-wedding coupley selves, but to get a sense of how your photographer shoots so it’s not hella awkward on the day of the wedding (when they’re about five inches from your face with a camera while you’re “ugly crying” at the sweetest card your significant other wrote to you). PLUS it’s a whole lot more fun to take photos without the time constraints of a wedding day schedule.
The thing is, most people feel shy and awkward in front of the camera (even me, I promise) and can be worried about how they’re coming out in photos. SOOOOO here are 5 tips for your upcoming engagement session to make sure you not only ROCK it, but have a blast along the way!
This doesn’t mean pick a general place like a huge city (*coughnewyorkcitycough*) and then spend hours traveling to all sorts of places trying to get different backdrops, but more like ONE location that could accomplish the same in a span of one to two hours which is usually how long most engagement sessions last. (Sidenote: if you want more time for your engagement session to do something crazy adventurous, like a hike up to a waterfall in the Catskills, may I suggest upgrading to the LUXE engagement session). Examples of great spots with lots of variety in the tri-state area are: NJ Botanical Gardens, Round Valley Reservoir, Deep Cut Gardens, or Terrain At Styers. Just be sure to call in advance to double check if a permit is required for shooting.
If you’re opting for an in-home lifestyle sesh, weeeeell- we can make variety work in different rooms! 😉
I would’ve lumped this in with the first one if I could’ve, but here it is! This one seems like a no-brainer, but it means a lot more to shoot at a location that is special to you two. I have an engagement session coming up with a couple who works in construction and therefore wants to shoot in a construction zone (#howawesomeisthat). Other ideas would be: where you had your first date, where you got engaged, etc…. (at a museum, on a boat, at the beach?)
If you really can’t think of a location that means something to you that works for an engagement session, fret not! Once the photos are taken, the place will hold meaning in your heart. 🙂
No other bit of advice I’ve given my current and past couples has rang more true than this one. I experienced this firsthand when my hubby and I had a couples session two years ago. I had two outfits selected for the session, one of which was a dress that I thought would look cute even though I don’t typically wear dresses. What happened? I felt slightly uncomfortable in the dress and it showed. My photographer commented how different and more relaxed I was after I put on my second outfit (jeans and a t-shirt). SO: wear what resonates with you and it’ll definitely come across in the photos.
One thing to keep in mind: you might not want to wear a suit-and-tie if you’re planning to climb to a mountain top. Choosing an outfit that “works” with the location is also a major tip! You’ll also want to make sure your outfit “style” matches whatever outfit your boo is wearing- if you’re going the elegant heels-and-dress route, then I’d advise against your partner wearing jeans and sneakers.
This’ll ease the tension you might be feeling, get those initial jitters out of the way and make for a much more comfortable session. 🙂
The only time I’ll reschedule is if it’s going to be a torrential downpour, 100 degree heat or a hurricane is coming our way. Otherwise, cloudy and a bit misty can be quite wonderful! If the weather is great, the best time to start is 2 hours before sunset. If the weather is overcast, midday works just fine! Be ready to have a rain date just in case though.
The most important tip above all, so important it doesn’t even get a number is to