I know that for most people the thought of having their photo taken is absolutely terrifying... and I get it but here's the thing... after you have your engagement session you are so much better prepared for your wedding day. Your engagement session is your chance to get to know me, get comfortable with the camera and have some fun.
Here are some tips to help you prepare for your engagement session!
I have a great Pinterest board that will give you an idea of what colours photograph well together. The BEST advice I can give about outfit selection would be to try to coordinate but that doesn’t mean “matching”. Wearing the same colour in a different shade is actually more ideal than trying to find the exact colour! If one of you is wearing something with a lot of colour and pattern, sometimes it’s best to have the other person wear a neutral! Make sure you are equal when it comes to how formal your attire is.
Lastly, this is a tip that I highly recommend paying attention to:
Wear attire that is flattering to your figure and your skin tone. If you don’t like the way you look in stripes on a normal day, you’re not going to love the way you look in your images.
Wear something that you’re comfortable and confident in.
We highly recommend sitting down together and going through a couple of your favourite RLP engagement sessions prior to your own session. It may have been a while since you have looked through the blog and having a refresher is always a good idea.
What you see on the blog will give you a strong indication of what you are to expect during your session and the type of images we are aiming to capture.
Hair, Makeup & Ring
It is nice to have your makeup done for your engagement session! I highly recommend paying a little bit of attention to your hair and makeup, it always helps to make your images look flawless. If you want to do your own makeup that is fine too. I will be taking a ring shot! So if your diamond could use a little cleaning, that would make it really SHINE!
Relax & Trust Your Photographer
I know this probably seems obvious, but just be yourself! I want to capture you as you are together. We always suggest having a 'loved up' day together, grab some lunch, get a drink, relax, do something you really enjoy. By the time we meet, you are both filled with love and excitement for each other and the session. I want to capture you on your best day! As you’re preparing for your engagement session, remember that we don’t expect you to know what to do. Relax, you’re going to be great at this!
We ask that you are on time for your session. What most couples don’t realise is that natural light photographers are 100% dependent on the sun and if their couples show up late, they will lose that amount of time during their session due to the lack of light. Now we realize that things happen beyond our control like massive amounts of traffic and accidents. If at all possible, try to be on time so that you don’t lose any of your shooting time and pretty sunlight!
The best time to shoot any portraits is normally 2 hours before sunset. This rule of thumb can be applied to any time of the year. When it comes to picking the location for your portraits, I love shooting engagements in locations that mean something to my clients! I understand that this isn’t always possible but I like to throw it out there just in case!