5 tips for a gorgeous engagement photoshoot
Updated: Dec 27, 2020
When you think of your engagement photoshoot, what is your vision? The countryside? city streets? A place special to you both? What is it that you feel suits the two of you as a couple and maybe even your hobbies? Do you have any special locations that might be ideal for your engagement shoot? If not, don’t worry, It’s not about where you are but who you are with and I always have lots of ideas. A lot of my couples leave the location up to me or we find somewhere together before your photoshoot - which means I can scope it out ahead of time!
Don’t feel like you need to go on a shopping trip for your session (but if its an excuse to buy that outfit your want, go for it, its exactly what I do when I have a photoshoot booked!) I want you to be comfortable, I want you to connect with your images so if you are a jeans and tee wearer, then team it with a color that suites your style, neutrals, something bold? I recommend to couples to bring an outfit change to their session so most choose for a dressier option (flowy dress) and a casual option (jeans and a t-shirt.), I am always open to talk wardrobe, I love fashion, colour, textures and style - I promise you if you feel good, your photos will reflect that.
I LOVED Nate & Safrina's outfits they put together for our photoshoot - they even match Bramble their dog to. It really does make a HUGE different when outfits connect and don't clash, as you can see these two / three look AWESOME!
HAIR & MAKE-UP
I cannot stress enough, professional hair and make up makes a world of a difference (or a pro youtube tutorial can really help to). Please consider using this time as a test run for hair and make up, use your photoshoot as a time to work-out your wedding day look and how it photographs. If you can, please consider getting your hair and make up done for your session! I promise you it will make a world of a difference and you will look and feel absolutely amazing.
TIME OF DAY
As a natural light photographer, I plan my engagement photoshoots around the lighting of the day. If your booked in for an all day session your with me all day so we will get the morning, lunchtime and glowy evening light If you’ve booked a shorter photoshoot I you usually begin them an hour and a half prior to sunset which will allow for an outfit change and a location change while shooting during the golden hour. Once the sun goes down, there isn’t much we can do, so staying on track with timing and lighting is the best way to ensure gorgeous images. This also means that at times we may have to reschedule due to weather. At the end of the day I always like to have a drink and talk about how you find the session and its another opportunity for us to get to know each other before your wedding day.
Literally, Nicolas Sparks eat your heart out! When I took this photo I literally saw flash before my eyes romantic book covers. I'm a light chaser and I can honestly tell you that waiting for those golden moments when the sun is just about to disappear simply produce magical photos just like this one of Dan and Sarah at Chesterton Windmill in the Cotswolds.
WE WILL HAVE FUN - I PROMISE
This is such an exciting time in your lives. I know that photoshoots can seem nerve racking and a bit of the unknown, especially if you’ve never been in front of the camera. It’s really important to come with an open mind and the ability to laugh - I have a lot of fun at this sessions and I know you will to. I want you two feel free to flirt, love one another, and just have fun. We will laugh a lot, I will help pose you, it will be fun, I promise you that. Engagement photoshoots are the perfect time to get to know me to, get comfortable in front of my camera and photograph some memories which you will look at and the memories will all come flooding back.
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