Last month my fiancé and I finally got around to talking our engagement pictures and I’ve been so excited to share them with you all!
The day we took engagement pictures was crazy, I scheduled our pictures in the summer, way before I had finalized my fall semester schedule. A few weeks before our shoot I realized I class right before our pictures, leaving me without much time to get ready. I hate rushing so I decided to skip the class (don’t judge me, we’ve skipped a class or two lol). However, a week before our shoot I found out I had to give a speech in that class, so skipping was no longer an option.
The day of our engagement shoot I speed to my makeup appointment, raced to class, gave my speech, and ran home to change and do my hair. And when I say I raced, I RACED. Your girl was making 25 minute drives in 15 lol. Although my day was way more stressful than it should have been our pictures were perfect! I definitely had a vision while planning my picture and I’m so glad they tuned out exactly how I envisioned.
Below are my tips for taking picture perfect engagement pictures!
5. Location, Location, Location. For my engagement pictures I wanted elegant black tie vibe that would similar to our wedding theme. One of the buildings downtown in my city ended up being the perfect spot. Do your research, on wedding websites, Pinterest, and even Facebook to find the perfect location for your engagement pictures.
4. Your Photographer is Key. Although you and your fiancé are the stars of the shoot the photographer is an necessary third party to the execution of a successful engagement shoot. While I don’t think you should have to break the bank for nice engagement pictures and the old adage, you get what you pay for is true. TheKnot has a great resource for searching for wedding photographers and even allows you to tailor your search to a specific price range.
3. Meet Your Photographer Before the Big Day. After looking for photographers I really recommend meeting with at least 3 before committing. One of the things that really bugged me when I first began looking for a photographer was that all of them wanted to meet with me in person before giving me a quote. With work, school and wedding planning didn’t think I had time for all that. But meeting a photographer in person gives you the opportunity to see if you’ll work well with them. Your photographer is essentially a third party in your engagement pictures and it’s important to pick someone you you feel comfortable with. You’ll want someone who’s professional, understands your vision, and will give you good direction. My photographer was amazing and had just as much fun as we did on our shoot.
2. Be Yourself! My fiancé decided to take pictures in formal wear in a formal setting because that’s us. We’re sophisticated people (at least I like to think so lol) and our personalities called for sophisticated engagement pictures. It really wouldn’t have sense for us to take pictures in jeans in a field, BUT if you’re a jeans in the field type of person go for it! Don’t force a photo theme or look that isn’t reflective of you and your fiancé. You’ll have these pictures forever and you’ll want them to represent your personalities.
1. Have Fun. Taking engagement photos has been the most fun part of my crazy wedding planning journey. I loved planning our outfits, picking a location, getting my hair and makeup done, and seeing my vision come to life. Take a deep breath, loosen up, and trust that your photographer will make you look amazing.
For those of you who have done engagement photos or any other type of styled shoots, what do you think is most important for having great photos? Let me know below!