It’s fall! And besides pumpkin spice lattes, sweaters, and weekend walks through the leaves— fall is an extremely popular time to take engagement photos.
Since Dillon and I aren’t getting married until spring 2017, we won’t be getting ours done this fall, however I know many couples that are getting married in 2016 who have opted to take their engagement photos during this amazing time of year.
Image from: Adam Franc Photography
I have heard MANY brides and grooms alike groan at the thought of even doing an engagement photo session; “They are just so ridiculous—we’ll look so awkward gazing into each others eyes” or “Honestly, what is the point, who needs these pictures of us?” or “This is a huge waste of money, we have plenty of photos together”. Well, listen, I get it, but let me give you a few reasons why engagement photos are actually a pretty important part of the wedding planning process:
- You’re right… it will probably be awkward and feel a little strange. But would you prefer to work the kinks out now or on your wedding day? An engagement session with your chosen wedding photographer is probably one of the greatest services you can take advantage of before the big day. Both you and your photographer will get the feel for how each other operates, you’ll learn to feel comfortable in front of a professional camera, and you’ll get the opportunity to fix any weird smiles or creepy poses you come up with—and your wedding photos won’t suffer.
- Engagement photos can be used for save-the-dates, wedding invitations, nice photos to display at your wedding/shower/rehearsal dinner, to put in your cubicle to make your work friends jealous of how amazing you and your fiancé look, or to bedazzle your Facebook photos with high class images of you as a couple (because it’s likely the rest of the photos of the two of you include alcohol or couples Halloween costumes)—why not step it up a little?
- Worrying about the cost? Most wedding photographers see the value in having an engagement session (see point #1) so they include it in their wedding photo packages. If it’s included why not take advantage of it? I bet you’ll be surprised at how good they turn out and you’ll feel a lot less anxious about wedding day paparazzi.
Image from: Paul Sanderson Photography
Okay—so now that we’ve agreed there is value in doing engagement photos and you have booked your session with an amazing photographer… what now?
- Choose a location that means something to you as a couple. Maybe the spot where you got engaged, the first place you met, or doing something you both enjoy doing together. If all else fails and you have no clue where to go, your photographer should be able to suggest some awesome and unique locations that you can check out as the backdrop for your photoshoot.
- What to wear. I recommend that whatever you choose, you should feel comfortable in it. Whether its Loubs and a tutu or jeans and an oversized sweater, be yourselves. Obviously there is pressure to look good and show off the best sides of yourselves, but the best photos are the ones where you look most like you—you’ll feel more confident and your happiness will radiate if you are comfy in your selection.
- If you want to wear heels, do it. But unless you walk in them everyday, bring some flats to travel around in on the day of the shoot. Its pretty common that you will walk between a few different locations for your photos and you don’t want to have the heels digging into the dirt or grass or being uber uncomfortable to walk in.
- Be open to ideas. The photographer is the professional, so if they suggest you should stand a certain way or gaze in a particular direction, they are probably right! That being said sending your photographer some images you love from Pinterest to give him/her an idea of what you’re looking for will definitely be helpful before the shoot!
- Last, but not least, have fun! This is just one of the wedding planning experiences you likely won’t get to do again in your life. So don’t stress too much about every detail and instead just enjoy the process. Flirt, laugh, and kiss when you want to—a good photographer will capture these little moments and those will probably be some of your favourite shots.
Image from: Adam Franc Photography
Anyways, I can’t wait to see all of the recent engagement sessions pop up on my Instagram or Facebook feeds in the next few weeks! So enjoy your photo sessions and take it all in—you’ll be sure to gain at least a few tips and tricks to bring to your wedding day photography when you decide to embark on the engagement photo journey!
Until next time…