Right now my fiance and I are about one month away from taking our engagement photos. I’m super excited because this photo shoot will seem to be the start of it all. While we’ve been doing a lot of planning, after this we’ll get our wedding website up and fully running, start making save the dates, finish any wedding registries, and start to mentally prepare ourselves for the big day.
Like anything to do with weddings, there’s a lot that goes into this one small event. To help make sure your shoot runs smoothly, I’ve come up with five handy tips that you can do in preparation.
- Communication is key. I know this might seem obvious, but you want to make sure you’re communicating with your photographer every step of the way. Beyond the obvious things like time, date, and place, you want to make sure you’re letting them know exactly what you have in mind. What you will, and what you will not do. Beyond your photographer, you also want to make sure you’re communicating with your partner. There shouldn’t be any surprises! Unless they’re like some sort of super cute romantic surprise. Those are always allowed.
- Plan your outfits in advance. The last thing you want is it to be the day of the shoot and that super cute dress you were going to wear has gotten too big, too small, has a hole in it, doesn’t look good with what your partner is wearing, etc. Often you’ll do one or two outfit changes, so the day before take 10 minutes to go through the clothes you both have and plan them out. For example – a more formal look, a slightly formal look, and a casual look.
- Do some research. Honestly, this could cover anything from what time of day you want your photos taken and where you want them taken, to what poses you want to do. I know my SO would hate this, but it probably wouldn’t hurt to do some practice posing in the mirror together. I’ve never really done a photo shoot before, let alone with another person. So figuring out how you two work together is always a good thing.
- Make a checklist of everything you need to bring. I am definitely one of those people that would rather be way over prepared and not have to use anything I bring, than be underprepared and totally missing something. A small list: clothes, props, makeup, hairspray, a brush, change of shoes, and (most importantly) snacks.
- Do any major primping in advance. Just like your wedding, if you want to get your hair cut or colored before your photos, make sure you leave enough time for it to potentially grow out a bit. I think we all can remember times in the past where we’ve left the hairdresser feeling a bit lackluster about the current state of our hair. And don’t even get me started about spray tans. Make sure you have your bases covered by leaving enough time to get any grooming disaster fixed.
The goal with these tips isn’t to make you overanalyze and stress yourself out. You still want to have fun! The goal here is to just make sure you’re as comfortable as possible. Maybe all of these tips can help. Maybe none of them can. And that’s okay. The important thing is that you enjoy your engagement photo session as much as possible. That joy will radiate through any photos and everyone will be able to see the love you and your significant other have together.