(Closed) Engagement Shoot Tips! Please!!

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
1559 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Are all of your pictures in a studio? Or are you doing some outdoor pictures? 

Our photographer didn’t have her studio set up when we got ours done (she was pregnant and had just moved back to Indiana from Boston a few months prior) so we did all of ours outside. This is what I wanted anyway, so it didn’t bother me. 

I can’t suggest much for studio pictures, but what we did was just tried to be comfortable and be ourselves. Don’t be afraid to be a little silly, to talk to each other, and in general have fun. Some of our best pictures came from our photographer snapping a picture of us doing something real. 

Post # 5
1405 posts
Bumble bee

Here are some tidbits from what I typically tell people before portrait shoots:


Don’t try a new hairstyle the day before your session! Make sure that if you color or highlight your hair that you’ve done so recently and you don’t have a visible outgrowth.

Solid colors work best, try avoiding white and lots of busy prints or graphics. Horizontal stripes will add weight so be sure to avoid them. Skinny spaghetti straps can make your arms look heavier. If you have heavier arms, please avoid tank tops in general. You will want to pick colors that will stand out from our backgrounds and not blend in.

Accessories such as jewelry, scarves, hats, heels, and belts are wonderful compliments to outfits.

Facial Hair: Please make sure your eyebrows are plucked if you normally do so. Do NOT have them waxed less than a week before your session as waxing can cause redness and breakouts. Also, make sure and remove any stray facial hairs including nose hairs, upper lip hair and/or chin hair.

Manicure/Pedicure: Your hands WILL show. Please make sure your nails are neatly trimmed. You do not need to have fake nails but neatly manicured nails will make your portraits lovelier. If you will be showing your toes, please don’t neglect to give them a little attention. It’s a perfect opportunity to spoil yourself with a pedicure. Please make sure that your toenails are either neatly painted or bare.

Make-up: When applying your make up make sure to use a little more foundation then you would normally use. Make sure that this is a fresh application before your session. Bring your make up case with powder and lip-gloss for touch ups. Please be certain to apply some lip color as your lips can tend to get washed out when photographed.

If you do not normally wear make up, please apply foundation, mascara and lip-gloss.


Layered looks work well for guys, coordinate a t-shirt with a long sleeve button up shirt or jacket.

Solid colors work best, try avoiding white and lots of busy prints or graphics.

Shoes: bring styles that you are comfortable in. Brand new white athletic shoes will stand out in your photographs so choose shoes that will compliment your outfits.

If you are going to get your hair trimmed have it done about a week before your session. If you color or highlight your hair, please have it done at that time so there is no visible outgrowth. Also, a fresh shave before your session will make you look great!!

Your photographer should be able to help with the posing, so don’t worry about that.  More importantly, practice your facial expressions in the mirror.  I have had entire shoots ruined because the person didn’t like the facial expressions in their photos.  Practice in front of the mirror, smiling and nonsmiling.  Also, ask to see the first few images before continuing on with the rest of the shoot so you can make adjustments if you see something you are doing that you don’t like.

If your pictures are not in the studio, what do you mean by a great backdrop?

Post # 8
6998 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

i did mine on saturday! just relax and have fun! if your photog is good he/she will give you pointers. my photog is a friend of mine so i felt very comfortable..plus Fiance and I just had fun with it, alot of laughing and playing around.

i posted them yesterday

we finally did our engagement pics!

here are a few:


Post # 9
544 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I suggest practicing your smiles/facial expressions in the mirror. I know it sounds kooky, but my Fiance has a really hard time smiling naturally for cameras and a little knowledge of how you like your face to look can be a big help. Some people can be a bit doe-eyed with a camera, or get nervous so they don’t smile well. Practice makes perfect!

Post # 10
66 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Have a glass of wine before hand ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Post # 13
3167 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Topolino: good luck! good luck! we’re taking ours in San Francisco so we’re just assuming things will be inclimate! If you get rain, embrace it and work with it as best as you can (and start thinking of indoor backups!)

Post # 14
1872 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I love rain e-shoots! So romantic and pretty! Good luck!

Post # 15
1405 posts
Bumble bee

One last bit of advice.  Remind your photogapher not to cut off hands feet and fingers in the images.  I’m sorry, but this is a HUGE pet peave of mine with newbie photographers.

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