Post # 1
Our e-pics are coming up in just over two weeks and I’m starting to get a bit nervous. Any important tips from ladies who’ve been there? We are going to do dressy and casual outfits and I have a few idea for each. This weekend, I’m going to pick out the exact outfits. I think we’re going to stay in our neighborhood in New York, I hope that’s not too boring!
Post # 3
FI and I just did ours in Central Park this past Saturday.
We did 2 outfits as well, one jeans and one a little dressier.
It was fun, but it WAS awkward.
FI was able to keep me laughing almost the whole time though, so I hope they will be good.
In the “casual” outfits I wore a orangy/red scarf for a pop of color (the photographer loved it) and for the “dressier” outfit we subtly wore our wedding colors (my dress had a navy pattern and he wore an orange sweater).
It was fun, but tiring.
My advice would be:
1) Have a plan of places you want to get pictures
2) Talk with each other while the photographer is working. Try to be yourselves as much as possible
3) Wear (or at least bring) comfortable shoes, you will be walking FOREVER!
4) Scout out a place ahead of time to change so you don’t have to waste time finding one while shooting.
5) Have a drink before you start to loosen up a bit (if you are shy).
6) Have Fun!
I cannot wait to see my pictures. I’m hoping they will be great.
PS just saw we are “date twins” too!
Post # 4
@KatNYC2011: Those are great tips! Especially #5 🙂 haha
Post # 5
@tntrav44: I wish FI and had done that!
When we got out of the cab to meet with the photographer he said, “I should have had a drink first.”
Post # 6
I was going to say the same thing as Kathy above–grab a quick drink before you do it to loosen up! It is a really good idea to have places scoped out ahead of time, but it’s really nice when your photographer is familiar with the area, too (not necessary, though). To get a genuine smile whisper stupid comments to your FI and have him do the same. We got some of our best and most real looking shots by doing this. Also, make sure your hair is not too much in your face–mine was and it ruined a few pictures.
PPS–I just realized we are all 3 date twins!!!! Well, TRIPLETS!! 🙂
Post # 7
@yellowlace: Yay September 24th!
Yeah, FI kept me laughing by running through his “repertoire” every new place we went.
His repertoire was:
Kiss on the forehead, kiss on the cheek, kiss on the lips, look at me, look at the camera, look at the sky.
He’s recite everything before he did it too. I was cracking up.
Post # 8
those are all good. I agree, try to just be yourselves and laugh about everything. Even the fake laughs come across awesome on film. Seriously! Fake laughs to get you started if your nervous. Don’t be afraid to tell the photographer if your nervous or shy when getting started. Maybe they’ll have you start with easier shots like rings, holding hands, walking from behind etc. They should ease you into being comfortable smiling into the camera. Maybe start in a secluded spot first. Of course tell them your ideas before or when you start so you get what you want. If you want more serious ones tell them – gentle, closed eyes etc vs big jumping photos. Bring examples and let them know you brought your change of clothes. Sometimes props can make it easier to begin to pose – memorable items like STD sign, dog/pets, guitar, bike, car, even like mugs at a coffee shop.
Post # 9
My tip is, just look like you do on a normal day. I’ve never been unhappy with my own hair/makeup but I felt like I should be fancier, so I got my hair/makeup done and I HATED what they did. I had to wash off and redo the makeup, but had no option but to put the hair back. I felt really unconfident before the shoot (so I echo KatNYC’s drinking tip haha), although I have to say they came out well in the end!
Here’s a pic, you can see my sloppy hair:
Actually this is kind of an awkward pose but I am too lazy to upload another picture.
I did like our outfits, I vote you do solid colors but no black, it doesn’t photograph well.
If you feel awkward in the beginning, it will pass!
Post # 10
I scheduled a makeup trial for the day of our e-pics and I was so glad I did. It helped me feel especially glamorous! 🙂
My favorite pictures ended up being the ones that were not especially posed/forced – hence, all the talk about relaxing and just having fun.
The more you can be playful and silly with your FI, the more relaxed and natural the pictures will be.
Ask your photog questions if you have them (during the shoot) and don’t be afraid to be spontaneous!
Post # 11
@KatNYC2011: LOVE tip 5! That’s what I did too! Drank a glass of white wine, not red as to not stain teeth before photoshot. 😀
Post # 12
The most important thing I can think of is to just have FUN with them! Be into each other and not worried about what the photographer is doing or not doing. Some of my fav e-pics are one where we are joking around and making funny faces at each other. 🙂
Post # 13
Thank you for all of the helpful comments, I’m getting really excited! We’re going to plan out the details this weekend. I’m still debating whether I should get my make-up done or not. Has anyone had good (or bad) experiences getting their make-up done at Sephora?
And yeah for September 24th Date TRIPLETS! I can’t wait already.
Post # 14
Okay, so I just got back my e-pics back and have major advice for you.
–If you are uncomfortable with a pose, SAY SO! Because if you don’t and lots of pictures are taken of that pose, then you will have lots of awkward photos.
–If you don’t want to do something (jumping picture, crazy pose, funny face) then say so. My photographer was really trying to get us to do these things, and we only did a crazy pose and we hated it.
–Tell the photographer to say when he sees something that doesn’t look good (wardrobe adjustments, double chin, dumb serious face).
–Have fun, and forget about the people that might be walking by, or staring. You’re in love, let it show on the camera.
Here are some examples of embarassing epics from our shoot:
Post # 15
Wow, they cut off ALOT. Anyway, I wrote that both my FI and I had wardrobe malfunctions (FI with his embarassing crotch being displayed, and me with my shorts under my see throughdress that we were both unaware of lol).
Post # 16
I wish our photographer had not done as many posed pictures – we prefer the ones where we look more natural – also it seemed rushed to me so no time to relax – you may want to have a glass of wine or something to make it easier – wish I had.
Here are some of mine that I like – but out of the 86 we had taken only love less than 10 and like/love less than 20