Post # 1
Hiya, hive! Even though I haven’t yet figured out what to wear for our engagement photo session this Sunday, that’s not what this post is about.
My question is…what advice do you have for getting stellar engagement pics?
I know I’m going to be nervous. And our photographer doesn’t do a super-long session, so unfortunately I don’t think we’ll have a TON of time to relax. Plus. FI and I aren’t really into PDA, and I know it’s going to be weird to be kissy in public, and extra weird to be kissy in front of the camera.
Any tips? You all post so many beautiful e-pics, I figured you could help me out. 🙂
Post # 3
I want to achieve this level of beauty:
Post # 4
Hmm, most of that beauty in the picture is the photographer’s work and not the actual people in it! That being said, we tried not to think about being photographed and tried to relax. How long is your session? Ours was only about an hour and a half or so and we were able to relax. The best pictures we got were when things happen unexpectedly, like when my husband tickled me in the middle of the pictures.
Post # 5
@MrsSaltWaterTaffy: Haha you’re totally right. I’m just a sucker for pretty pictures.
Our session will probably be about 30 minutes, though I’m pushing to increase the time a bit.
Thanks for the insight. 🙂
Post # 6
Oh and looking dreamily into the distance. Always looks good in pics lol!
Post # 7
– You don’t have to be all kissy for engagement photos. Hugs and holding hands is totally appropriate for engagement photos in my opinion, in fact that’s what we did for ours.
– If you’re taking photos inside, wear shirts that are similar in color but not exactly the same color. That just helps the photographer balance you against the background. If your pictures are outside, then it’s a non-issue.
– I have no idea why you could be nervous hun! Taking pictures with your husband-to-be is an exciting thing!
– A lot of e-pic photographers just follow the couple around as they walk outside, in a very natural setting. If yours is like that, then just do all the things you would normally do and make sure you shoot lots of smiles at each other.
Post # 8
Hahaha. I can just see the look on FI’s face when I tell him to stare dreamily into the distance. THAT will make for a good photo. 😉
Post # 9
We haven’t gotten ours back yet, and I am getting so antsy. We weren’t particularly shmoopy, though. I am fairly outgoing when I have to be (ha), so I mostly just kept making jokes and being silly to keep myself and FI relaxed. Good luck! Looking forward to seeing them. 🙂
Post # 10
@jenbrandner: Thank you for the tips! We’re doing outdoor photos to take advantage of some pretty fall colors. 🙂 Still have to figure out what to wear.
@Amaryllis: Ooh I bet you are so eager for them! I’m sure they turned out great!
Post # 11
– If you’re bringing extra people let your photographer know. Having unexpected people may place the photographer off their game.
– Have an idea of the poses you like- your photographer will have some ideas but to really get your personality you have to be able to work together.This is a collaboration.
– Plan on it taking 10 minutes to get comfortable. Arrive before the photographer and take a look around- maybe do a goofy dance with your fiance to release the tension.
– Take a tip from America’s next top model and practice in front of a mirror for a few minutes.
– Try not to keep doing the same thing. When you’re in position look at each other for a few moments, then look away from each other, then one of you look at the other person and the other person look away.Try standing in different positions, changing sides, etc..
– Don’t move too quickly- if you move your hand too fast that part of the image may look blurred. Take your time and move fluently. If you kiss, don’t smash your faces together
– Have fun and don’t be afraid to speak up if you have an idea.
– And lastly, we all want to see the final product! 🙂
Post # 12
We weren’t very smoochy…at first, but once we got comfortable with the photog (very easy to do!) it came much more naturally. Also, if you don’t have much time, try to keep all of the pictures spots close together.
Post # 13
@rachaelrobin: You’re an engagement photo expert. 😉 Are you a photographer? You gave me such great tips to help prepare!
@rachaelrobin: Thank you so much! Good to know you became more relaxed. 🙂 And yes, we’re going to drive to our location the day before and scope out the spots we like so we don’t waste time on the day of!
Post # 14
The only tip I have is not to wear anything white? The guy we booked for our engagement photos threw a FIT when I showed up wearing a white cocktail dress (FI was in a grey suit) because he said the contrast would be IMPOSSIBLE to regulate…..Like seriously, spent the first ten minutes of our shoot griping about it
and then I was like wait……
Aren’t we planning to have you photograph our WEDDING? Where I will be wearing WHITE?!?!? And the entire rest of the wedding party will be wearing BLACK? Sigh. We didn’t hire him for the wedding afterall. But, on second thought, maybe DO wear white…you can “test” your photog to see if he/she can “handle the contrast pressure”!!!
Post # 15
Well. what I learned the most from the engagement session is just how to relax and be snuggly in front of people. I spent most of the session giggling and it showed in the pictures. But it made me much more comfortable for the wedding session. Also try your own different poses. When the photographer tells you to do your thing, don’t just do one thing. Example: kiss his forehead, nuzzle his neck, do a spin, piggyback, etc etc. If you do the same thing for 5 mins then you won’t have as many good pics. This is from my experience! Also evening provides great sunlight, ours was in the afternoon and it was hard not to squint! Good luck!
Post # 16
@Miss Iowa: lol.. I would have looked at him and left. 🙂 If a photographer can’t shoot white and gray there is a problem.