Post # 1
- Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast
I wanted to share our engagement photos now that we got them back and wanted to share a few tips/insight on what I learned from the experience.
Our photos were on a Saturday and we started around 2:30PM. We finished around 8:00PM.
– It’s awkward being photographed. We even knew and were friends with our photographer. Make sure you’re comfortable with them. For this reason alone I highly reccomend doing an engagment session. You don’t want your awkward photos to end up being your wedding photos. We shot at 2 locations and the photos from the second you can tell we are WAY more comfortable.
– Plan an inside and outside location if you can. This way if the weather doesn’t cooperate you have a backup plan. You have 2 different lighting options. A variety of scenery. We choose our favorite coffee shop (make sure the shop owner is okay with it!) and a covered bridge – we had to photoshop the spelling but it’s our (my to-be) last name! And we wanted my car in some photos too. In the end, I like all the outside photos better.
– Plan a variety of outfits and layers for both of you. I had a dress with a cardigan. A t-shirt & jeans. & a hoodie. And a change of shoes. He had a dress shirt & jeans. A t-shirt. & a hoodie. Plan ahead and know what you’ll wear. We scrambled at the last minute on his outfit(s) but luckily it worked out. I was late getting to his house and we didn’t have time earlier that week to plan anything. So we grabbed the first things we saw! I wish we had been better prepared but it was a busy week. Some things photograph better than others. There are some photos I don’t like only because I don’t like the way my dress was fitting in them which is unfortunate. It’s nice to have layers/variety. Don’t forget to use them. I wish I had worn my cardigan for a few more photos but I only had it on in 1.<br /><br />
– Bring props. You don’t want all your photos to be of “just you”. It’s nice to have a few things/activies. We took games because we play a lot of board games. My car. And we also used coffee cups for props.
– Eat before you go. Maybe bring some snacks. It’ll probably be a long day. It takes time. We had to deal with other customers in the coffee shop being “in our way” and wait for them to finish to get to the spots we wanted. We also had to move several times when other cars wanted to go over the bridge.
– Before the photo day, get an idea of some of the photos you like. Save them. Send them to your photographer so they can be mentally prepared as well and you’ll get the things you want. It’s especially helpful to search for people who took similar photos – like at a coffee shop, on a bridge, in a park, etc. See what they did. Some of the shots I had saved they recreated for me and I didn’t even know they were taking that one at the time!
Okay… onto the photos! We got back… A LOT… 200 maybe? I have like 100 favorites but I’ll try to pick a few to share.
Post # 2
Very cute!! Congratulations!
Post # 3
These are beautiful. Very natural and fun, I love it! Great insight too b/c we didn’t do engagement pics and are both a little nervous about all our weding photos.
Post # 5
Very cute! I love the hoodies as well. Its very natural and relaxed and shows the real you. 🙂
Post # 6
Fantastic pictures! Love the bridge ones, but I think the coffee shop ones are my favorites. Each shot is wonderful. You and your Fiance are a beautiful couple. Congratulations on your engagement!!
Post # 7
- Wedding: Patuxent Greens Golf Club
These are beautiful! And that is some great advice.
Post # 8
Oh my god, you guys are the cutest couple ever.
Post # 9
Great photos! What a cute couple!!
Post # 10
Eat before you go. Maybe bring some snacks. It’ll probably be a long day. It takes time. We had to deal with other customers in the coffee shop being “in our way” and wait for them to finish to get to the spots we wanted. We also had to move several times when other cars wanted to go over the bridge.<br /><br />
I kind of have a problem with this. The coffee shop’s other customers were not in your way. YOU were in THEIR way. The reason the coffee shop is there is to sell coffee, not to be a stage for photo shoots. They are doing you a favor by letting you inconvenience their other customers. So the better advice would be “Be prepared to talk to businesses about use of their space and see if you can arrange a reserved area for you, and be prepared to pay for that privelege.” If you’re taking up a bunch of tables and other customers decide to go elsewhere, it’s not exactly fair for the businesses.
Post # 11
You guys are cute! Love the outdoor ones.
Post # 12
- Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast
We are regulars. We asked in advance and specifically had them tell us what they best time would be for us to be there. I put it in quotes because I KNOW that WE were in their way. I’m just saying, be prepared to work around other people and not get worked up or in a panic if you can’t get the spot you need because someone else is using it because they were there first. Just expect for the day to take time if you want something specific in a public space. We were able to pause and eat at the coffee shop which is nice but not everyone will have that option. So i just wanted to say to be prepared for the day to take long and to eat accordingly. I was soooo starving by the time we were done at the bridge at 8PM and we were out in the middle of nowhere. I think we ate dinner at 10pm that night. I just wish we would have had a bigger lunch before we left and was very thankful that were were somewhere that we could easily buy snacks because I hadn’t even thought about what my meals would be that day. When I left at 2, I didn’t really think about not being done until way after dinner.
Post # 13
your pics are so super cute! I just wanted to also say that my photographer straight up told me she hates props and that they take so much time setting up that the couples get less pictures. I think most of the pictures that are just of the couple in beautiful scenery are perfect, so you don’t necessarily need props. One or two are fine but a whole “scene” is overkill IMO.
Post # 14
LOVE!!!! So cute!!! I also love your nail polish color!