(Closed) Give your best tips for Engagement Pictures

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Blushing bee

Wanted to bump this thread…having my engagement pics this Sat and would love suggestions as well!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m having mine in two weeks and I’m so nervous!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Mine are scheduled for Easter.. and I make the silliest faces in photos… advice would be much appreciated from our more photo-savvy, pphotogenic bees!!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We are taking ours in 2 weeks so I’m thinking about this too. I do something I call smiling with your eyes- if you feel happy adn focus on trying to make that feeling come out of your eyes, then your smiles will look totally natural. (Does that make any sense?)

I also look the best when I’ve had a drink or two but not enough to have drunk eyes haha. But I’m not sure I necessarily recommend taking shots before your pics!

Wear an outfit you love so you feel confident!

I’m sure the picswilll come out good. I have pored over tonnns of epics (not exaggerating) trying to come up with poses/outfits, and I’ve very rarley seen ones where the couple looks weird/uncomfortable. i think that when you hire a professional they know little tips/cues to make you laugh on the spot or act in a way that comes off as natural on the camera.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee

@Seaside – Ha! I’m planning on taking a shot before pics. I did it before my Save the Date video and it definitely helped (although it didn’t help when we had to do 2 more re-takes so I decided to take more shots) LOL

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I liked our natural/candid shots the best, particularly where I was laughing. There were a lot where we had to look at each other, or shots she took of us while we were walking…it sounds weird but we talked the whole time to hold our smiles and make it look normal! I was like, “We’re walking on a bridge, with our dog, and we’re laughing, and we’re smiling, and we’re gazingly lovingly into each other’s eyes…” It sounds really strange, but the pictures turned out great. We just happy and normal and not awkward and posed.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@ImHungry247:Lol oh good! I said I wouldn’t recommend it but I totally am planning on doing this as well haha. Just one or two to loosen up!

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

 

i am just the same! i hate the camera! our photographer helped us out alot!! in alot of our pictures my Fiance looked like he had to poo! lol and i have a hard time relaxing my forehead! we chose props with some color and stuff that meant someting to the both of us. just joke around alot during the shoot be yourselves!

 

here are some of our engagements!!

http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/our-engagment-pictures-1

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I just had mine done last weekend. Get comfortable with your photographer and don’t try too hard. Make sure you stand up straight, because apparently I’m a sloucher 🙂 Try to get your Fiance to make you laugh because that looks a lot more natural than the posed smiling pics. And wear more makeup than you normally do. I really emphasized my eyes with liner and mascara and they popped. I think brighter colored clothes tend to photograph well too. 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I realized the less emphasis you put on them, the more you will like the result. I was so excited about our first e-shoot but the photographers were terrible. We were suppose to have them taken at a fair–so fun, but they decided it was too crowded, last minute–really 2 minutes before we got there.

here are my tips: if Fiance is willing, look in the mirror and try different poses and looks, we got airbrush tans before ours (yep I had to DRAG Fiance in there, but he looked hot after!), and it really helped us to not look so washed out in the photos. Drink LOTS of water, to help your complexion and get rid of bloatiness, I didn’t eat salty foods before. Don’t wear white, it blows up in photos. Try to stay away from plaids, it can look too busy & logos.

our second e-shoot was a breeze and they turned out so much better, remember to laugh, show affection and have a good time! Think of it as being on a fun date and forgetting the photographer is there=best shots

Last one, don’t be affraid to look sexy! Wear what looks best on YOU. Wear extra powder and eye liner to make your skin look flawless/define your eyes. It might look like too much in person but on camera–perfect!

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Just be as comfortable as possible and try to pretend the photographer isn’t there to whatever extent you can. AND HAVE FUN! These are your engagement pictures!

Also, I made my hair cut/color appointment for the morning of my e-pics and had my stylist do my hair, THEN I went to the Laura Mericier counter and had an artitst do my make up (served as a wedding day trial, as well!!) I told both my stylist and the make up artist that I was doing e-pics and they did a GREAT job. I agree with the PP… Your makeup should look a little over the top in person, it will photograph perfectly!

Here’s a link to a few of mine:

http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/some-of-my-engagement-pics-are-back-what-do-you-think-pic-heavy#post-2167033

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Bring props!  We were both so nervous because we’re awkward in front of the camera, so having a few props helped break up some of it.

I did not get my makeup professionally done, but I did wear a little more than normal. Also, we had two outfits and I love the way they turned out. In one I wore jeans a blue shirt and a yellow cardigan and he wore a green shirt. In the other he wore a nicer shirt and I wore a dress. This gave us a variety of photos.

I’m not sure what to say about poses… We like our smiling, looking at one another pictures the best. Our “serious” faces make us laugh and we got none of those printed. Heh.

Just have fun with it! It’s good practice for being in front of the camera for your wedding day.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

@unixfairy:I love all of the fun, bright colors! That should turn out looking amazing!

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