(Closed) Things i wish i knew…

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
4 posts

Your photographer should know the best time of day and know poses. They should also be able to talk with you about locations and give you a few choices.

Post # 4
748 posts
Busy bee

Poses, I tend to be very awkward.

Post # 5
4439 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

Let your photog decide time of day and poses, she may also have tips on outifts.  I’ve heard as far as outfits don’t wear black or patterns and be matchy but not TOO matchy.

We scouted locations ourselves, I’d already had a few in mind.  We only got 45 mins for our pics, so if they’re closer together that’s best.

I wouldn’t go overboard with hair/makeup but that’s just me.  I stayed pretty true to how I normally look but beefed up the makeup so it’d be more noticeable in the pictures.

The only other thing I wish I’d done for ours was to tell my photographer I did NOT like  one of the props she gave us to use, other than that I love ours!  Just relax and have fun, it’s a great way to get to know your photog.

Post # 6
4755 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

amen on the “poses” essentially a good photographer should let you be you… but help make that better by tweaking stuff (like chin up, look a little more to the left, put you hand down, straigten your left leg, shift you weight) they should not direct your pose, but merely tweak it.

that was my photoraphers BIGGEST shortcoming.

Post # 7
177 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

We just had our shoot this weekend and I felt so nervous and rushed that I didn’t do or suggest half the things I wanted to. I did bring my props (date banner & balloons). Had my make up done but hated my hair. My 1 suggestion is organize what you want the day before and make sure you bring it all with you. Plus our photographer was really nice but not very creative in suggesting stuff. Hopefully yours will handle everything and you guys can relax and be yourselves. When are you having them done?

Post # 8
3 posts
  • Wedding: May 2013

Your photographer will know the best time to shoot. However, lighting is usually best 2-3 hours before sunrise or 2-3 hours before sunset.

As for your outfits, that all depends on your location. For example, if you are outdoors, you wouldn’t want to dress too fancy because it doesn’t correlate well. (Stilettos don’t do well on grass if you catch my drift!). . . .and it just pains me to see couples way under-dressed in jeans and a t-shirt. I think a good rule of thumb is to keep it dressy-casual, bring a few outfits to change into, and try and coordinate with one another. My photographer has some great tips:


As for hair and makeup, that is a no-brainer. They are both an essential part to your engagement shoot! Keep your location in mind because you want it to hold up during these conditions. You will likely need to wear more makeup than you normally feel comfortable wearing so that you photograph well. I say splurge and get it professionally done! These are pictures you will always look back on for years to come and you don’t want them looking drab next to your wedding photos! Engagement pictures should be a fabulous precursor for what’s to come on the big day!

Now for poses, give your photograhper key words of how you envision these photos coming out. Do you want natural? traditional? creative? romantic? fun? Understanding what style you are going for will help your photographer tremendously with how to make you and yor fiance interact with one another.

Hope this helps and best of luck!

Post # 9
3718 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

The design of your Save the Dates. Our blue outfits clashed horribly with the orange flowers on our Save-The-Date Cards.

The topic ‘Things i wish i knew…’ is closed to new replies.

Find Amazing Vendors