(Closed) Things you wish you knew for your engagement shoot

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

Fi and I have our engagement session right around the corner too and we woul like some tips… From both perspectives. we aren’t camera happy people. Haha

Post # 4
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Honey bee

subscribing to this thread!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Definitely following this thread! I’d love to hear some do’s and don’ts on this topic!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Personally, I think it’s nice to look like yourselves= like not get overly made up. I think you want to celebrate yourselves as a couple, so think of locations that are meaningful to both of you, maybe where you met, where you are from, where you love to spend time together.  I prefer a more candid, stolen moments approach- not a posey, “here we are lying together uncomfortably on a log”- it just looks more natural and not quite so “glamour shots” so to speak. In that respect, don’t just grab props for the sake of having them in your photo- include it if it really is something that is part of your story as a couple.  Also, an engagement shoot is an opportunity to meet your photographer and get a feel for their style and get comfortable being shot by them.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I agree wear something you normally wear but something clean and no bra straps showing, I hate that!!! wear your hair and make up like you would everyday you want to look like yourselves πŸ™‚ 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

We are doing ours on the 27th (weather permitting), so any advice would be appreciated!

Post # 9
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Blushing bee

We just had our shoot this past weekend.  It was a great opportunity to get to know our photographer better.  I would definitely suggest dressing in normal clothes so that you are more natural. I wore a dress and he wore a t shirt and jeans which is how we normally dress.  Trust your photographer, they will give you clues as to what to do to best frame the shot.  I also just wore my hair and makeup the way I normally do.  I didn’t want to look too made up.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Take the stinkin’ hairband off your wrist >.< I see so many pics with hairbands on a wrist, lol!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

i went to sephora to get my makeup done for my shoot and sort-of regretted it. i dont think anyone could pick it out in the pictures, but i was wearing WAY WAY WAY too much makeup. luckily, it translated well on camera. but i was very uncomfortable.

i couldn’t even look at myself when i was done. i was wiping off my eyebrows in the car.

so….i’d say if you’re getting makeup and hair done, leave yourself plenty of time between your appointments and the shoot to tweak things for yourself!

or got to a legit professional instead of some random lady at sephora (i didnt feel like spending a lot of $)

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Pick photos you want to see.. have some ideas and make sure they are known. Have fun, and if you think the photo is ridiculous you will see it in your face. 

Mistake proof your clothes, I had a belt I thought looked cute but it ended up falling down in photos and It kind of turned me off to some of the pics (I could see lines in my dress). Bring comfy shoes to change in to. While my high heels were super cute in the pics I could not walk in them, I’m an idiot for wearing high heels at a park, but my flats saved me. 

Make sure you love your fiances clothes. We met up, and asked him to bring a certain shirt.. he pretty much wore the same thing. 

 

But all in all there is nothing I can change now and I am happy with them. My mom also hated them because they are the new type of engagement pictures and there were not enough pictures of his face and mine. 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

wear what you normally would and do your hair normal.  Our best picture were the one where we were not trying to pose. Some of them were soooo funny….

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

1 – I needed flip flops. I had the most. fabulous. shoes. ever. And I walked up and down hills in them and OUCH! I wish I’d had something more comfortable for getting from place to place.

2 – I forgot transfer-proof lipstick. Duh – I totally didn’t think about how much we’d be kissing in these shots, and had to reapply several times, and I was wiping lipstick off him constantly. I knew to do this for the wedding, but totally blanked on needing it for these shots. 

3 – My outfit didn’t photograph well in several poses. I wish I had checked it in some test shots at home and not just standing in front of the mirror. My earrings didn’t translate well on camera. 

He loves all the pics we have, and I love some of them very much. But it would have been better if I’d known these things. 

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper

I wish I’d remembered that I don’t like my teeth and to smile with my lips closed!  Haha, but as far as real advice goes….

Definitely take the hairband off your wrist, like someone else said!  I don’t really have any great advice.  Don’t try to look like a model, just try to look like yourself.  πŸ™‚

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

Following this one, even though the e-pics aren’t until October, because we’re doing our save-the-dates soon!

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