Have you gotten engaged recently? Or perhaps you know someone who did? Are you wondering if you should get your engagement photos done by a professional photographer? Do you need some advice on how to go about your engagement photo session?
Well, look no further. I have compiled some important information to help you decide and plan your session.
Engagement photos look awesome on Save the dates cards
When you are planning your wedding, one of the first things you must do is to pick a date. Then, you have to send out invitations and save the date cards to make sure everyone of your guests knows the exact date of the wedding. One of the things you can do to personalize your stationary is to include lovely photos of you and your significant other. Having your photo on your stationary will only excite the guests further for the big day.
Engagement photos can be used as Guest Book at your wedding
There are so many things you can use your engagement photos for, and one of these things is creating a personalized guest book for all wedding guests to sign. Weddings are all about you, your love for your significant other, and your journey together as a couple. It only makes sense to incorporate as many little elements of of the two of you as possible and make it as personalized as can be. Having your engagement photos arranged in a beautiful album or printed on a big canvas for all to sign will become a keepsake of your wedding day which you will always want to hold on to. Years from now, you will love looking over the images, reading all the lovely messages your family and friends left for you. Perhaps, you will enjoy sharing it with your children or other significant figures in your life. Don't miss out on little individualized touches on your wedding day!
Practice for the "big day"
If you have never had professional pictures taken, it is such a good opportunity to see what it is like to be in front of the camera. Your photographer, especially if s/he will do your wedding photos as well, can walk you through the process, answer an
y questions you have, and get to know you. Your photographer will want to know your style, what your vision is for the big day, and plan ahead. Having your engagement session done allows you to discover your own likes, dislikes, and comfort level in front of the camera. Get in touch with your photographer, plan a session, and enjoy the process.
Best time to get your engagement photos done
The best time to get the photos done is up to you and what you want to use the images for. If you want to create a Save the date card or have the images arranged in a book for the guests to sign, the best would be to get the session done 9-10 months prior to your wedding. If you want to get professional photos done, but you do not plan on using them as decor on your wedding day, you can book your session at any time.
What to wear and what not to wear
The style of the session is completely up to you. You can do formal, semi-formal, or casual. The key here is to try and match one another as well as the theme of the wedding. Avoid wearing clashing colours or difficult patterns. Try to put together a colour palette that both of you like. Your photographer can help you with this. Furthermore, keep the time of year and location in mind when you are choosing the look for your engagement photos. You want the engagement photos to compliment your wedding day. So if you are going to have a formal wedding, I suggest a formal engagement photography session. For more information and tips on what to wear/what not to wear, check out this blog post here.
Location of your session
Your engagement photos can be done indoors or outdoors depending on what you want them to look like. You can always visit your favourite places, significant places such as the place where you met your significant other or where you had your first kiss. You can rent studio places or use your own home as well. The choice is endless and completely yours. Discuss it with your photographer, and for ask his/her opinion. The location and wardrobe should compliment one another, go hand in hand.
Should you hire the same photographer for your engagement and wedding?
The answer is: it depends. Did you have a good experience with your photographer? Did they make you feel good and are they easy to work with? Are they available for your wedding date? If you had a good experience and loved your images, it is a good idea to discuss your wedding photography needs as well. It is easier to work with someone you already know and had an experience with than someone who is new to you. If you decided to switch photographer, you can always ask them to have a quick mini session with you or meet face-to-face. This would allow you to get to know them better and make an informed decision.
If you have any questions about engagement sessions, you can comment below or send me an email through my website. I am more than happy to help you out.