You’ve got a shiny new ring on your finger and now the wedding planning has begun! But before you get to say your I Do’s you want to capture this sweet season in your life with an engagement session. It is a very important part of your wedding process, especially with your photographer. It can then also be tricky finding a quality wedding photographer, depending on the size of the town or city that you live in. For example, it’s very easy to find a top-quality wedding photographer in London but then in smaller areas there are not so many to choose from, so in that case definitely consider getting one in from further away as it’s very much worthwhile. Engagement shoots are Vic’s and my favorite sessions to do. It’s WAY less stressful than the wedding day and both us and the couple have more creative freedom. We always have a great time with couples during the engagement shoot. Here are a few things to keep in mind when planning your engagement session.
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As a couple, you and your fiance should decide on what look or theme you want for your engagement session and discuss it with your photographer. Some couples go with a more urban theme which has buildings and the city feel. Others like a more organic, natural style with open grassy fields or a soft romantic session on the beach. Whatever theme or look you chose for your engagement session make sure it reflects both of you and your personalities.
Another thing to keep in mind is to trust your photographer. Many couples worry more about the location of their engagement session but I am here to say that if you trust your photographer, no matter where they take you, your pictures will be beautiful. Some couples know exactly where they want to take their pictures and Vic and I gladly go along with whatever idea they have. Other couples have no idea where to go, but know what style they want their engagement pictures. That is where we step in and find the perfect location for what they have in mind :)
Almost all our couples, especially our brides, ask us what they should wear for their engagement photos. We’ve got a post with some tips and examples here but we always say the same thing… wear what makes you feel beautiful (or handsome for the guys ;) ) and something comfortable. The outfits that are chosen should coincide with the feel or look of the session. The most important piece of advice on what to wear… be comfortable in your outfit! When you’re uncomfortable with what you have on it shows in the pictures, so finding that perfect outfit is just as important as feeling good in it.
The most important tip of all… HAVE FUN! Planning a wedding can be stressful but your engagement session is that one moment where you can relax and just have a good time. Snuggle, smile, and laugh as much as you can throughout your session and allow your photographer to capture that pure joy. These are images that you will cherish for the rest of your life and having fun is so important!
Engagement session are the chance that every couples have to showcase their love. Being engaged is such an amazing time in a couples life, where there love for each other grows more and more as their special day gets closer. Engagement sessions are so important and such a wonderful way to document the most exciting season in a couples life.