If you are anything like me the thought of being IN FRONT of the camera is somewhat intimidating. Lucky for me, I am most often behind the camera but my awareness of my own insecurities gives me a little bit more awareness of yours and helps me to create an experience that will allow you to feel comfortable in. My goal is for you to feel much more comfortable and reassured before you leave. Here are some common questions answered and a few tips that should help for you to prepare.
1. What do I wear??? I suggest to bring 1 or 2 outfits that you feel comfortable in and that you know will look good on you in photographs. If its a brand new outfit, make sure you’ve tried it on and know that it fits well. Also, bring accessories that will add some color “pop” to your outfit (a scarf, jewelry, a hat, etc.)! You don’t have to wear them for every picture, but it will help to give a little bit more variety to the gallery. Plan to coordinate your colors, NOT Match. There was a time where it was “the thing” to wear matching jeans and white shirts. Those days are long gone. When I say coordinate, I mean wear clothes that compliment each other and are in the same general color scheme (soft tones, bright tones, warm tones, cool tones, pastels, etc.). Use this as a chance to dress up and look special- to feel awesome. If you do a pinterest search for engagement session outfits you’ll find a ton of inspiration! When you are picking out both outfits act as if you are putting together one outfit. Choose your staple (perhaps your dress) and then plan everything around that piece of clothing. Avoid logos or anything thats really distracting from your faces. Patterns are awesome but TOO much pattern can look busy. Also think about the setting you’ll be in. If your session is in the fall you’ll most likely be surrounded by yellows and oranges. If in the spring and summer, greens. You don’t want to camouflage into your background so keep that in mind. Take a look at your entire outfit – the whole 360 degree view and make sure you like every angle! Don’t wear something because its the trendy thing to do- wear something that feels like you. I am happy to help you choose if you want to send me a picture!
Things not to wear (to sum up):
*Bright white matching shirts
*Logos or writing on shirts
*Short short short skirts or shorts
2. What if I feel awkward? You just might! The goal is for the awkwardness to quickly dissolve within the first few minutes of the session. My goal is to give you natural, romantic images that look and feel like you were in the moment, not posing for a picture. If your groom is nervous about this particularly, try to incorporate his input into the engagement planning process so that they feel like they are part of the overall experience. During the session, I will give you some direction, but a lot of the direction will be in doing natural things (walking, telling each other something, giving a hug, etc.). I often give cues that will invoke a specific reaction (like laughter) that i’m looking for that doesn’t require you to fake the reaction itself. This helps to make the images look more emotionally driven and relaxed. Basically, don’t worry! I have it all under control!
3. Should we bring props? This is completely up to you. I tend to focus more on interaction and emotion, but if there is something that tells part of your story that you’d like to incorporate (hats, fun shoes, a pet, old bicycles, etc) bring it along! If you would like to bring a pet, PLEASE bring an additional person along to take care of the pet after you’re finished with the pictures of him or her. Things you should definitely consider bringing (besides props) are: some extra hair spray to keep those fly aways from flying, lip gloss or lipstick, and if you are concerned about heat or shiny skin bring some extra powder or those oil wipes you can buy for your face. If you are wearing high heeled or brand new shoes that you know will be uncomfortable bring an extra pair of easy on and off shoes so that we can walk around comfortably in between picture taking. Seriously though, don’t stress. Let this be fun! As long as you bring your partner and a smile, we’re good to go, really!
4. Should I get my hear and make up done? Ladies, you do NOT have to get your hair and make up done professionally. PLEASE do not feel pressure to spend any extra money. If you are considering it, however it definitely makes a difference in the images.
5. What about the location? Choose a location that screams YOU. If you met in a coffee shop, lets meet at a coffee shop first and then we can walk to the park to get some more outdoor pictures. If you love to hike, lets go for a walk on a trail. If you go get ice cream every Friday night together, lets get some ice cream! I can also suggest some locations that might go along with the atmosphere you are looking for. If you are looking for a more contemporary or modern setting, consider a downtown area or main street. If you prefer a more rustic setting, a field, local farm, or park might be better.