August 26, 2022
I offer a complimentary engagement session with my full wedding experience, and it’s because I love them that much!! There are so many good reasons to have engagement photos done, but I know that it can be quite daunting too. Especially if it’s your first time in front of the camera! My couples don’t have to worry about a thing though. Not only do they get familiar with me and my shooting style, but they already know what to do when it comes time for their wedding portraits.
The Basics + What To Bring
There are so many different locations you can do your engagement session at, and each location helps determine that style I just mentioned. The beach is a beautiful backdrop for a neutral and casual session, and can be very romantic. Downtown in a bigger city with a dress and heels can be classy and fun. If you’re wanting more of a laid back session, go casual at the park. If your wedding venue includes the grounds for your engagement session, that’s a great spot too. It’s always fun to recreate engagement session photos in your wedding attire.
If you’re awkward in front of the camera, or just nervous because you’ve never had photos done before, you don’t have to worry about a thing! Professional photographers are pros at making camera shy people feel comfortable. I personally always start my engagement sessions off with some natural posing, (like snuggling up and just soaking up each other) allowing my couples to get used to me and my camera. Only once they are comfortable do I move on to posing them differently, and I will never do anything they aren’t comfortable with. If there’s something they don’t like, we don’t do it.
I believe everyone is beautiful, but I also understand what it means to not like something about yourself. If my couples prefer not to sit, we won’t sit. If they aren’t too hot about their smile, I won’t ask them to show their teeth. I want them to be happy and comfortable, so that they can treasure these photos for the rest of their lives.
Hair And Makeup
I definitely recommend getting your hair and makeup done for your engagement shoot. It’s so worth it! Not only do you get pampered for a bit, but your photos will thank you for it. That professional quality makes a huge difference on camera— and remember: these are your engagement photos! Like your wedding photos, you want to be able to treasure these memories for the rest of your lives. Don’t skip out on a detail like this. Make the investment.
I hope some of these tips were helpful to you! Engagement sessions can be a little daunting, but they don’t have to be. They help build trust with you and your photographer, and they build your confidence in front of the camera. They’re never a bad idea.
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Jessica Thomas is a fine art wedding photographer serving romantic couples in love all over Florida & Georgia, and across the world.
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