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May 10th, 2018

HOW TO PREPARE FOR PRE WEDDING / ENGAGEMENT PHOTO SESSION

Engagement planning / Engagement

Pre wedding photo session is a very important thing for us. Why? From our perspective because we get to know our clients, we talk and they tell us what they like/dislike, what make them comfortable and what doesn’t, etc. But most of all we fell more comfortable around each other on their wedding day. You can find more reasons here.

Usually brides ask me what should they expect at the pre wedding photo session, what to wear, what to bring whit them, etc. That is why I prepared few examples how we work, what to expect, tips and suggestions.

1 – Please be on time! We are natural-light photographers, so the sun dictates how long we can photograph you. Please make proper considerations for traffic, hair delays, and fashion emergencies! 😉 An average shoot lasts 1-2 hours…if you show up 30 minutes late, and we schedule you photo session just for the sunset we will have problem, because sun won’t wait for us. Please don’t think ill of me…I just want to be honest in advance and let you know I want the BEST photography experience for you. And being on time achieves exactly this! 🙂

2 – Be sure to check out our gallery for engagement sessions before the session. I’ve also discovered that when the prospective groom views few galleries in advance, it helps him feel comfortable in front of the camera. Girls are usually more likely to model or what I lovingly refer to as “work-it” in front of the camera. Guys, on the other hand, are sometimes not. However, if they see some of our images and poses beforehand, they know that we are only there to make them look extra handsome. 😉

3 – Don’t hesitate to check out photo locations beforehand. I know we spoke about this, but if something else has popped up or you have a cool idea, please don’t hesitate to let me know. I encourage you to find a spot that reflects your love and a place you’ll both feel comfortable. And please note that there is no such thing as an ‘ugly’ location….there is beauty everywhere….we just have to find it!

4 – It’s always fun to bring along props. I view every engagement session like a mainstream shoot complete with models and props and scenery. I want every engagement shoot to look like it could be in a magazine, so feel free to bring things along that really reflect your fantastic personalities. For instance, we have had a couple bring along a soccer ball because they met on the field. Another couple bought cotton candy and had fun eating it together. Another couple had matching iPods, so they brought them along because they’re both really into music. The list is endless! Suggestions: Bikes, polaroid camera, a favorite journal, magazines you like reading. Anything! 🙂 Don’t hesitate to bring anything that truly reflects you individually or as a couple.

5 – Some girls will have their practice run regarding hair and makeup for the engagement session. This helps them feel a little more ‘done-up’ for photos and boosts their confidence. And it is the perfect time to try your wedding makeup and hair.  I’m not saying you should do this AT ALL!! However, what I can say is that in my experience shooting engagement sessions, girls want to feel pretty and confident…and sometimes spending a little extra time getting ready achieves just that.

6 – Outfits depend on the location. If we are taking photos in the winter and everything is white around us, colors in your outfits will look extra nice. By color I mean everything except white and black. In case you like or have only black bring some small accessories like gloves, hats, scarfs that are red, blue, purple, etc.

 

 

 

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