WHY ENGAGEMENT SESSIONS ARE IMPORTANT
There are many reasons why couples choose to plan engagement photos and many do not. However, engagement sessions are a great way for you to get to know your photographer waaaaayy before your wedding day! Why is this such a big deal? Well, from a photographer’s perspective, we are going to be spending a lot of time together on your special day. So building a relationship is key for you to be comfortable with me and my camera. It also gives me a chance to see how you all interact with each other before the wedding. Of course, I’m not saying there won’t be any jitters during the beginning of the engagement session, but that is quite normal. After a few moments of warming up and having a good time you two will naturally warm up to the camera. So now that you know why engagement sessions are important, let me share some tips with you to help you get ready.
1.) DECIDE ON A LOCATION
Do you know what real estate and engagement sessions have in common? LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!!! It’s all about the location and the setting. This will set the tone for the entire session. Considering something romantic and airy? A few places to check out: The Conservatory, Hoosier Prairie State Nature Preserve Are you looking for something bold and city like? A few places to check out: Downtown Chicago or Downtown Crown Point will be perfect for that type of atmosphere! Interested in something more personal? Maybe your first date or your favorite cafe or brewery? We can most certainly look into that, just keep in mind that some business may charge a fee to use their space.
2.) WHAT TO WEAR
Once you figure out the location for your session you will want to dress accordingly. I recommend bringing a couple outfits, but not too much because this may cut into your session time. However, it’s best to have more just in case you need to change something. If you choose a fancier location, you will want to dress more formal in order for the space to compliment your outfits and vice versa. If your planning to be more in the woods, a casual look will go great! Below are some quick tips:
MIX IT UP: You definitely don’t want to have the same exact colors and same prints or patterns. It will look amazingly boring on camera!
MEN AND WOMEN: Try to refrain from wearing a pattern with many dots or lines my camera will actually get a bit confused about what to focus on. You can learn a little about why this may cause some issues here.
AVOID WRINKLES AND BULKY CLOTHES: Wear clothes that are flattering and also compliment your frame. Wearing wrinkles, bulky clothing, and small clothes do not make for good engagement photos.
DRESS APPROPRIATELY FOR THE SEASON
WEAR AN OUTFIT THAT GIVES YOU CONFIDENCE -Very important that you feel comfortable and special all at once!
CLEAN NAILS - This applies to men and women. Make sure that your nails are cut neatly and cleaned. Women if you are wearing polish, please make sure that the color is not distracting from your outfit. AVOID chipped polish and nails.
3.) GET THAT RING SOO FRESH AND SOO CLEAN CLEAN!
During the week of your session, stop by the jeweler and have them professionally clean it for you. We want that ring to shine through those photos!
4.) PROFESSIONAL HAIR AND MAKEUP
This is not a requirement, but a recommendation. Although these are not your wedding photos these are still very special moments on film to be cherished and you want to feel and look your best.
5.) LIGHTING IS IMPORTANT IN PHOTOGRAPHY
Depending on the location, I will choose a specific time that will be great for your session and gives us the amount of time to capture beautiful imagery.
6.) BRING EXTRA BELONGINGS
If we’re going to be in the woods or anywhere for a walking distance, bring comfortable shoes and don’t forget the bug spray during the summer.
Bring hairspray/brush/comb/lip gloss/lotion just in case the wind blows or you missed a spot that may need some extra moisturizing
Bring a coat in case the weather is a bit chilly.
Trust me having these simple things on hand will help tremendously
7.) STAY CALM
I totally understand that being on camera can seem a little overwhelming, but don’t stress it’s perfectly normal to feel nervous. However, remember that we are all here to have a good time!