Feeling a little stressed about your engagement session?
That’s okay! I’ve come up with a list of 5 great tips for an easy, stress-free engagement session experience.
1. Find an outfit you love and feel fantastic in.
Make sure it fits well and doesn’t have a distracting pattern. Move around in it and make sure nothing pops out and that you don’t have to constantly adjust and readjust any part of it. If you don’t love what you’re wearing, you won’t love your photos. If you’re uncomfortable in what you’re wearing, it’ll show in the photos, and then whenever you look at your engagement photos, all you’ll think about is how uncomfortable you were in your outfit.
2. Find the perfect engagement session location.
Whether it’s the location of your first date, where you got engaged, or even just the park by your house that you like to visit, try to choose a location that has meaning to the two of you. Don’t just pick a spot because you think that’s where you’re supposed to go. If you’re not sure about a location, just ask me! I have tons of incredible suggestions. You just have to decide what type of background you’d like (woodsy, park-like, architectural, grungy/textural, open field, etc.)
3. If including a pet, enlist the help of a friend.
I love getting to meet my couples’ pets! It’s the highlight of my week when I get to meet a new animal friend. I usually suggest to include your pet at the beginning of your session. Have a friend come along to help redirect your pet’s attention, and take your pet back home when we’re done with their part of the photoshoot. You don’t want to be stressing the whole time because your dog is freaking out being separated from you or chasing squirrels or people down! As much as I love doggos, it’s really difficult to hold a leash while shooting.
4. Skip the extras and props.
We’ll be walking and moving around a lot during your engagement session. Only bring the necessities with you (aka your car keys) so you don’t have any weird bulges in your pockets and you’re not looking for somewhere to set your purse and worrying if you’ll forget it or it’ll get stolen. Same goes for props! You can’t relax and get into it if you’re trying to remember to keep track of a million things!
5. Make it a date!
Take a half day off (or even the whole day off) and spend the afternoon together! Grab a drink together before your session, and then make reservations for dinner after your session (no one wants to be stuffed during photos!) By spending the afternoon together, you’ll be relaxed and enjoying each other’s company. You’ll be in a much better mood than you would be if you both rushed to your engagement session right after work.
For more engagement session tips, check out my Engagement Session Guide.
I love engagement sessions! If you’d like to schedule an engagement session, drop me a message!