Eeeek! You are engaged to be marrying the love of your life, how freaking cool is that? First of all, CONGRATULATIONS!
I’ve created a list of tips to help you prepare for the day of your engagement photos. These tips will help you feel more prepared and confident going into the shoot. This way you can show the world that YOU ARE ENGAGED (…or use it for your “save the date” cards, wedding website, or really anything you want)!
Make sure you get some rest and relax:
This may seem like a given or maybe you don’t think it’ll matter, but trust me it will. Come well rested and relaxed for your session. You want to have the energy to move around because I’m all about capturing you and your partner in motion. Up-tight equals looking stiff in your photos and I don’t think you want that. Don’t worry about posing or being a model, that’s my job to get you two in the right position and capture your authentic love. I have a ton of ideas and can think quickly on the spot so you two can fully relax. Plus, I’m going to be the biggest fan of your love story so there is nothing to be shy or timid about.
Coordinate your outfits:
Coordinate your outfits with the location of your engagement session and with your fiancé. Before we continue, I want to make it clear that you should wear what you want to and what you’ll feel comfortable expressing your love for your partner in. At the end of the day, I’m capturing the love between the two of you and if you want to wear something specific, do the damn thing. If you’re trying to style outfits to compliment your partner and the atmosphere then you’ll want to take into consideration the tones of the shooting location and colors that compliment both the area and each other. You’re in luck because when you book your engagement photoshoot with me, I send you a style guide with locations and complimenting colors to all of my couples. It makes your life a little easier and one less thing to stress about so you can fully enjoy your engagement session (and relax of course 😉 ).
Get all of your beauty maintenance done ahead of time (this is for both males and females):
Get your nails done or do them yourself. You don’t have to get fake nails if that’s not your thing or if you want to paint them yourself, that’s totally okay too. Just keep in mind that the ring on your finger will bring attention to your hands so might want them to look a certain way. Don’t do anything crazy with your hair or makeup the day of your engagement photos. You might not like it and we don’t want to use this day of celebration (that you’ll look back onto forever) to test out new looks. Do something that makes you feel confident. For example, if you normally get your eyebrows done then, do that. If you normally do natural makeup then stick with that. Unless of course you do a trail run ahead of time and decide that you love the look. At the end of the day, I want you to be confident in your skin so do things that will make you feel good because when you feel good you look good. Confidence looks great on you my friend.
Clean your engagement ring:
We want your ring to be shining after all because these are your engagement photos. Even if it’s only been a short amount of time since you’ve gotten engaged and therefore have only had your ring for a short period of time; the shine will still have dulled a little bit since the day you received it. This is surprisingly because the hand soap that you use to wash your hands can leave residue on your engagement ring amongst a bunch of other things. It’s best to clean it and not take any chances so that it shines brighter than the sun in your engagement pictures.
Pack a Bag:
This is especially crucial if you’re going to have your engagement session in a place similar to Moab, Zion, or any outdoor place that we may need to hike a little to get to the perfect spot. Pack an extra pair of comfy shoes (so your shoes don’t get dirty and your feet don’t hurt). Pack some water and snacks so you have enough energy to run around with your fiancé. Pack some blotting sheets and makeup for any touch ups that may be needed. Bring some props like champagne or biodegradable confetti to add a little spice to your engagement pictures.