Five tips for better engagement photos
In this short article, we have combined five tips that will help you to prepare for your engagement session and look your best at the photos.
Taking breathtaking images is one of the most amazing parts of our job. And this all possible because of all the work we do with our clients way before their session. The results are breathtaking works of art they are proud to hang on their walls.
Alright! Here's a selection of common tips we give to our clients to get better engagement photos.
Posing is something that every person struggles with. Unless that person is a professional model. You want to look natural. You want to look comfortable. Yet, every time camera is pointed at you - you freeze. So, there are some things to consider when you are in front of the camera.
If you feel uncomfortable, then most probably you look uncomfortable. So, shake it off. Do something unusual or quirky to get each other to laugh and loosen up. Just whisper some silly joke to your fiancé's ear and you'll see results right away. It sounds silly, but it works. What we have found works best with our clients is to encourage them to be natural with one another.
You guys are in love. Connection is a huge part of that. Make sure your hands are all over each other - in a G-Rated way of course, but this is how you show connection on camera. If not, your photos will look like you are not interested in one another and we all know that's just not the case.
When we are going to ask you to pose, we will show what we are looking for. Then you do it your way, so it feels natural for you.
Pro tip: try this, looking at each other, looking at camera, back at each other, and kissing one another. The more you do that, the more comfortable you will feel in front of the camera. You will experiment with different poses and ideas the minute you feel comfortable.
This is the easiest way to ensure you have the most variety in your final photos.
Where do you want to get your pictures taken? Do you want something different or do you want the same thing every other couple does? Of course you want something different. You want something that will make all your friends jealous.
We like to work with our clients to understand what they are looking for when it comes to their photography. Are you looking for something with more of a nature/park-like feel or do you want something more urban? Location can have a significant impact on your final images. While you are the primary subject of the photos, your scene is equally as important. Have you ever watched a Hollywood movie? Do you notice those big and dramatic scenes? That's how important this is.
Pro tip: try this, when you are driving around the city, look for interesting places to photograph. Look for locations with a character and share those with us before your session.
There is nothing worse than seeing your final photos and realizing your outfits weren't up to par. Now, looking sharp on camera doesn't need you to go on a shopping spree, although, who doesn't want that? When we work with our clients, we send them a tips sheet on what to look for to ensure they look great. Some tips include:
- Bring two sets of outfits. The first should be somewhat casual, e.g. dressy jeans, heels, and a nice blouse you might go to dinner in. As long as your colors coordinate with each other they’ll be fine. Example: light blue and dark brown look great together, try combining shades and hues of the same color.
- For the second outfit go a little bit dressier, as long as it fits in your personalities. A dress (summer dress or cocktail dress) with heels and accessories and your fiancé in slacks or khakis (something dressier than jeans).
- Be sure your clothes are ironed and lint-free. Opt for form fitting styles and heels vs. a loose fit and flats for the most photographically flattering figure.
- Make sure your nails are neat (either painted or not—no chipping). We highly recommend using a makeup artist before your session. Let us know if you need recommendations.
Pro tip: try this, take a photo of your outfits you want to wear for your session and send to us. We will help you with outfits color coordination and some other tips.
Your expression is probably one of the most important facets to liking your pictures, but how do you get a great expression on camera? That is no easy task. When we work with our couples, we give them honest feedback on how they are looking on camera to ensure they are getting the best results. In fact, your goal should be to have several different expressions on camera. No one wants to look the same in every picture with a cheesy grin.
Pro tip: try this, we encourage our couples to work on 3 different options and we show them how its looking on camera. Big smile, small smile, and then a more serious look. This creates an incredible amount of diversity in your pictures and gives you a ton to choose from. So even if you don't like one set of pictures, you will like the very next set where you might look more natural. Check out our engagement photos gallery to see the different poses and expressions we capture with our clients.
Choosing the right photographer
Don't underestimate the importance of your engagement and wedding photographer. They can impact your entire day for you and your family. Some things to consider:
Personality. When selecting a photographer you are selecting more than just a photographer for your engagement session or your wedding day. You are hiring a photographer that will be with you, your family and your group all day on your wedding day. Personality is a huge part of the selection process and should not be overlooked or discounted in any way. It can have a huge impact on your final images.
Style. A zebra can't change its stripes. Well, the same is true of photographers. It's the way we see the world. So, you either like their portfolio or you don't. Be sure to select a photographer who's work your are drawn into. Can you imagine yourself in their images? Can you imagine these images on your walls to decorate your home for generations to come? Then this is the photographer for you.
Travel. Does your photographer travel? Are they open to travel? We offer engagement sessions all over the country for our Alberta clients. This gives you the ability to go on a weekend get-away to your favourite city and get some incredible images that will be one-of-a-kind. We travel around Alberta free of charge for our engagement sessions as well as weddings. We did several portrait and bridal sessions in the US and Europe destinations.
Not interested in travel? Not a problem. Just make sure your photographer is open to location scouting and shooting. You do not want your engagement photos in a studio. You probably want to be outside and on-location to have a lifestyle look and feel to them.
Well, we hope this has helped and you are primed and ready to take some epic engagement photos!