Engagement Session Guide
I remember being in your shoes & being so anxious + excited + clueless when I thought about taking my engagement photos. What do we wear? Where should we go? We're so awkward in front of the camera? When do we need to take these? Literally, all the things that ran through my mind -- & that is why I created this guide for my couples so I can answer your questions & help prepare you guys so we can rock this engagement session!
When should we take engagement photos & when do you take engagement photos?
You should plan to take your engagement photos 5 - 8 months before the big day! I only schedule engagement photos Monday - Thursday due to the fact that my weekends are taken up with shooting weddings.
WHAT DO WE WEAR?
Okay, so this was the absolute hardest for me when it was my time for engagement photos! Luckily for you, I have shot more engagement sessions than I can count so I know some basic tips + tricks of what works! Here is also a link to a Pinterest board I created for inspiration --> INSPIRATION
Dress like yourself! I know right? Stating the obvious, but what I mean by that is dress how you normally would everyday -- something this fits your personality. If you have never worn a cowboy hat in your life, don't show up to your session in a cowboy hat.
Wearing 2-3 outfits is my basic rule of thumb. One outfit you can be a little more on the dressier side -- a pretty dress for the gals & a button up shirt for the guys. Another outfit should feel comfortable; something that you are good with running around & being active in -- skinny jeans or jean shorts for you girls & a casual t-shirt for the guys. A third outfit is completely up to you guys. If you want another outfit that is a little more dressy or if you want something that just yells your personality (a dress, converse, & a funky hat) then rock that too!
Also, do not be too "matchy matchy". For example, both of you guys wearing buffalo plaid, may be a little much.
WHERE SHOULD WE GO?
When it comes to choosing location you can either A. trust me on picking a location (I always send you photos of several beautiful places either locally to you or in my beautiful state of Oklahoma) B. go somewhere that is sentimental to you guys -- if you want me to follow you around & take at each place you went on your first date, I'm so down. C. meet me somewhere in a gorgeous location.
A handful of my clients travel to me for their engagement session or we meet in a completely different state. They come to my little town in northwest Oklahoma because there are countless location options -- from salt flats, sand dunes, huge read mountains (Gloss Mountains State Park), wide open beautiful fields, rolling hills, you name it. I always say that Oklahoma is the most underrated beautiful place, so I love taking advantage of that.
Often times as well, we will meet in a completely different location. I have shot several client-friends in the mountains of Colorado for their engagement photos or in the desert of Arizona. I am completely game for that too!
And of course, having me travel to you for engagements! My client-friends typically have a location(s) that is local to them that has sentimental value.
I love it all!
but we are so awkward!
If I had a quarter for every time I heard this, I would be a rich woman living on a tropical island right now. This feeling is 110% normal. Oh, so you don't run around as a couple together while someone has a camera in your face? This anxious feeling is just part of the process. All I ask from you is to put your trust in me. Have a few cocktails before your session (hell, even during LOL). I play music to keep the mood light hearted. My goal is to have you guys walking away more in love than before.
"Can we bring props?"
I actually steer clear of props. I don't want anything taking away from moment between you two!
"Can we bring our dog?"
Umm...heck to the yes! Animals are family too!
One of the best pieces of advice I have is to make your engagement session part of a day-long date. Not only does this give you plenty of time for photos without feeling rushed, but starting your day in this mindset helps you feel connected and romantic as you head into the photo shoot. Start your day with a boozy brunch or coffee at your favorite spot. Be together for the entire day. This is the one time you'll take engagement photos!
If you have anymore questions, please ask away!