Summertime is here—the temperature has risen, the days seem longer and more carefree—and in case you haven’t noticed, love is definitely in the air! If you are one of the masses who are recently engaged—congratulations!
This is a wonderful time of excitement and joy, but can seem a bit overwhelming with all the wedding planning. One of my personal favorite parts of the entire process is taking the engagement photos. They are fun, relaxed and an opportunity for the two of you to show off and enjoy yourselves.
So how can you go about getting the types of photos you will love, cherish and display until death do you part? To begin, spend some time researching who you might select as your photographer.
While Google and other websites are great places to start, it can be even more helpful to get personal recommendations from people you know and trust. Once you have a few names of photographers you are interested in, look through their online websites, blogs and social media pages to get a feel for their style and how it fits what you are looking for.
Once you have a photographer selected, you should begin the process of working with him or her to plan your engagement session. Every photographer handles pre-shoot planning differently, but I recommend beginning with your end goal in mind.
Where will you display these photos? Will they be shown at your wedding and reception? Will you want a large gallery display in your home? Will you use these for your “Save the Date” announcements? If so, what creative ideas can you incorporate using your wedding date?
Don’t be afraid to speak up and let your photographer know exactly the vibe you want to convey as a couple. Think about what you would like to remember most from these photos in 10 years, and make sure you include those elements, moods, props or locations.
Did you two meet at a bar downtown? Why not shoot there? Or did he propose while horseback riding in a field? Again, another fantastic concept to capture.
Another one of my favorite tools for planning gorgeous engagement sessions is to employ the use of the popular content sharing website Pinterest. I’ll ask my clients to create a shared board where we can both add images to keep mutually abreast of ideas, concepts, colors and other elements they would like to include.
Don’t be afraid to email images to your photographer or bring some photos with you to show him or her the types of things you would like to try. While a professional photographer will come ready to help you pose and interact the entire time, we welcome your input.
Any of these ideas and suggestions can easily be adapted for family sessions or for any other type of event where you are hiring a photographer. In the end, don’t be afraid to speak up and share your ideas. After all, it’s your big day!
To get some inspiration for your engagement photo session, click here to visit our latest Pinterest board!