We talk a lot around here about the importance of scheduling an engagement shoot, and that’s because it won’t just give you another chapter to add to your photo love story, but it’ll also give you the chance to get to know your wedding photographers better and to get a little more comfortable with the whole photography process if you’re not used to it.
Today’s post, however, isn’t about why you should schedule an engagement photo session. It’s about what you should, and shouldn’t, do once you’ve locked yours in. Because trust us as longtime NY & NJ wedding photographers, simply scheduling one doesn’t guarantee you’ll get the most out of it.
Do wear clothes in which you’re comfortable.
Sure, that means that you should wear clothes you feel physically comfortable in, because any discomfort will inevitably show in your pictures. You need to be able to relax and feel at ease, however, we’re not just talking about physical comfort here. We’re talking about feeling comfortable that you look good and that you look… you, too.
That doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to wear your favorite shirt, because if it’s an old raggedy t-shirt then you probably should’t. All we’re saying is that you should wear something that you’re certain will both look and feel good during your shoot. In fact, you should strongly consider bringing multiple outfits like that.
Do make it personal.
While you may be head-over-heels in love with an engagement photo session that you came across in a magazine or online, it’s still always a good idea to try to personalize your photos in any way you can. That could mean choosing a location with some significant value to you and your partner or it could mean bringing along some props that speak to your personalities.
You could also act out some activity you always do together or use a certain theme to tailor your shoot to your styles. However you go about doing it, the point is that the more original and personal the better when it comes to engagement pictures. It is your love story, after all.
Don’t try to be someone else.
Whether it’s trying out a new hair style or a new shirt, so many newlyweds-to-be decide that their engagement shoot is the perfect time to try out something new. But take it from us as longtime NY & NJ wedding photographers, for the most part, it most definitely is not.
Like mentioned above, you’re better off going with something you already feel comfortable and confident in. That way, you won’t have to worry about how you’re actually going to look on camera in your new look. At least you can rest assured that you’ll know largely what to expect when it comes to yourself in the pictures.
Don’t compete nor replicate your partner.
There’s nothing wrong with coordinating your outfit with your partner so that you both complement and/or contrast each other just right. However, there is something wrong with taking that too far by wearing outfits that are too similar. In the end, that won’t just look odd but it’ll also distract from the whole point of your pictures.
From there, you should refrain from trying to out-do your partner with your clothes as well. While you don’t want to look exactly alike, you also don’t want to look like you’re attending two different parties either.
There’s more to it than that, but these should help.
The bottom line is that your engagement shoot is too important an event to take lightly. So, while your focus should be on simply being yourselves and living in the moment, having a few do’s and don’ts in the backs of your minds can’t hurt. Good luck and congrats!
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