Engaged to the Details
Recently on instagram we had a contest and the photo that won was a very cute engagement photo.
"We love taking engagement pictures for so many reasons! Número uno is it allows us to really connect with and get to know our clients. We form real relationships with them and then by their wedding day it's like seeing old friends! Our brides and grooms feel at ease and comfortable with us on their big day instead of feeling apprehensive. Another reason for us, is it allows us to really get to know them photographically. Not everyone is naturally photogenic but everyone CAN be photogenic. It's just a matter of finding the best angles, setting and emotions to bring out the best versions of themselves. Engagement sessions allow us to have a practice run that way when the wedding day comes around we are super prepared to photograph you as a unique and beautiful couple! Third reason, while your wedding pictures will be beautiful and cherished forever, engagement pictures capture you as a couple more realistically. There are many more restrictions when you're in your wedding dress and therefore we may not be able to be quite as adventuresome. Since there are no time restrictions we can add a huge diversity of locations. These photos become something you hold very close to your heart for years to come." Cimbalik Photography
Engagement sessions are a great way to spend some quality time together before the big day. Engagement shoots help you and your photographer get to know each other. Engagement shoots allow you to get some stunning images of as a couple saying goodbye to one stage of your relationship before you become "Mr & Mrs." They allow you to ‘practice’ in front of the camera before your big day helping you to get rid of any nerves!
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TIPS FOR ENGAGEMENT
Activities are fabulous in an engagement shoot. Choose an activity you both enjoy. It will give you something fun and natural to do while making the shoot personal and interesting.
Do you have a horse and could go horse-back riding?You could visit a farmers' market, rent a tandem bike, or how about a picnic or trip to your favorite winery?Or perhaps an afternoon on the blue turf?
"we couldn’t miss stopping off at the blue turf as a shout out to Aarons’s BSU football days and lucky for us Molly wasn’t about to sit on the sidelines!" Two Bird Studio
Take a picnic to the woods or beach for some really romantic shots. Any experience you can be seen "sharing" makes the images really romantic. Do the things you love. Camping is the Idaho way of life. Add it to your engagement session.
If you can not come up with a mutually agreed upon activity MAKE ONE UP. Do something fun. Movement is good. Have a paint war, set down and play monopoly, do something. Activities are endless.
LOCATION LOCATION Think about your location. It is lovely to go somewhere that is meaningful to you as a couple, but also has a variety of backdrops to make things more exciting and give you a real variety in the images. Skylines, favorite taverns, fields of wildflowers, beaches, farms, lakes, rivers all make fabulous backdrops so think of somewhere unique to you!
There may be that certain place that is perfect for you to showcase your community. Highlight where you are from.
Think seasonally, if your shoot is in the autumn why not take advantage of the amazing red and orange trees? In the summer, the lavender fields of southern Idaho, beautiful Idaho wildflowers or perhaps a beach on one of Idaho's spectacular mountain lakes. Winter you have endless options in the snow.
Downtown in the more metropolitan areas of Idaho are beautiful old buildings. Older buildings can provide some great quirky backgrounds. Some great shots are done in alleyways.
If you have an amazing home or perhaps a cabin up in the mountains this can make a great place for some more intimate shots. Of course the beach is always fantastic especially if there are mountains as an added ingredient.
Probably the most important part about your engagement shoot will be the location you choose. If you have a spot that is significant to both of you, whether it be where you met or where he proposed, or a place that you frequent together, that can be a great choice for your engagement session. Family cabin, parks, where your romance is at it's peak let that be your location.
If you have a pet this is something that could be incorporated too. They are; after all part of your little family to be. Bringing your dog along will be sure to make it a fun experience! Communicate ahead of time with the photographer so that shots can be accommodated first or last to not inconvenience the pet.
#4 HAIR & MAKE UP
You really want to look and feel your very best on your engagement shoot:HIRE OUT.
Most of us are a bit of makeup and hair novices Having hair and makeup professionally done is far easier than many think..
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If you’re doing your hair and make up yourself take a little extra time, remember to wear a little more makeup than usual while still keeping it fairly natural as makeup doesn’t show up as much on the photos. Take some time and read our article called "Camera Ready" in the first edition of mcWED summer 2015.
This is where you get to bring in the "YOU" factor. Choose colors that go together and keep the same color palette as this will unify you together in the shots.Bride and groom need to follow same theme. No need to be overly matching, but coordination is best.
The knot says "Keep your jewelry ultra simple to avoid flashy distractions in your pics. For men, that means leave your watch and your pinky ring on the dresser. Women should stick to unfussy earrings with a simple necklace or bracelet (or one statement piece), and your engagement ring."
Set your own independence style and let your photographer know if you want to dress and be more on the funky side.
Think about where we are shooting and choose appropriate clothes example on the beach in summer think sun dress and flip flops, winter think warm sweaters and comfy boots.
Think classic, no big logos or wording on your clothes and nothing too fashionable as this will date your images quickly.
If you are going to an appropriate location why not dress up a bit, a dress and heels looks fabulous. The soon to be groom can clean up nicely with a tie and some encouragement.
Style it up – this really makes your photos sing. You could dress in a cute vintage way.
Think about the kind of props that might go with the shoot that you have chosen. Perhaps you have decided on a woodland picnic in which case you could bring a beautiful picnic blanket, , pretty plates, and gorgeous looking food like strawberries, cupcakes, and champagne.
. You could bring a vintage tea-pot (like the one above) or a posh bottle of lemonade and glasses with crazy fun straws.
If you do decide to bring props make them stylish.Sandwiches in a brown paper bag does not make a stylish picnic. Vintage rentals can up your stylish appeal. The "Casey" chairs from Blush Creek Rentals are pictured above and they are the perfect addition.
If vintage is not your style, rebel it up with a motorcycle as your prop.
Props as they can really ‘make’ a photo, they are also fun and make your images unique to you.
What if you want great photos but don't know how to get there??? Have it styled! Wedding coordinators are great at more than just weddings. Styling an engagement shoot is often very cost affordable because they are typically weekdays and not in the peak of wedding season. Ask your coordinator. If you have not hired a wedding coordinator now is a good time to engage in that discussion.
#7 Consider Video
Wedding videos are becoming increasingly popular. Why not an engagement video? Many use their engagement photos in their save-the-dates think about how fun it would be to send a video.
#8 BE IN LOVE
It's ok to KISS, HUG, SNUGGLE, LAUGH, and everything else you need to do to show you are intimate. Show the world you are in love. PDA is o.k. in engagement shots.
Some article adaptations from Bridal Musings