Everyone wants to capture that fun and unique side of their relationship through their engagement photos session--to really sparkle. And it's a lot easier than you may think! Sometimes the thought of posing in front of a camera is the most uncomfortable scenario one can imagine. How are you supposed to act natural? Talk about pressure to perform. BUT, it doesn't have to be that way. Remember, these are your photos. Bring the creativity, comfort, and character unique to you as a couple. Simple put, be yourselves.
Here are some easy tips to to remember with what I call the Three C's.
- Props. These do not necessarily have to "define you". Get outside your box a little if you must. What are some fun props you wouldn't use otherwise? OR, pick something that is common/you would normally use. A few suggestions....set up a picnic scene, use a brightly colored umbrella, ride your bicycles, carry balloons or flowers, fly a kite, or bring something to show your interests. Maybe she loves to read and he's all about sports. Use that. I would suggest not recreating the elementary photos where you hold a basketball with a stiff arm against a blue screen, but maybe lay those objects in the foreground to add a little flair to the photo. Get creative!
- Here's where clothes come in. Two to three outfits are ideal to create different looks for your session. But choose outfits that are comfortable. I'm not saying wear sweat pants and a t-shirt, but choose what you will be comfortable wearing. Ladies, you can find a dress that is fitting and flattering that you won't be tugging at or self-conscious in all day. Find what is a good fit and choose that one. You'll be surprised at what a difference that can make in your overall experience. Fellas', honestly, it's not about you. Listen to your fiancé's suggestions and comply joyfully. You will be more comfortable that way.
- Remember, these are you photos. Be yourselves and have some fun! Some of the best shots that come from the day are when the couple is just being themselves, unaware of the camera watching them. This isn't as hard to do as it may sound. Find an experienced photographer and he or she will get those shots without you even realizing it. And you're in love, so don't be afraid to show it! Be giddy and affectionate. Look into your beloved's eyes and forget the camera is even there. And let your quirks show!
Engagement sessions can be some of the most enjoyable shoots I do. I love when the couple is free and relaxed in front of the camera. Come expectant to have some fun and don't worry about how the final product will look. That's one benefit of hiring a professional. And it'll take the pressure to get a good shot off your back!
Hope these tips have helped you to look forward to your engagement session!