from a wedding photographer
3 Session Tips
for beautiful ENGAGEMENT photos
Fun fact; I’m not a natural in front of the camera. It can feel cheesy and awkward and then I start thinking what do I do with my hands!? I totally get it. We are used to either taking selfies where we have control or we have a friend at an event to take a quick one. It's a different story being the sole focus for an extended period of time. I love doing engagement photos for this very reason. It gives you the experience of being in front of the camera. And it gives you an idea of what your photographer is going to ask of your wedding day.
I made sure I created a bag of tricks that would help my couples take their focus off me and on each other. Because let's face it, I'm not as good looking as your fiancé. I never like to leave you guys guessing on what to do in front of the camera. My unique bags of tricks help keep your focus off me and on the one you love. I never leave you hanging, guessing what to do or where to go.
Useful photography Tips
for engagement photos
I hope these 3 useful tips on how to get beautiful engagement photos helps make your session better. I use them with my own couples and clients. They can help you get more authentic photos in a relaxed approach.
Spend time together. In the Guide I give my couples this is one of the first suggestions I make to them. Take the morning and make breakfast together, spend time reading to each other or go for a walk. Really taking the time to connect before your engagement session. If you've been disconnected lately it can be hard to get into that touchy-feely mode later on. Spending some quality time before your session can help you be at ease. It can give you the time to feel connected to one another. Bringing out the loving eyes and gentle touches.
This one I find helps my couples a lot when we are shooting. A lot of times people can feel uncomfortable with silence and feeling the need to fill it. Hearing the click from the camera can also be a distraction. Music helps fill that silence and covers the noise the camera makes. Harder to hear when the camera is on you if you can’t hear it click. It also helps with tone. They don’t put music in movies for nothing. Some music can make us feel giddy, others romantic, or even bad-ass. If you are hoping for more romantic pictures create a playlist that reflects that. Bring it along and play it during your engagement session. I have my own playlist of romantic songs I bring to my shoots. My clients give me their favourites to add to it too!
do an Activity
Do an activity you both love. Doing something that matters to both of you can make it feel like the photos have more purpose or direction. Sometimes it’s nice to keep your mind on doing something you love with your fiancé. Say, for example, a couple loves being outdoors. I would suggest going on a little canoe trip for their engagement session. It becomes something for you to focus on instead of the camera. You can focus on getting to the lake, paddling into the cool water and not tipping your canoe. There are plenty of romantic moments to catch during this. Believe me.
I hope these 3 engagement photography tips help you be a little more comfortable in front of the camera. For me one of my top priorities is to make sure your love gets documented in as natural a way as possible. I have a book full of ways to keep each session comfortable, easy going and fun. Yes, fun even with romantic photos.
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