We encounter so many engaged couples who both anticipate and dread their engagement photos. Couples look forward to a special portrait session that celebrating an exciting time in their lives. However, at the same time, they dread their engagement session because they worry that they will appear awkward in the photographs. Fortunately, we believe you can easily overcome the nerves that come with being in front of the camera by utilizing a few of our suggestions. For all our camera shy friends out there, Grand Lens Photography shares these tips with you!
Focus on each other
An engagement photo session is completely different from a normal headshot or family photo shoot. Remember that love is the overall theme for these pictures. Our first tip is for you to focus on your fiancé and the connection you share with one another. Kiss, hug, hold hands, be playful, be silly, and be as touchy-feely, mushy, gushy towards each other as you feel comfortable. After all, this is a photo session to showcase your love! It makes the pictures more personal and personable! Keep in mind, there is no rule for what is appropriate in your engagement shoot. You may feel nervous or uncomfortable in front of the camera originally, but chances are your fiancé feels the same way. Laugh through the awkwardness together and your connection will shine through it. Let’s face it, we all have busy lives that has us constantly on the go, going to and from work, running errands, going grocery shopping, and so on. Often times we get caught up in the busyness that is our lives and we forget to slow down and take it all in. And, what I especially am referring to are our relationships with our loved ones. Being in the moment with your partner and remembering why you fell in love with them in the first place is more important than words can express. Amidst our hectic lifestyles sometimes we lose sight of our significant other, and engagement pictures are the perfect opportunity to hit the “pause” button on life and just soak in the moment and be present with your partner. While you may feel silly at first being all lovey-dovey in front of the camera with your loved one, we bet you will ride home smiling and laughing hand-in-hand with each other. It really is an unexpected bonding opportunity for most couples and a reminder of why you fell head over heels in the first place.
Take your engagement photos while doing something you love
You are not going to be your most genuine selves at the end of an errand-filled stressful day. So take it easy all day. Grab a healthy lunch together, get a drink, and relax together doing something you both enjoy. This way, when you meet with your photographer for the photo session, you are filled with love and excitement for each other, instead of just crossing another thing off the wedding to-do list. Allow the photographer to capture you on your best day! An excellent way to loosen up and appear more natural in your engagement photos is to have them taken while you are doing something you enjoy doing together. Perhaps you enjoy cooking or gardening, or maybe hiking or dancing is an activity you have in common. Whatever venture is special to you both, do it. Doing a shared activity that you both appreciate will make the photo session feel authentic to who you are as a couple, and it will also give you something to focus on besides the photographer. Remember, you are not there for the photographer. They are there for you: to capture your love and excitement of your new engagement. The intention is not just to take pretty pictures. It is to capture an exciting stage in your life while spending time together. It is very likely that the last time you got your picture taken “professionally” was for an awkward high school photo or for super posed family portraits. We promise you, it will be nothing like that. So forget the photos, and focus on enjoying the evening!
The greatest photos are not when the photographer counts to three. You do not need to spend hours in a mirror practicing the perfect smile. Surprising, right? Instead, have a glass of wine before your shoot, or just take a few hours before your shoot to grab lunch and hang out together. The less stressed you are about how you look the more capable you are to FEEL. Our least favorite thing to hear photographers tell their clients is to "laugh". The fake laugh is the back pocket trick of a photographer who is not engaged in their sessions with their clients. Preferably, what matters to us is catching the REAL emotion that is unwinding during the shoot. Occasionally, that means we have a running commentary during the entire shoot. Sometimes we bite our tongues until the right time to say something that will get them going. Regardless what ties together, a GREAT shoot is a couple who is up for some fun together. Every couple has a story, and every couples’ story is special and unique in some way. Whether it is a wild story about how you two met, or about the most romantic spot where he proposed, or that neat little place you guys went to on your first date. There are always special places that you two will hold near and dear to your heart. Why not capture those memories through photos and rekindle that feeling all over again! You will be able to look back over the years, even when maybe that special place may not exist any longer, you will have those moments to reflect back on and love all over again.
We hope you find these tips helpful, and that when you take your engagement photos your authentic selves shine through! No matter what, remember to have fun with it! If you’re enjoying yourselves, looking natural will be an automatic result! If you are thinking about engagement photography, you should probably also be thinking about wedding photography! The engagement shoot is the perfect time to get comfortable with your wedding photographer! Click here to read about # important questions you should be asking any possible wedding photographers you meet with!