Congratulations! You're engaged! Once you get over the hysteria of your new fiancée status, the wedding planning begins. Your first act as a newly engaged couple might be to take your engagement photos. Grand Lens Photography shares 5 things to consider before taking your engagement photos.
do you even want engagement photos?
You and your partner may not recognize an imperative need for them, and that is fine. For example, you had your proposal captured by a professional photographer; then that may be all you require. Or perhaps you are just not that fussy about any of this, in which case, there is nothing to worry about. Various couples desire engagement photos because they only have iPhone photos of selfies to document their memories of the proposal and generally throughout their relationship. Engagement photos will probably come in handy if you do choose to take them. Couples plan to use these photos for their "save-the-date" cards, on their wedding website, and social media. Family members, such as parents and grandparents, may plan to order prints of the photos to display in their homes. If budget is delaying your decision to have an engagement session, do some research. Certain photographers include the engagement session or a discounted session when you hire them for your wedding. Some photographers offer mini sessions, which are more affordable and a shorter session.
Think of your engagement photo session as a trial for the wedding
This idea is similar to a hair and makeup trial, but with photos. This will be your chance to get familiar with your photographers and get comfortable with them. Our advice is to have the session for that reason, but also to detect if you appreciate working with your photographers before you hire them for your wedding. If you are using the engagement session as a test, then book an engagement session and not anything else. Even if you have found a photographer whose work you absolutely love, you may end up with photos that are different. During the session, you will notice the photographer's personality come out. You can also decide if you like the results of the photographs.
look for images you love
Create a Pinterest board a week before the engagement photo shoot and share them with your fiancé and photographer so they are on the same page about your vision for the photos. If you and your partner share a deep love for the beach, explore beach engagement photos, engagement photos, beach couple, surfing engagement photos, etc. Use these photos as samples of what you would like your photographs to look like. Remember, every photographer is different. The photos they take for you will not be identical to the pictures you find online.
Find a photographer by doing sufficient research
Even if you receive a great recommendation about a photographer through a friend or your venue, you should still do some investigating. Read reviews, view the photographer's portfolio, and ensure you like their lighting, poses, and photographic style," she says. You can also look for local vendors through sites like SnapKnot, WeddingWire, and Yelp. Cross check the work by browsing the photographer's Instagram account. Many wedding and engagement photographers are overly artistic and do not capture genuine emotions. The photographs they capture are usually posed and occasionally far away. Hire a photographer that has more of a photojournalistic approach. Also, depending on the photographer you book, you may not get a contract for an engagement session. Request one if this is the case. If you look at the contract and the photographer does not offer printing rights and high-res files, you will have to purchase photos individually, which can be expensive. Some photographers will allow you to get printing rights and high res files, but not until you order an album and they can cost over $500, so beware of that if you need the files.
think about the whole setup
Consider the location, the time of day, and what you would like to be doing in the photos. Depending on the location, try going on a weekday so it will not be as crowded as the weekend. An engagement session does not have to be a half-day or full day event unless you are taking your photos at multiple locations, in which case it will be a bigger production. However, if you just have one location in mind, an hour provides you with enough time to not stress or rush and a little bit of time to walk around. Many couples choose the hour before sunset, also known as "the golden hour", for the best, extremely romantic light. Additionally, we suggest checking the time of sunset before booking your session. You also want your poses to reflect how you and your partner are as a couple. Some people are not interested in PDA, and when a photographer thinks 'engagement photos', they may pose a lot of photos of you to be making out with your fiancé. If these are the type of photos you do not wish to have, specify. Some couples believe engagement photos shoots should communicate a more innocent message and purity before marriage. We believe it should convey whatever is authentic to who the couple is. If you are affectionate toward each other, then why not show the world that that is how you love each other?
Keeping in mind why you and your fiancé are having the photo session in the first place is certainly necessary. What it truly is all about is your love for each other and the miracle that you met each other and fell in love, and now you are planning to get married to celebrate your love. With dealing with wedding duties, people tend to reach extremely high levels of stress, which is understandable. There is already an enormous amount of pressure even with people who do not have influencing personalities. Hundreds of the couple's closest friends and family have their eyes on them throughout the process, so it seems like a lot of pressure. Try as hard as you can to stay calm and remember what the session is all about.
Grand Lens Photography wants to help you ensure your engagement and wedding photos come out amazing. Check out our blog for tips and tricks to help with achieve the best photos!