How to Prep for Your Engagement Session

January 7th, 2023

You are probably wondering what this blog will consist of and I have all kinds of great tips to better prepare you and your FIANCE for your upcoming engagement session! I am aiming to make this blog as informative as possible!

No worries! I will help you every step of the way!

First things first....

Don't be nervous! I know, it's easier said than done, but it's totally normal to be nervous! We ALL get nervous before a photoshoot. Even myself and I am regularly in front of the camera! Sometimes I even freeze up and I pose clients professionally!! Your engagement photos are a fun way of getting to know me and seeing how I work behind the camera. I usually will recommend my clients to go and grab some dinner and a couple drinks before our scheduled session so it builds the confidence a little bit more! I will teach you all of my poses and learn which poses are most fitting for you as a couple. You will feel like pros by the time the big day comes along!

As you can tell from above, "belly to belly" is one of my favorite poses and trust me when I say you will get used to it right away!

Fun Tip: The more light, the better!

I would suggest booking your engagement session no more than 6 months away from your wedding date. You will have time to send out your save the dates and avoid any additional stress when it comes to planning. As you plan for your engagement session, think of a location that you may enjoy or means something to the both of you. If you can't think of a spot, just let me know and I can help! I most likely will ask to start no more than 1.5 hours before sunset! But I am always down for an early morning session too ;)

Helpful Tips & Tricks:

  • I suggest grabbing some dinner beforehand along with a beverage you enjoy to help ease the nerves. It makes the session more fun while getting a date night out of it!

  • Get creative with your outfits! Don't be afraid to be bold & fun! Some colors that look great together are reds & greens, pinks & blues, white & pastels or even burnt orange & tans! Try to focus on coordinating and NOT matching. A lot of times when a couple isn’t sure about how to coordinate, the guy ends up wearing a white shirt! I encourage you to only have the guy wear a white shirt if that is exactly what you want & not because you’re afraid of having him wear a different color than you!
  • If you plan on doing an outfit change, I suggest one dressier outfit and one more casual. Lets start with the dressier outfit first! I only say this because as the session goes on, you will become more comfortable and then we can finish out the session in your comfiest outfit! Bonus Tip: If you are uncomfortable in your outfit, you are going to be able to tell in the photos!

  • Think of what season your session is taking place in and which colors go with that season.

  • Be on time so we get the most out of your session! If you don’t allow for traffic or small hold-ups that could arise, you could easily be 20-30 minutes late for your shoot. I have no problem extending our time together, but the issue is that the sun light will be gone and once the light is gone, there isn’t anything I can do! I have timed your shoot for the best time of the day with the most amazing light so be sure to keep an eye on the clock so that we don’t run out of natural light!
  • Clean your ring!! If you anything like me, I never take my ring off. It gets dirty so fast! Taking it to your jeweler or purchasing a ring cleaner will work wonders. Who doesn't love a shiny ring?!?

  • Fellas, please empty your pockets. Nothing is more distracting that a cellphone and keys in your pockets. I can hold onto them for the session if needed!

  • If you love getting your hair & make-up done, this would be a great time for it!! Most couples invest a lot into this experience and so I always encourage my couples to make sure that they feel their absolute BEST for their engagement session. If you don’t love doing your own hair and makeup, this may be the perfect opportunity to give professional hair and makeup a shot!

  • Last but not least, RELAX! Take a deep breath and enjoy it. It is going to be so fun!

Engagement Session Start Times...

Start times always depend upon the season that we are shooting in! I will let you know the exact start time but see below to get a general idea of when I like to photograph. This is typically because lighting is best at these times and reflect how my images and the coloring turn out!

SPRING: April - May ~ 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

SUMMER: June - August ~ 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

FALL: September - October ~ 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

WINTER: December - March ~ 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

I hope this blog post helps you and your fiance when it comes to planning your engagement session! Engagements are some of my favorite images to capture and I cannot wait for our session!! We are going to have an absolute blast! And if I am capturing your wedding day too... that's going to be even better!