Congratulations! If you are currently reading this while wearing a gorgeous engagement ring from Michael C. Fina, most likely you will be photographing an engagement session with your photographer soon!
I have a few tips that I would like to share with the Fina Family that will help you make the most of your session. I will be breaking up engagement session information over a series of posts and I would LOVE to hear from you! We welcome you to leave a comment below and be sure to check back regularly for the subsequent posts!
- Timing: Always be sure to arrange for your session well in advance. Not only will you be sure to get a confirmed date with your photographer, you will have time to use your images for a Save The Date or have a personalized guest book created. Additionally, the closer you get to the wedding, the busier you will be and the more inclined you may be to view your session as a chore instead of the fun time it really is.
- Location: I’ll be talking more in depth about locations coming up, but you should first pick a season and then figure out a location that is best suited to your needs. Personalize it! Finding a way to bring some meaning into your location will be an addition to the experience you will have.
- Communication: Be sure to communicate with your photographer about what you are hoping for. This is also a good time to talk about anything about yourself that you don’t like in photographs. Additionally, involve your photographer on the decision-making process such as wardrobe, time of the day, location and themes. Discuss ahead of time your plan if it’s a rain date or if the weather is not good.
- Light: The time of the day is crucial and your photographer will most likely guide you on this. I always prefer shooting during the end of the day, just before the sun is going to set. The light is warm and after it sets, it becomes a soft pastel color. It’s the “secret sauce” to making your images spectacular.
- Wardrobe: Another item of communication between you and your photographer. It’s a matter of taste. I do want my couples to be relaxed and enjoy themselves, but I find the images are much more grand when my couples dress up.
- It’s The Little Things:
- Watches: Don’t wear them (unless for a symbolic reason), as it can detract from the timelessness of the images.
- Hair elastics: Often forgotten about and become distracting on the wrist.
- Shoes: Bring a pair of flats to save your feet while walking between locations.
- Purses: Leave your purse at home as it detracts from the spontaneous moments or becomes a potential theft liability.
- Research: Looking at images on the blogs or Pinterest is totally fine, but be aware that there are so many factors that went into making that image what it is. Some of these things could be: it was 100% reflective of the couple, the lighting and weather was unique to that moment, the wardrobe was appropriate, the personality of the photographer taking the shot and the location was particular to that image. Personally I like to photograph my couples as unique individuals and create images that are suited to THEM, not anyone else.
- Be On Time: This is often so crucial because your photographer is setting up your session based upon the light. Light can change quickly and every minute that you are late is a potential loss of exquisite light.
- Have Fun! Enjoy yourselves. See this as a date. Make plans to go out for dinner afterwards and just put this day aside as a special day without wedding planning, work or other obligations.