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How to prepare for your Engagement Session


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It’s always a little intimidating to have your picture taken even if it’s with your friend’s iPhone…we want to look nice and make sure nothing is in our teeth!
For this and many reasons, I realize preparing for your engagement session can be a little overwhelming, so I’ll touch on some tips for handling nerves and how to get ready for your engagement session.

  1. Select your favorite engagement photos.

    • Sit down with your fiancé and show them 2-3 of your favorite engagement session photos.  Spend some time together scrolling through a few blog posts or Pinterest.  This will help gauge your expectations and know what to expect. 

  2. Select Outfits.

    • Decide on a style whether it’s Bold or Neutral, Dressy or Casual, or Classic or Trendy, and switch it up if you can!  Bring 2 different outfits to your session.  

    • Match your styles. Avoid being too casual if the other person is more dressy.  

    • Coordinate, Don’t Match! Please, for the love of all things beautiful, please don’t try to match your significant other.  Instead try to coordinate!  Coordinating is completely different from “matching.”  Coordination means you are usually choosing different colors that look good together but are not close to being the same.

    • Avoid Bright Neon colors as they reflect color onto skin tones and can be difficult to edit.

    • Avoid patterns smaller than a quarter.  Men’s checkered shirts are fine if the “checks” are in check (or on the larger side).

    • Alternate heaviness.  If one of you is wearing dark jeans the other should wear a lighter color to look more balanced. 

    • Avoid Graphic tees, bold logos, sunglasses and hats.  Hats can cause drastic shifts in lighting and make the hat wearer appear much darker in the images.  

    • Shop for outfits in your closet! There’s no rule that you have to go out and buy a new outfit.  If you know you look awesome in an outfit that you already have and it fits the style you want for your engagement session, go with it! It will be a great choice! 

    • Be you!  Choose clothing that reflects who you are.  Your outfits have way more impact than your locations.  The location is just a setting int he background, but you two will be the main focus.

    3. Allow plenty of time & have patience with each other!

    • Allow plenty of time to get ready and get to your shoot!  Nothing is worse than running late and having an argument over it in the car.  That is definitely going to set a bad mood.  

    • Have patience with each other and don’t assume that the other person is not going to have a good time…be surprised by now much you will both enjoy your engagement session!

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