Engagement photography has become a staple of wedding photography and anyone reading bridal/wedding magazines and blogs knows it. Almost all couples agree on having a photo session prior the big day and it can (and should) be included as part of overall wedding package. It gives photographers the chance to meet and get to know their clients, experiment with flattering poses, angles and styles before the wedding day. For couples it’s a wonderful opportunity to pose for a professional photographer for the first time together. I see it as a form of rehearsal, both for a photographer and a couple and that’s why I’ve asked a professional wedding Decatur Il photographer to give us some tips on how to prepare for the engagement photo session for the best final results!
Know What You Want! Before booking an engagement photography session, it’s good to have an honest conversation with your sweetheart about the kind of photos you would like to get. Casual or formal, candid or posed? It all depends on you as a couple and what you intend to do with the pics.
Pick the Perfect Location(s)! Neither photographers nor couples like to spend a day cooped up in a studio, so why would you do that? A photographer should be able to recommend some lovely local sites that make astonishing backdrops for engagement photographs. However, think about your favorite landmark, a park, the place you’ve met for the first time; meaningful backdrop is always better than just a beautiful one. If you choose that place you visit together often, you’ll be able to relive some significant moments that made you fall in love with each other. Yes, it’s the easiest way to acquire both romantic and spontaneous images. Choose only the locations where you feel comfortable because making yourself at home is the key to looking better on camera.
Dress Up! Whether you opt for casual or formal engagement photographs, when picking your clothing, go for solid colors. It’s highly recommended to avoid patterns, floral designs, plaids as well as head-to-toe white or black outfit. Although most couples tend to choose matching outfits, which is alright. Nevertheless, try not to overdo it.