March 2, 2016

Rules of Engagement | Planning for Your Engagement Photo Session

Planning for Your Engagement Photo Session

A lot has already been written on the subject of why you “need” an Engagement Photo Session. Now, to me a need is something like food, shelter, water. An Engagement Photo Session is more of a “want.” And you know you want it. But what do you need to know once you have scheduled your Engagement Photo Session? Here are a few things to get you started.

Engagement Photo Session
I loved what Zach and Katie are wearing for this Engagement Photo Session image–classic and simple.

Wardrobe Choices for Your Engagement Photo Session

Think about what you are going to wear. Like seriously put a little thought into it. As with all Portrait Photography Sessions, wardrobe is critical to the outcome. I tend to like things that are simple, clean, and classic. That way you do not “date” the images too much.

Engagement Photo Session Saratoga Springs NY
This was kind of a fun way to showcase the ring.

The Perfect Time for Your Session

Be on time. My favorite time of day to photograph people outdoors is later in the afternoon, particularly an hour and a half before the sun sets. This is called the “Golden Hour” because the light is very flattering. If you are late, you won’t get as much time/as many photos. Unless you want night shots–which can also be pretty cool.

SPAC Engagement Photos
I like the casual feeling of this image. I love the little pop of red from Katie’s blouse.

Think About Professional Hair and Makeup for Your Engagement Photos:

Consider having your hair and makeup professionally done. This is by no means a necessity, but it is a great time to do a trial run with your hairdresser to see how your hair and makeup will look
on the big day.

Saratoga Springs NY Engagement Photos
A wide shot including the landscape is always nice for a large wall portrait in the home.

Relax and have fun! This is a great way to spend time together, as well as a fun way to get to know your photographer. If you are relaxed, you will have great pictures.

Note:  Our fabulous models in the post were Zach and Katie–You can view their Catskills Windham Wedding here.

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