5 Ways to Approach Your Engagement Right
There’s a million ways to shoot an engagement … and that’s what I love about shooting them! There’s nothing worse as a creative person than finding yourself in a rut – or repeating the same thing ad infinitum. Boring! What I aim for with the vibe of every engagement I do is to try to keep it fun, natural, honest, and in-the-moment. But that’s just the vibe of the photos. Ultimately there’s a bit of style planning that goes into an engagement ahead of time – so we get photos that are meaningful slices of life for you both, while also helping you look your best. Here’s some engagement tips for photographers and brides, which will help you style the most fabulous editorial-style engagement session.
SETTING THE SCENE
Before I do any engagement I come up with a plan. This is kind of like a script and is based on a conversation we have about where you want to shoot and the mood you’re going for with your photos. It’s never more than a page, but it does help immensely. I’ll usually break the shoot up into 3 parts with 3 outfits. Typically there will be some variation between each part so you get a range of different moods and settings. For the first part of Mariah & Sammy’s couples shoot we set up a simple bed scene.
It’s important to have fun. I don’t mean fake fun either! It’s important to laugh, to goof around, to be yourself, to play. Those are where the best photos come from. Conducive to that I always try to create an environment where that sort of playfulness can occur. I also have some photographer tricks up my sleeve to get us to those moments. Case in point: Mariah & Sammy playing airplane below 🙂
Do you ever look at some photographers photos and think ‘Dang that looks good but I could never get myself to do that’? No worries, you’re in the majority. A lot of times being serious and intimate in photos can be daunting for couples. But those romantic photos are also some of the best & most elegant photos of any collection. Usually for these photos it’s a matter of me guiding you through poses that help you get out of your head and not feel awkward. I ultimately want you to feel as comfortable, safe & in love as if you would if I weren’t even there.
FINDING THE RIGHT CLOTHES
I always give my clients a primer on what clothes tend to work best for engagements and the style in which I shoot. A part of this conversation has to do with getting to know your personal style a bit, while also suggesting certain colors that mesh well with my work. In general, muted colors, earth tones, darker colors & charcoal tones look best with the type of photos I do. It’s also nice to bring in some more statement pieces for some kick to the photos – like the fedora below.
LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION
The location we settle on usually says a lot about you as a couple. I love doing at-home engagements as much as I love shooting at some obscure part of the city. But the location doesn’t necessarily have to be the place you met or the place you visit most often. Sometimes those places just aren’t as fun and photographically compelling as, say, a walk through the North Loop or an off-the-beaten-path style engagement. When choosing a location I like to be adventurous. I like to think that the spot we’re shooting in is a spot that most engagement photographers have never even heard of. I want the photos to be as unique and as special as your relationship and a lot of that has to do with not repeating what other photogs & other couples have done. It’s good to explore a bit.