You've probably looked online and you can see you have a world of tasks waiting for you to complete for your wedding day. You also probably want to run and hide under a rock. Stay with me; you're okay!
Your engagement session is probably going to be one of the first things you complete on your task list. There are a few things you need to know before you run out and find the first available photographer to shoot it for you. I know you're excited, but let's take a minute to go over a few things.
1.DO YOUR RESEARCH
Start looking for the photographer you think you will want to shoot your wedding day. WHAT?! This early?! Yes. This early. For a couple of reasons, actually. Your dream photographer may be booking more than a year in advance. That means you need to start looking now to be sure you have a chance to snag your favorite pro. You also want your engagement album and your wedding album to flow cohesively. The best way to ensure that is to make sure you have the same photographer shooting both of them. An engagement session is a great way to see your favorite pro in action after your initial introductory meeting (which I highly recommend). Are you comfortable with this person? Are they helping you stay calm and relaxed? Do your personalities mesh well together? It's important that you feel comfortable and get along with your photographer because they will literally be spending every minute of your day with you. Plus, your photos will be 10x better if you're relaxed in front of the camera. It's much easier for both parties when you've become buddies with your 'tog.
2. TREAT YO' SELF
Now would be a great time to find a makeup artist and do your first test run. Get dolled up, this is a big deal! If you're up to it, get your hair professionally styled, too. I also recommend looking into sites like Rent The Runway where you can rent a fancy dress without breaking the bank to buy one just for engagement photos. I'm not much of a dress wearer, so this option was very appealing to me. Make sure your fingernails are either freshly polished/manicured or unpolished. That being said, make sure you stay true to who you are. If you're not comfortable in a dress, don't wear one. Do you! If you're ever unsure about your selections, don't be afraid to reach out to your photographer for a little guidance.
3. GET YOUR BLING POLISHED AND SIZED
I recently had a fellow photographer tell me a horror story about a couple who lost their ring during their engagement shoot in the middle of a forest because the ring was too big. Did your stomach drop reading that? Did a nauseous wave come over you? Don't let that be you. Ladies and gentlemen, PLEASE, get your ring sized if needed before you do anything else. Now that we've covered that, let's talk about that sparkle. You'll want your ring squeaky clean for the close-up. After all, this is the reason we are celebrating.
4. TO PROP OR NOT TO PROP?
What a loaded question. There's absolutely nothing wrong with bringing along a few props. Your photographer might even have some they plan on using, but is there such a thing as too many props? Short answer: yes. You don't want to over do it. There are many tasteful options that we see all over the interwebs. From the "She Said Yes" to "From Miss to Mrs" signs and so on, but sometimes we see all of these and we want ALL THE THINGS when, in reality, less is more. Bring along some things that have special meaning to you. Things that tell a story about you as a couple and the journey that lead you here. The love between the two of you will speak volumes, so keep your props on the minimal side.
5. STAY IN THE MOMENT
Weddings can be stressful. Too often I see brides getting too caught up in making sure every little thing is perfect. There will be unstoppable bumps along the way, but that is okay! Not everything is going to go exactly according to plan and it's better if you accept that right here and right now. This engagement session will capture your last months as an unwed couple. Soon this chapter will close and you'll be on to the next. Love is a beautiful thing. Love SHOULD be celebrated. If you find yourself becoming increasingly frustrated over the small things, take a step back. Take some deep breaths and remember WHY you're doing all of this. Be goofy. Be silly. Be yourselves. Enjoy this time with each other and try not to worry about the small stuff because, in the end, none of that matters. LOVE matters.
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