Ever find yourself checking off a list in your head? Yes, well, that’s me! Here’s a few things you can bring to an engagement session.
A picnic basket and some bubbly,
A reminder of how you first met
Board-games, bring them!
A few must haves
1. Bobby pins
2. Lipstick (to retouch)
3. Handkerchief (to dab off sweat on those hot Texas days)
4. Your change of clothes
5. Comfortable shoes, especially for ladies who are wearing pumps. Walking in flats in between photos are much more comfortable.
6. Miscellaneous- deodorant and hairspray
If you’re anything like me, well you’re awkward in photos, but with some guidance from your photographer, you can get some very cool, casual photos.
How to be casual in photos.
1. Have conversations with each other
2. Laugh if you have to
3. It’s okay to be random
4. What should you do with your hands?
Guys- Place them in your pockets, adjust your tie, adjust your watch
Girls- Play with your hair, play with your jewelry
5. As always don’t forget to be in love and have fun
The location for your engagement photos might be different for several reasons. It could be where you had your first date, where you were proposed to, a location you both like and frequent. There are a variation of reasons why you could chose any particular location. You might be encouraged to chose a location because it’s beautiful or discouraged about your options because it’s not magical enough but just think back to your relationship. Think about your first date, your favorite restaurant you frequent every Wednesday night, the first meal you shared, a favorite bar, or your favorite activities. Brainstorming together will help you decide what location is the best for your engagement session.
A few things to keep in mind when scouting for locations:
1. Does your location need a permit, if so, what will that cost be to you?
2. Will there be festivals or special events at your location? Keep in mind that if there are festivals, there will be crowds.
3. Does your location have special hours of operation? If you are considering taking photos at a bar or restaurant, ask in advance if you want the place to yourself. Some owners make exceptions and will allow this if you trade services, for instance, give them access to your photos for business use.
4. Most importantly, be in love and have fun.
Deciding what to wear to your engagement session can be a bit overwhelming, but it shouldn’t have to be. If your photographer allows it and there is enough time for a change of clothes, I would suggest:
1. A casual and formal outfit.
2. Whatever makes you feel comfortable.
3. Don’t worry about matching too much.
4. Consider the weather conditions.
5. And don’t forget those nails. More than likely, your photographer will be getting a close up of your ring, and most definitely your nails will be captured.
6. Consider testing your hair and makeup that day as well.
7. Most importantly, have fun and be in love!
Rocio and Joe chose their engagement session at Old Town Spring. It was sunny and a total of 40 degrees on a Sunday morning. The time was perfect! We had the whole place to ourselves.
For brides that are having trouble deciding on locations for their engagement photos, here are a few things to consider.
1. Consider why you are choosing a certain location. Is it a place you and your groom-to-be visit often? Is it where you first met? Was your first date there?
2. Timing. They day of your shoot, will there be any events at the location of your shoot? Are there going to be road closures? Will there be crowds?
3. Permits. Do you need permits for your location? If so, what is the cost? How far do you have to schedule an appointment? How do you receive your permit?
4. Most importantly have fun and be in love.
Three years ago, video chat brought them together. It was a casual comment made by Jose, he was looking for a conversation, and Lucy responded. With the click of button and a few keys, their relationship slowly developed.
Two high school sweethearts, Ish-shah and David, decided they would sneak out and go stargazing. Seven years later, it seems now the stars are aligned. Maybe this is where their love for the outdoors began.
In four months, we’ll be celebrating along their side.