Finding a great photographer at a reasonable price took quite some time, but fortunately, my fiancé and I finally found the best photographer for our wedding! An engagement photo session is highly recommended because it is the most suitable time to see if your photographer is a good fit. Also, it will allow your photographer to be familiarized with you and your love, thus adding ease to the wedding day photo shoot! Want perfect engagement photos? Here are 5 tips:
- Create an inspirational board on Pinterest. After the proposal, I began creating Pinterest boards (like most women do!). One helpful board was my “Engagement Photo Ideas,” which I used as inspiration for our shoot. I pinned my favorite poses and places which gave me an idea of what we would like.
- Choose a meaningful or classic location. Location is key! Choose a place that is meaningful to you as a couple. Think of places where you first met, your first date, etc. Choose a place you both enjoy. If you’re not completely sure about a place, opt for a classic location. My fiancé and I decided to go to a new place we had never been before. We chose a classic railroad museum to match our classic wedding theme. We fell in love with the place and couldn’t have thought of a better place.
- Choose an outfit that defines you. There’s no surprise, I took longer at choosing my outfit than my fiancé. I love spring and fashion and what better way to incorporate my inner fashionista than a floral print dress! Originally, I wanted a retro 50s theme session, however, my fiancé thought it’d be best to wear something that defined us and reflected our style. I couldn’t agree more! He chose a classic white button-down shirt and navy blue jeans.
- Practice posing with your fiancé. This was my favorite part! When you have a camera in front of you, chances are you will freeze. Here’s when those Pinterest inspirations will come in handy. Review your pins of favorite poses and start recreating it! If you’ve never had a professional photo shoot, you will feel awkward, but fear not, practice posing and you’ll do just fine.
- Relax and have fun! Last but not least, relax and enjoy! The first few minutes may be a tad nerve-wrecking, at least for us it was. We were both so nervous with butterflies in our stomach, I guess because we were camera-shy. Our photographer told us to relax and act as we normally would. So my fiancé and I laughed a bit, relaxed, and were our normal selves. Our photographer was able to capture us at our natural state: happily in love!
Check out our engagement photo session at the Florida Gold Coast Railroad Museum. (Photo credit Jan Freire Photography)