Take 5 Minutes to read these amazing tips so you can Rock your next Engagement Session!
1. Time of day. I know we all live busy lives and sometimes mid day photographs would work best but believe me you will be much happier with light near sunset or sunrise. Plus you won’t be squinting which is a bonus. I also encourage my couples to be flexible, if they are dreaming of a sun set pic on their wedding day I always say I would love to but we can never predict the weather but with your engagement session we have more control and can re-schedule.
2. Talk. I usually start the session talking about their wedding day making them comfortable and walking to our first destination. Small talk can be hard for some couples so I usually have some go to questions i.e. Details I’ve been wondering about for their wedding day. If they are still shy on sharing information for their wedding day I talk about my wedding day and engagement photos
experience. Its all about connection and communication.
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3. Gear I arrive with my camera (my 6d or canon markiii) and two lenses, back up cards and batteries. I usually start the session with my 35mm so I can stand further away and get scenic shots of the couple interacting, then I switch to my 50 mm to get-up close, personal and show more of their romantic side.
4. What to wear This is the number one question I get asked! I always tell them to pick one or two outfits. Make it a reflection of your wedding day. If it is romantic and classy dress it up. If your wedding day is rustic or casual be sure to dress that way. If is bohemian lets do earth tons and lots of mixed fabrics. Most of all keep it simple and what you are comfortable in! It is more about the connection and emotion in the pictures vs the perfect outfit.
Check out this article on more tips for what to wear: What to Wear for Beach Engagement Sessions
5. Location I love searching for potential spots. Some times couples like to go to the venue so we can scope out the best shots for their day and they like to show it off as a comfort zone. Others like family homes, beaches, parks, place of first dates, coffee shops etc.
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Guest Blogger: Siobhan Bogle
Hi there, I’m Siobhan (Sha-von)! I’m a lifestyle, wedding and portrait photographer based int he beautiful state of Maine. I’m a proud mother of two, a wife, a thrifty lassie, a gypsy at heart (this Maine Tinker, aka Irish travelers) and a special education teacher. I gather creativity and inspiration from the couples and families I work with. I enjoy creating a vision that reflects their distinct personality. I love to focus on the small details of each celebration, along with the grand details. In short, I capture the moments, details and expressions of love between people.