5 Tips for Great Engagement Photos

Your engagement can be an joyful and nerve wrecking time. There’s so much fun and excitement going on but at the same time there are A LOT of things to plan and think about. Maybe you have your list of to-dos already growing or perhaps you’ve just begun. Hopefully these tips will help you on your path towards feeling excited and comfortable about your upcoming engagement photography session.

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TIP #1
Have Fun with Your Engagement Photos!

This may sound easy, but this can be a stressful and busy time in your lives as a couple. Take the engagement session as a break away from that. This session is all about celebrating you as a couple. We want to show who you are, your unique love story. Relax and have fun. All you have to concentrate on is your other half. Don’t worry, we’ve got a few tricks up our sleeves to keep the laughter coming 🙂

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TIP #2
Location! Location! Location!

Some will say that it’s always about the location. However, a great photographer can make any location amazing. Long story short, your photographer is a resource and will know the best locations but will be able to make any location work to your advantage. However, if you have a favorite spot in mind, or somewhere that is important to tell your love story, let us know. We’ll work with you to make sure that you have the best location for your special session. One thing to keep in mind is the mood that you are looking for and how you plan to share the images from this session. Nature or Urban is usually the biggest decision that you have to make, and we can do the rest.

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TIP #3
What to Wear

What you choose to wear is truly an expression of you and can set the tone for your images. Are you casual, are your formal or are you a blend of both? Typically, we recommend to choose a range of both However, make sure what you choose reflects your personality and style. Our sessions are typically 1-2 hours and we recommend changing your outfit once roughly every 30 minutes, if you choose to have multiple outfits. At March81 Photography, we love to create dramatic, story-packed images for our clients, and we would love to create that for you. Wardrobe plays such a large roll in this. Think dramatic, flowing dress in the breeze with a backdrop of fall foliage or up against your favorite downtown location.

TIP #4
Time of Day

We know that everyone is busy and scheduling might not be the easiest. However, there are times during the day that are much better than others. Of course, as those are the best, they are the most sought after. These times are sunrise and sunset. The light that the photographer has to work with is amazing at those times and can really help with creating dramatic and cinematic images.

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TIP #5
Think About Your Wedding

Engagement sessions are a great way for you to get to know your photographer. Learning how they work, getting comfortable in front of the camera and letting them know a bit more about you and your style. The relationship you build with your photographer at this shoot helps them be able to capture your big day, exactly how you would like to remember it. So the more you let them know how you feel and if something makes you feel uncomfortable the better your overall experience will be!

Hopefully these tips have helped you prepare a little for your engagement session. If you have any specific questions, please feel free to reach out to us. We would love to answer any questions you may have!

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