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7 Tips For A Successful Engagement Photo Session

Kicking off your wedding fun with an engagement photo session? Not only is it a great opportunity to get to know your photographer, it’s also a chance to get more comfortable in front of the camera before the big day.

Read on for my top tips on how to make your engagement photos pop – now and forever.

1. Consider the Time of Day

The time of day does change how the photos will look. You might love the look of the day early in the morning. Or perhaps you are more of a sunset person. But those aren’t the only options. Late afternoon sun with its long shadows can be really nice. Overcast days have very soft lighting and almost no shadows.

2. Choose Your Clothing with Care

It is easy to think too hard about what to wear. Keep in mind that your photos should accurately reflect you. If you’re usually kicking around in plaid shirts and jeans, stay away from overly formal clothing; you’ll just be uncomfortable and that’s all you notice in your final photos.

One more word of advice? Try to coordinate with each other, but don’t try to match.

3. Location, Location, Location

When it comes to where you’ll have your engagement photos taken, choose wisely. It’s important to select a location that actually means something to you, such as a park you frequent together for walks with your dog.

Nothing coming to mind? That’s okay! Luckily, we live in an area that offers a surplus of gorgeous options, like Lake Ontario Park, Fort Henry, or Lemoine Point Conservation Area, or even downtown Kingston. If you’re still unsure where you want your photos taken, just ask me! Together, we’ll come up with a list of options you’ll love.

4. Don’t Be So Serious!

You’re engaged! It’s okay to let loose, have some fun, and let your personalities shine through. Don’t be afraid to laugh, play, cuddle with and kiss each other during your session. I promise the love between you will be evident in the photos!

5. But You Don’t Want Your Photos to Look Posed

Most couples do not want their photos to look posed. I totally agree. Candid or relaxed photos are almost always much better. But that does not mean that I don’t give any direction. I call it setting the stage. In other words we will pick out a nice location and then offer the couple some advice on how to get started. After that I just let things go. I might suggest you move a little closer or turn this way or that way but usually that is about it.

6. Prop It Up

I love it when couples bring along props to their engagement photo sessions; they’re a great way to showcase who you are as a couple and can even help nervous brides and grooms feel more at ease while their photos are being taken.

One More Thing Before You Go…

7. Relax

Above all else, try to remember this: the purpose of your engagement photos is to celebrate your love. Try to relax and don’t overthink everything! Sometimes, the best thing to do is just have some fun and enjoy each other’s company. And above all else: smile!

Congrats on your engagement! I can’t wait to work with you!

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