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Engagement Photography Session 101: Let’s Make It Count!

Updated: Aug 22, 2023

Engagement photos are a special way to start your journey of love. They will capture your earliest memories together. As you start your wedding planning process you will of course need to

send out save the dates. You are definitely going to want stunning imagery to create the perfect invitation.

Why Engagement Photos are Important

Engagement photos can capture memories that will last a lifetime. There are so many styles that you can choose from. Do you want photos of picture perfect moments with posing? Are you interested in a more photojournalistic approach? Or are you someone that enjoy more of a candid? This is the time where there is absolutely no stress and you can capture your romance in your way.

1. They allow you to develop comfort in front of the camera: Engagement photos are a great opportunity to practice being comfortable in front of the camera. Its like a practice round for the wedding. You are able to develop chemistry with your wedding photographer, so that on the day of your wedding your able to predict which way you should turn or which way you should look. When you’re comfortable in front of the camera, it helps to create more authentic and relaxed images.

2. They allow you to document your journey together: Engagement photos are perfect way to document your journey together. Whether you decide to print your photos or share them on social media for all of your friends and family to see, they will definitely remind you of that special time in your lives.

3. Engagement photos are part of the wedding planning process. When panning your wedding, engagement photos have a variety of uses. Whether you are having a bridal shower and want to display them as a piece of décor or use them as a welcome sign for your big day or even make a montage of them to play during the reception, you will certainly find 101 uses for your engagement photos. They are another way of adding your personality into your wedding day.

So now that you know about the importance of an engagement session, the next step is to choose your photographer, and here are the keys to making the most of your engagement session.

How to get the best engagement photos possible

Engagement photos are the perfect way to celebrate your upcoming wedding and make magical memories of a special time in your life. Taking stunning photos can help you create special keepsakes that you’ll cherish throughout the decades together! Now that we know that we are going to take the time and energy to book a session and show up to the shoot, let talk about how to make next level.

Choose a Stunning Location

When it comes to choosing a location for your engagement session, choosing a spot with pizzazz is key. We can take pictures in a parking lot and make them look nice, but when you choose a location with architecture or a stunning landscape, its going to elevate your images. There are tons of options: parks, beaches, gardens or vineyards. Think of which theme best fits you? Landmarks can make a statement or unique location that captures the essence of where you live. A stunning landscape helps to lead to stunning photographs! Just be sure to research the location beforehand so that you can plan accordingly.

Engagement couple at Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey  captured by photographer George Pompilio of Xclusive Events.

Don’t Forget The Hair and Makeup

Don’t forget hair and makeup. Let’s keep that hair frizz tamed and accentuate those facial features with a little makeup. Gentlemen, don’t forget to freshen up that beard, a little TLC goes a long way. Photo prep is extremely important for an engagement session. When you look your best, you feel your best, and that will be expressed in your engagement photos. Professional hair and makeup can help to make you glow in all of your photographs. Going that extra step and investing in professional hair and makeup artist is definitely the route to looking flawless for this special moment – I highly recommend it!

Dress for the Occasion

When choosing your engagement photo outfit or outfits, it’s important to coordinate instead of matching. Be sure to choose an outfit and colors that complement each other. A red flowing dress makes an impact, paired with a navy blue suit is a receipt for success. Sold dresses and suits add a bold look to photos. Typically, more formal attire will elevate your photos, but feel free to consider a less formal approach if that is the style that you are going for. Don’t forget to consider the location when choosing your outfits, so that they will complement your surroundings. By using these tips, you can choose an outfit to make yourself stand out and help to bring your engagement photos to the next level, while simultaneously emphasizing your location.

Choose the right Photographer

Choosing the perfect photographer for your engagement photos is a key decision. This is the person that will be responsible for bringing your photos to life. It’s important to find someone who can capture the moment and bring your vision to life. A professional photographer will be able to capture not only candid images that reflect the love you have for each other but also the connection you have as a couple. It is important that they will be able to guide you through the session and help you feel comfortable. A skilled photographer will understand lighting and posing to capture your best self. When choosing a photographer you’re going to have to decide which photography style do you like best. Make sure you take a look at that photographer’s portfolio to ensure that his or her style of photography is exactly what you are looking for.

Consider Artwork from your Engagement Photos

What better way to decorate your home than displaying photos from your engagement session. If you’re looking for a bright and vibrant art work, a beautiful, high quality acrylic print is a great option. Acrylic photos add a beautiful high gloss pop of color to your image. Acrylic prints bring a modern design with a sense of a vibrancy to your photo. A long-lasting color and a sleek look in your home will leave your guests in awe.

If vibrant and glossy is not the style that you are going for, you could always lean toward a more traditional canvas pint. Canvas prints typically have a matte finish. If your photographer specializes in fine art edits then this would be an option that would pair well together. You’ll have your very own Rembrandt.

Prints bring your photos to life in a way that digital copies cannot compare. These works of art will become family heirlooms that you can cherish for years to come. The images will serve as a sentimental reminder of those special times in your lives that can be passed down to future generations. Whether you choose acrylic artwork or canvas, displaying your engagement photos in your home is a way to cherish your memories together.

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