Warm weather is approaching, which can only mean on thing! More shoots!!! That includes all my new lovely #brookemichellebrides and grooms engagement sessions!
In my opinion, engagement sessions are crucial! It is such an important part of the wedding planning experience. It helps me get to know you two as a couple better. It also helps me learn what is your "good side" or what you do and do not like when it comes to being directed in front of the camera! I want to know what makes you feel insecure and what makes you feel beautiful! That way when it comes time for your wedding, I already know all of these key details to get the best shots possible!
With that being said, I think a lot of times couples don't get the full advantage from their engagement session! I want to point out a few key things to help your engagement session mean more to you, or to help you love those casual pictures 10x more!
Professional Hair & Make-Up
While engagement sessions are the perfect time to bond with your photographer, it can also be the perfect time to bond with other vendors too! Professional hair & make-up can make a world of difference in photos. You could take advantage of your hair and make-up trial for the wedding and schedule it the same day as your engagements! OR even go out of your way to book an additional appointment for your photos!
BONUS: If you are a floral freak like me, ask your florist to join in on the fun! Rock an amazing floral crown or simply just carry a bunch of cascading florals for an outfit!
Put time into the outfits!
This is so crucial! Whenever clients ask me what I think they should wear I always suggest something comfortable and YOU! I am obviously a huge believer in being yourself so I think that should be the first thing to look for when picking out outfits! Comfort comes next. By comfortable, I mean a few things! You should feel beautiful, meaning if you have any insecurities or feel you can't move around in an outfit then it isn't right! I want each and everyone of you to feel beautiful (or handsome) during your engagement session and if you are worried about how your clothes are fitting, then it will show in your images! I want you to be able to have fun, laugh with your love and in the end love the experience and the images!
I also put together an Engagement Style Board to offer suggestions and show what outfits look great paired together! Sometimes it can be super easy to plan your outfit, but then what will he wear to "match?" This board is a visual of all my favorites and must shoot outfit pairings!
Add Sentimental Pieces
A lot of times I try and convince couples to do this with locations or items! Where was the place you had your first date? Or the place you first said I love you? Maybe, we could even shoot inside your home that you two share together like that adorable valentines lifestyle session or Taylor & JJ's session! Were you gifted a bottle of champagne when you got engaged? What do you two do to spend time together?
These are all questions you can ask yourself to get the wheels turning and get creative with your session! Brittany & Chris (as shown in this post) chose to shoot where they will exchange vows this May! How cute!
Make it a date night
Now that you are all dressed up, the pictures are over and the sun is set, what now? Make it a date night! This is the perfect moment to celebrate each other and enjoy an evening to yourselves. Even if it's just to grab ice cream after, you deserve it!
I think this is the most important one of them all! I think in a world where our lives are plastered all over social media that it can be hard to remember this! We see this couples perfect engagement and that couples awesome style, but the truth is, you are not them!
One of my brides for this fall, Taylor, began planning her engagement session with me. I admired her most, and knew she was my kind of bride, when halfway through planning she scratched everything and said "this just isn't us!" They switched up what was the Pinterest perfect engagement for an at home cozy, Lazy Day of Love shoot! Taylor & JJ spend most of their time in their little cottage and took the time to realize that this was way more meaningful to them for their engagement session!