5 Tips for a Fun and Memorable Engagement Session

Guys, have I told you lately how much I love engagement sessions? You might be tired of hearing it by now, but I really, really do, and here are a few reasons why:

First, engagement sessions give you an opportunity to get to know and trust your photographer. I get to see how you interact as a couple, and you’ll get to see how I coach you to be comfortable in front of the camera.

Plus, the time between your engagement and your wedding is such a special time for you as a couple! I’ve had some couples tell me they treasure their engagement photos just as much as their wedding album.

If you are recently engaged, here are a few tips for making sure you get the most out of your engagement session — and have the most fun!

1. Choose a location that means something to you, so the photos are a reflection of who you really are as a couple. Think about activities you enjoy doing together and places you like to go. This couple chose Allegro Coffee because he proposed to her in a coffee shop!

2. Bonus points for bringing meaningful props. In this case, the lattes were pretty awesome — but I especially loved that they brought the actual book he used to propose, complete with a handmade cutout in the center where he tied the ring. (Guys, if you’re looking for a cool proposal idea and you both love books, you’re welcome.)

3. I recommend two outfits, one more dressy and one more casual. (Seriously, can you get enough of this tulle skirt??) We can also move to a second location once you change, so you’ll have more variety in your shots. For this session, we walked to a nearby graffiti wall and drove a few blocks to a park.

4. An engagement session is a great day to have your makeup done! Consider it a test run for your wedding day, so you can see how professional makeup looks in photographs. That gives you time to decide whether you want to change anything later.

5. Make it a date night! Since you’re all dressed up up and looking amazing, plan a dinner date somewhere fun you haven’t been before and enjoy your time together!

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  • Sarah Goff - July 14, 2016 - 10:41 am

    I love this session and article! Great tips and amazing photos.ReplyCancel

    • admin - July 14, 2016 - 8:29 pm

      Aw, thanks, Sarah! They are one of my favorite couples. Although I think I say that about all of my couples. ;)ReplyCancel

  • Justyna - July 14, 2016 - 10:55 am

    Great tips!!! And this coupkes story!!! Beautiful!!!ReplyCancel

    • admin - July 14, 2016 - 8:29 pm

      Thank you so much, Justyne! They do have the sweetest story. :)ReplyCancel

  • Julie - July 14, 2016 - 11:11 am

    Love how well you prep your clients! The results are perfection!ReplyCancel

    • admin - July 14, 2016 - 8:28 pm

      Thank you, Julie! I think all of the communication ahead of time helps set the tone for an amazing session!ReplyCancel

  • AJ - July 14, 2016 - 11:12 am

    You did such a wonderful job! I feel like I understand this couple and their love for one another just from the story you were able to tell through these images! Gorgeous work!ReplyCancel

    • admin - July 14, 2016 - 8:27 pm

      Avery, thank you for the compliments!! They truly are so sweet together!ReplyCancel

  • Jennie - July 14, 2016 - 4:10 pm

    Great tips! And their outfits are perfect :)ReplyCancel

    • admin - July 14, 2016 - 8:27 pm

      Jennie, you are the sweetest! Thank you so much!ReplyCancel

  • Haley - July 14, 2016 - 8:20 pm

    Michele – I can’t believe you got so many great & different coffee shop photos out of that one location! And yes, her tulle skirt is to die for – lovely work!!!ReplyCancel

    • admin - July 14, 2016 - 8:26 pm

      Thank you so much, Haley!! It means so much coming from you!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Christin Kreml - July 14, 2016 - 11:01 pm

    These are so cute!! Love the coffee shop ones the best. AND can we talk about that skirt?!?ReplyCancel

    • admin - July 16, 2016 - 12:24 am

      Thank you, Christin! And oh my goodness, yes! That skirt is everything!!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Tipton - July 15, 2016 - 1:33 pm

    Great post! I love the shoe shot in particular!ReplyCancel

    • admin - July 16, 2016 - 12:23 am

      Aw, thanks, Amanda! That’s one of my faves too! :)ReplyCancel

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