Tip 1: Schedule an appointment to have your hair cut and/or colored a week or two prior to your session. Guys should get a fresh cut and beard trim.
Tip 2: Treat yourself to a manicure the day before your shoot. Good looking nails matter!
Tip 3: Consider getting your ring polished.
Tip 4: Engagement sessions are the perfect time for your hair & makeup trial! Just in case give yourself a couple of hours buffer when scheduling your appointment to avoid running late.
Tip 5: Bring water in case you get parched.
Tip 6: Bring mints for all the kissing you’ll be doing.
Tip: 7: Eat a light but filling meal beforehand. We’ll be doing a lot of running around, laughing, walking, talking, etc. and I don’t want you getting hangry.
Tip 8: You are making an investment to have professional photos taken, you should look your best!
Tip 9: Your outfits should complement each other, but leave the matchy-matchy outfits at home. Instead, coordinate more subtly by wearing varying hues and shades of the same color. Color coordination brings a balanced, easy feel to your photos. Bonus: it will be even easier to find light that flatters you both if you’re dressing in the same color family. See HERE for some great ideas to get you started.
Tip 10: Your outfit will have a HUGE impact on your photos so make sure they are flattering to your figure. Looking and feeling your best really does matter and goes hand-and-hand with taking great photos.
Tip 11: Choose colors and patterns that won’t visually fight with your surroundings. Stick to light colors and neutral shades for the base of your outfits. Think blush, cream, soft blues, minty greens and light gray. Pastel colors photograph beautifully, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t add in a pop of color! (But you probably will regret wearing bright yellow head-to-toe).
Tip 12: The color black and darker colors tend to not photograph as well, especially if they’re faded. Darker colors (especially black) tend to show lint and/or pet hair. If you insist on wearing black bring a lint roller just in case.
Tip 13: Consider bringing a change of shoes if you don’t feel like you will be able to wear fancy shoes for the whole shoot. I recommend wearing wedges or ankle boots. Not only do they look great but they are typically more comfortable then heels and they are suitable for most shooting locations.
Tip 14: On the day of your photo shoot, you should both look like you’re headed to the same place. The easiest way to do this is to wear outfits that match in levels of dressiness or casualness. Guys, if you’re wearing a suit and tie and ladies, you’re wearing a t-shirt and jeans, it will stand out and not in a good way.
Tip 15: For engagement sessions, I always suggest bringing two outfits. This will give you a nice variety in your photos.
Tip 16: If you’re debating between outfits, just bring your extra choices with you. We can take a look at everything prior to getting started and make decisions together. We’ll consider light, location, temperature, and comfort level to help decide. Sometimes the option that you left at home could be exactly what would have worked perfectly.
Tip 17: Dress smart and consider the setting of where we’re shooting. Your goal is to match the mood of the location and compliment the setting. For instance, if we’re shooting at the beach, think beachy, if we’re shooting at a garden, think spring colors!
Tip 18: Bring a small makeup kit and hair brush for touch ups.
Tip 19: Don’t think of this as a photo shoot – think of it as a date.
Tip 20: First and foremost, relax and have fun. If you are really having trouble shaking your nerves – have a glass of wine before your shoot. Yes, really!
Tip 21: Flirt with each other. Flirt with the camera. Even if it feels silly in the moment, at the very least it will give you something to focus on.
Tip 22: You should always be touching each other when shooting, for instance holding hands, holding each other, kissing, hands on the cheek kissing, hugging, tickling, dancing, etc.
Tip 23: Talk sweetly and make corny jokes. Be silly, be sweet, be yourselves and let’s have a blast!!! These moments are helpful and are exactly what you should be doing.
Tip 24: Start prepping for your session a month or two prior to your session, don’t wait till the last minute!
Tip 25: Be on time! I have worked diligently to schedule your session at a time the light is most optimal, ideal, and flattering. I typically schedule sessions two hours prior to sunset and once the sun has gone down, your session will be done no matter what. Being late is unacceptable. Map the distance prior to your session and give yourself ample time just in case you run into traffic.
Tip 26: Consider brightening your smile about two weeks prior to your session.
Tip 27: Ladies, make sure your bra straps don’t show with your outfits.
Tip 28: Sun burns and tan lines – if your shoot is booked for Saturday, don’t go to the beach/pool on Friday. If you plan to tan before your shoot, do so at least a week beforehand and don’t get burned. Be mindful of clothing tan lines, sunglass tan lines, hat tan lines, peeling, etc. Also, if you’re going to get a spray tan, go light! Spray tans make you look orange on camera and steer clear of self-tanners. Trust me!
Tip 29: Iron your outfits and lay everything out the night before including shoes, accessories, makeup kit, snacks, etc.
Tip 30: If you plan on bringing your fur babies make sure you tell me so I can gather posing ideas. Also, bring treats to bribe them, bring bags to clean up their poop, make sure your pups have clean/cute leashes that compliment your outfits, have someone tag along to take your fur babies away when done- we won’t shoot with them the entire time.