So you finally got engaged, found a photographer that you like, and scheduled your engagement shoot, now what? If you and your significant other are not familiar being in front of the camera taking engagement photos can be exciting and scary. No need to worry though, I’ve got 4 tips to help you conquer those engagement photos and look like a rockstar!
Normally, I’m the one behind the camera, but I recently proposed to my now fiance and we had to take engagement photos. I’ve taken couples photos of us before, but this time I wanted the real deal experience and for that, I brought in my friends from Three Twenty Studio. Dylan and Danielle did a wonderful job on our engagement photos. We love them, and I just wanted to document a few things that I learned in the process as someone who was on the other side of the camera.
Speak with Your Photographer Beforehand
It is so important to be open with your photographer and speak with them before your engagement session. Let them know of any fears or insecurities you have. Let them know that you don’t think you photograph well. Just be really open with them. Most photographers will work with you to make sure you look your best and feel as comfortable as possible.
Dylan and Danielle are our friends so speaking to them was really natural for me. We had to change a few things from our initial plan, but it all worked out. My fiance, Errin, doesn’t really like having her photo taken and Dylan and Danielle did a wonderful job of assuring her that everything was going to be beautiful and perfect.
You’ve probably never been engaged before so this whole being photographed thing might be new. However, your friends have been engaged and you absolutely love their photos, or maybe you’re a pinterest junkie and you’ve seen all those super romantic photos. Take screenshots, save them, print them, however you save them, do that and show your photographer. Most photographers will have a plan, but if they want to make you happy, they will allow you to share your ideas and input. After all, the photos are of YOU. If you have ideas, don’t be afraid to share them.
As a photographer myself, of course I had ideas, but I only brought a few to the table. I trusted that Three Twenty Studio had a plan and a list of ideas ready to rock and roll. They did not disappoint. Errin also brought some ideas. During the shoot, we didn’t really run out of pose or position ideas. We just went through everyone’s list until the shoot was done.
Communicate with your Photographer
Maybe you’re not so shy and you have plenty of ideas. If you want the best engagement photos you possibly can get, you should still communicate with your photographer. They know their limits. They know what’s achievable and what’s not. They also know how the photos are going to turn out and if they can’t make a shot work, it won’t work. On the other hand, if you’re nervous or skeptical, they are the professional. Your photographer knows how to pose and position you to make you look your best. Just make sure you’re communicating to them how you feel about things and be willing to compromise.
Like I mentioned earlier, Dylan and Danielle are good friends of ours so communications wasn’t really an issue. Also being a photographer, I know what’s possible to get in the allotted time. I know what kind of shots will look good, and I know and trusted Dylan and Danielle to work some magic to make us look magical.
Be willing to try something different
Sometimes, your photographer may want to try something different. They may want to switch up the game plan or your position or your scene. Most of the time, they’re doing it because they have a vision of the end result. It’s also usually fun or the outcome looks amazing. Don’t be afraid to try something different in the moment. It just might become one of your favorites.
A small secret to these photos is it was storming before and even in the beginning of this shoot. Three Twenty Studio was prepared to try something different by shooting in the rain and Errin and I were up for the challenge. We certainly didn’t plan to shoot in the rain, but sometimes you just have to roll with the punches. Dylan and Danielle brought umbrellas and protective gear for their cameras and we tried it. The best part is, we love those photos! They’re different and creative, and the sky looks amazing! It’s all thanks to being willing to try something different.
They say it’s hard to relate to someone until you’re in their shoes. Well if you’re engaged, then I’m right there with you. I know that having your photo taken can be scary or make you anxious, but as long as you communicate and show up with an open mind, I’m sure things will turn out just fine. I had never had someone else take photos of Errin and me, but I feel like those four tips really helped us rock that engagement session.