As mentioned in our previous blog post, an engagement photography session is a great way to prepare for your wedding photography! To summarize, an engagement photography session gives you the opportunity to get to know your photographer and increases you comfort in front of the camera. It also gives you the opportunity to use the engagement session as a hair and make-up trial. Finally it gives you an opportunity to create images which personify your love and which you may share with your friends and family.
At Grayson Lee Photography, each of our engagement couples receive a complimentary signature portrait, which is a gorgeous 18” x 24” matted print of an image which our couples select from their engagement photography session. This is a treasured keepsake which is presented at the wedding reception for the guests to sign and makes for a great memento of your wedding.
The three key elements to creating an enchanted engagement session revolve around: 1) choosing the perfect location, 2) selecting a time of day, and 3) deciding on what to wear. If you give some thought to these creative elements when planning your engagement shoot, you can look forward to a successful and satisfying engagement session which will provide you with many fond memories in the years to come!
Considerations for Choosing the Perfect Location
Seek out places that match your taste in aesthetics and have a variety of backgrounds available for use. If you prefer an urban look, brainstorm local places with cool walls, brick surfaces, or artistic buildings that make for a dramatic backdrop. If you are a nature lover, or perhaps a dog owner, try to find places with trails, trees, or open fields/areas. If you wish to incorporate your beloved pet into your engagement shoot, pick a dog-friendly location that isn’t heavy in dog traffic.
Consider taking your engagement photos in a place that has significant meaning to your love story. Outside the venue where you had your first date or meeting perhaps? Near the park where you shared your fist kiss? You can even revisit the place where you got engaged to stir up those sentimental feelings. Being in an environment which has sentimentality to you as a couple will certainly give your engagement session an added dimension of affection and meaning.
Make sure to find a place where you feel comfortable to shoot your engagement photos, especially if you are camera shy. The degree to which you are comfortable during your engagement session will reflect in your photos. If you are in a strange environment or somewhere with curious onlookers, you might have difficulty flashing the camera your best smile with everyone looking at you. Consider one of your favorite hangout spots as a couple, your friend’s gorgeous garden, or any place that makes you feel like you’re in your element.
Your selection of engagement session location should reflect your interests as a couple! If you both like the outdoors, find a natural park where you can take your photos. Have a love of art? Take your photos near your favorite museum. If you have a relaxed personality, head to the beach. If you enjoy picnics, why not have a picnic-themed shoot? There are many options available to you, so pick the one that best suits you as a couple!
Keep the above tips in mind and you will be sure to pick a great location for your engagement photography session! Please join us next week for the third article in our series about engagement photography, Selecting a Time of Day for your session.