Engagement shoots can be intimidating for a couple - cameras in your face, posing, remembering to smile - it can all get a little overwhelming. Here are some of our top tips to help you prepare for your session.
Choose something you both enjoy
Instead of choosing to have your photo session in a studio, rather go do something you both enjoy. Whether it’s mini-golf, a picnic on the beach, or a forest hike, choosing something you enjoy doing together will help you feel more comfortable and relaxed and will end up giving you better photos.
Try out your hair/makeup artist
Meeting all the suppliers for your wedding day and trying out their services beforehand is a great way to give you peace of mind that everyone is capable of doing what they said they can. Your engagement shoot is a great time to meet and try out your selected hair and makeup artist(s). Having your makeup done professionally can also help boost your confidence during the engagement shoot, which will only help with the end result.
Wear something you feel comfortable in
With your closet door open and all the clothing options in front of you it’s easy to get overwhelmed. The last thing you should do is wear something that makes you feel even the slightest bit self-conscious or uncomfortable, or something that you need to constantly adjust. Wear something that you feel comfortable and confident in, and it will show in the photos.
Remember the weather
While it’s important to dress in what you feel comfortable in (like we discussed above), it’s also important to take the weather into account. For those with long hair, if you’re going to be outside and it’s looking windy remember to bring something to tie up your hair or keep it out of your (and your partner’s) face.
A good rule we’ve learned in Cape Town is that it doesn’t matter how warm it looks outside, always bring a jacket. The jacket might even make a nice prop during the photoshoot, but if you do end up not needing it you can always leave it in your car (or ask your helpful photographer to hang on to it).
Bring your pet
Another great way to relax and get out of your head during your engagement shoot is to bring along your pet (if the activity and venue allow for it of course). Having your playful puppy along for your engagement shoot, for instance, will distract your attention from the photographers snapping away and will result in unique and authentic photos that will make you smile for years to come.
The best way to relax is to just be yourself. Enjoy spending time with your partner and enjoy the activity you’re doing. Before you know it, you’ll have forgotten about the photographers, and we’ll be getting the best photos!