The Engagement Session may be the first time you have ever had professional images taken as a couple! This is an exciting time and leading up to the session can seem daunting. What do we wear!? Where should we shoot!? What if I don’t like them!? These and many more questions are probably floating around in your mind, well let us give you a few tips that can help eleviate some of the stress that goes into this session.
1.Choose a location that fits your style
The location of the engagement session is up to you! While we do have some spots that we know to work well, we want to encourage you as a couple to come up with a location that fits the style of session you are going for. For instance, if I suggest downtown Austin, but you two are more nature people than you may want to choose a location that is more natural than urban. Many of our couples want to showcase the natural beauty of Texas to give their out of town guests a fun preview of what to expect when they are here, others want to showcase the unique City that is Austin. Choosing a location that has meaning to you will only enhance the special nature of this session.
2. Sunrise or Sunset
3. Styling Your Session
Every couple is unique and the way you style your session will represent who you are as a couple. Want a more editorial look? Bring a little extra something with you! A fresh picked bouquet for you to hold, a flower for your hair or maybe even a little picnic is a fun way to spice up your session!
4. Dress It Up
5. One Or Two? It’s Up To You!
6. Coordinate The Looks
7. Flatter Your Features
8. Prep Your Man
In general most men aren’t too excited for this session, taking photos for two hours doesn’t sound like their idea of a great time. This is because they don’t have the expectation of what’s to come and why it’s important to you. This is one of the main reasons we like to meet at a bar or restaurant before the shoot, to talk with everyone and calm nerves or create excitement. Tell him why you chose us and show him some sessions we have done. Explain why you love them and express to him how much it means to you. Trust us, he’ll light up the camera for you! The most common thing we hear from guys before a session is this “I don’t like taking photos an don’t think I will be any good at it.” By the time we are done they can’t believe how fast and fun it was!
9. Styling Your Man
10. Make A Date Out Of It
Your already dressed up and just finished a very emotional session, why not take advantage of it! We know the planning process can feel all consuming, so take some time after the session for just the two of you and relax. Schedule a nice dinner, maybe a movie or something else you two like to do together and remember why you are doing this entire thing in the first place. There is a huge difference between a marriage and wedding, make sure you keep watering that plant.
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