I have soooo many things I could say about engagement photos! But to keep it brief today, I will share my biggest tip for beautiful engagement photos.
SET YOUR EXPECTATIONS.
With yourself and with your partner.
I think it’s extremely important for you to set realistic expectations, put in the effort and have fun. What do I mean by this?
1. Set expectations with yourself and your partner about why you are doing this, and what your vision is. Are these for greeting cards? New cell phone backgrounds? New prints for your wall? And how do you want these photos to look? Is there a particular colour theme? What outfits will you be wearing? Will you be getting your hair, makeup, nails, etc, done? What is important to you about professional photography? Whatever your answers to these questions are, it’s important that your partner, you and your photographer are on the same page.
2. PDA Expectations. OK. So I guess I’ve always been a pretty PDA person (😳) but I get that not everyone is. And photographers generally will be give different prompts and actions to help you relax and get into it more. But also let them know if there’s some big no-no’s that you’d like to avoid (like kissing in front of the camera). Photographers can work with that and would never want you to be uncomfortable! Also understand if your partner may not be comfortable with as much/as little PDA as you are.
3. Expectations about posing. I think that we are often our worst critic. You may see these beautiful, emotionally raw photos on a photographer’s page and think “Wow! That’s a stunning shot!”. However, if it was your face in the exact same frame, you might think “I laugh too hard” or “I cry ugly”. Just let go. Let go of the fact that there’s someone there with a camera. Let go trying to follow poses perfectly, because the poses are supposed to help you relax and have fun, and focus on your significant other. Let go of these criticisms of your smile being too much, there’s wrinkles, there’s pimples, etc. Society judges us enough. Stop being your worst critic, and appreciate the authentic moments and photos you’ll have from a session.
I will be sharing more engagement photo and wedding photography timeline tips in future blog posts!