Engagement season is in full swing and I have had many questions over the years, from "What should I wear?" to "What do I bring?". I thought this would be the perfect time to writing something up that will answer some of the basic questions. The engagement session is quickly becoming my favorite type of session. It's a full hour of pure cuddle time with your special someone, what's not to love!
1. THE SEASON
Even though it seems like spring is the main time people like to schedule their engagement session, it can be done in any season. If you are an outdoorsy couple, you may prefer to do it in the warmer months. If you are a Netflix and Chill couple, you could schedule an indoor winter session at a comfy coffee shop or in your own home. I think there are pros and cons to every season. I will say this, in Northern Indiana, beware of bugs ALL summer. I like to schedule my engagement sessions in the morning to try to avoid them as much as possible.
2. THE LOCATION
I think this is the most frequently asked questions. Where do we take the photos? Answer, anywhere! I have had the most amazing shoots in people's backyards. I think we tend to overthink this one. I think the main decision is, indoors or outdoors. Here are some of my favorite locations:
- The Park (duh!)
This is one of the most common options, but for a good reason. Nature always looks different. I have had a million sessions at the local park in Plymouth and I am always amazed at how each session is unique. There is always a ton of space to explore and get creative.
- In your home
This is an image from a winter engagement session. We braved the cold for about 40 minutes and then ended the session in Casey's comfy home drinking coffee and building a puzzle. I have actually been dying to do another couples session inside a home. So if you are up for it, let me know!
- A local coffee shop
- The beach
Wherever you go, make it special. The session will mean so much more if you take the pictures at the spot where you had your first date or something like that. So stop and reminisce on that beautiful relationship of yours!
3. THE OUTFITS
My standard answer for this is one canal outfit and one dressy outfit. I like my couples to have a nice variety of images and this helps with that. I think the easiest way to do this section is a list of what not to do...
- Please to not feel like you need to match. To a certain extent, the colors that both of you were should compliment each other, but other than that, no matching jeans and white shirts haha.
- This is for the ladies. Do not forget the jewelry. A bracelet or statement necklace can really complete an outfit.
- Don't try to be someone you're not. If your guy has never worn a tie a day in his life, please don't make him wear one to the shoot. If you are not a dress person, don't wear a dress. Being comfortable and confident will look much better in photos than a dress or a tie ever will.
4. THE MAKEUP
I don't feel like I am the most qualified to talk about makeup, since I am #allnatural about 90% of the week, but there a just a few pointers that I like to make sure my future brides remember. This one's a biggie, the nails. During the session, we will definitely want your ring to be displayed a majority of the time and you don't want chipped nail polish. Paint those puppies or remove the polish completely. Also, always go a tiny bit heavier on the makeup than you would normal wear. It photographs better. There will be a lot of smooching going on during the session, so plan ahead and bring some lipstick to do some touch ups in between shots.
5. THE PROPS
Here are a few of the most common props that couple use during their session...
- A Blanket : It can be used to sit on, or to warm you up during those winter sessions!
- A Doggie (Okay, a dog really isn't a prop, I just think pets make a fabulous addition to any shoot!)