Wows Before the Vows

You guys, I love a good engagement session. I truly believe engagement sessions are super important. Not just for me to get used to how you move with each other, but for you two to feel comfortable with me throwing out directions and  pretty much being in your face a whole heck of a lot. The first two poses are notoriously awkward for everyone involved. I totally love that awkwardness because I think it’s a necessary step on the path to being super comfortable with one another. However, I much prefer to do it at the engagement session and not that the wedding where nerves are already in full swing!

So, we’ve booked the engagement session. Now what? Here are a few tips to get prepared to be SUPER awkward with me for the first time!

  1. Your engagement session should represent you as a couple! Choose a location that is important to you or to your relationship. It is not uncommon for sessions to stop in at a coffee shop or a diner. Not every photo has to be at the park. I’ve had couples do photos on the bike path because they use it together every single day. If there isn’t a particular spot you can think of, I would be happy to suggest many great locations!
  2. For an outdoor session, timing is important. Chances are we’ve already talked about golden hour if the session is booked, but I wanted to take a second to reiterate why it’s the best time for a session. Golden hour is generally one hour before the sunsets. Sunlight is not directly overhead (so we don’t have to worry about shadows giving you raccoon eyes!), but still gives off plenty of natural light for soft photos. Plus, the sunlight is gold – which is gorgeous. I always say it’s like butter. I don’t know why. I just love it!
  3. The biggest question ever – what do we wear? I don’t think it’s a big secret that I have never been much into fashion, but even I know to do research on style and color combinations before heading to have my photo taken. This is generally where I love to utilize Pinterest. I have a board (under Holly Johns Photography) called Feel Like a Pro. There are a few good pins regarding engagement wear including this one here.
  4. Lastly, there are the option of props. If you know anything about my style, I typically don’t do many of the kitschy Pinterest photos. It’s just not my thing. But I do like dogs and blankets and possible a sign or two. Really, if it represents you (and isn’t me photoshopping a T-Rex into your photo), I am down! Bring it on!

P.S. What would an engagement themed blog be without some of my stunning engaged couples? See the extra loveliness below.


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