We’ve already discussed why everyone needs to have an engagement shoot. But if you’re panicking because your engagement shoot’s coming up and you don’t know what to do, don’t worry. We’ve got your back. We know engagement shoots can be tricky. What do you even wear? Where should you have your shoot? And the trickiest of them all, how should you pose? These questions and more are probably running through your head. But take a minute and breathe, girl. It’s alright. Relax, take a few more breaths, and read on for some tips for your engagement shoot.
Let’s start with the basics… your photographer. When choosing your photographer for your shoot, look at the photographer’s previous works. Do you like it? Of course you’re not going to go for someone whose work you don’t like! But it’s more than just skimming through the photographer’s work. Check the photographer’s style, eye, and aesthetic. Does it match you and your partner’s? You can also schedule an interview with your photographer before hand to discuss what you like and don’t like. And don’t be afraid to ask your photographer for suggestions too!
I have to find a beautiful place… right? Before Googling “Nice places to have an engagement shoot,” figure out what sort of couple you and your fiancé are. Are you beach fans? Are you both adventure lovers? Or are you the type of people who would prefer to stay at home? Remember: pretty isn’t always a good thing. What if you think the mountains are pretty but you hate the outdoors? (You don’t want to suffer!) So, figure out what you like, and start from there.
What do I even wear??? What to wear, what to wear… If you’re worrying about what to wear, here are a few simple tips. Make sure your outfits don’t clash (e.g. if you plan to wear something red and your fiancé wears something orange, it might not be pretty on the eyes). But having matching outfits isn’t a necessity. You can go with solid and neutral colors like gray and blue, pink and white, etc. Also, keep your jewelry simple–wearing all your bling will cause a lot of glare that isn’t very picture-friendly. But if you’re really at a loss for what to wear, you can get a wardrobe stylist to help you out. (That way, you don’t have to stress so much!)
Oh no, the camera doesn’t like me! If you’re worried about being awkward in front of the camera, don’t worry! That’s a normal thing to be worried about. Us normal people aren’t models, we have our insecurities and anxieties too! But here’s a tip that you can never go wrong with: Try to be as natural as possible. Be you and nobody else. Don’t try to copy a certain pose if you’re uncomfortable with it; chances are it’ll look weird, or worse, like you’re in pain. Also, photographers don’t expect you to know how to pose, and we’re sure they’ll be more than willing to help you out.
Don’t over think it. If you’re getting way too stressed about your engagement shoot, then you know it’s time to take a step back and remember to breathe. Try not to put too much pressure on yourselves. We’re sure you’ll be fine.
Be yourselves. No one is expecting you to be anyone but yourselves. So don’t get too carried away trying to be too unique or following a specific peg. You will be unique just by being yourselves–promise!
And lastly, have fun (please)! You don’t want to look back at your engagement shoot and remember the stress and the hassle you went through. It’s a time you and your fiancé will have to yourselves–you might as well enjoy it, right? Plus, if you’re having fun, it’ll definitely show in the pictures too!
So, are you ready for your engagement shoot? We’re cheering for you on the sidelines! Good luck!