This summer, we had the absolute pleasure of shooting engagement sessions for some beautiful couples.
Engagement sessions are included in most of our packages, and there are a couple major reasons for this.
1. It's a great opportunity for the couple and the photographers to get to know each other. Photographers follow the bride and groom through the better part of the wedding day. We're there for some intimate, touching and highly emotional moments. Having an opportunity to get to know each other a bit better before the big day is a great way to get the couple to feel a bit more comfortable in front of the lens and for us to get to find out about the couple's tastes and style to make sure things go smoothly on the wedding day.
2. It's a great opportunity for the couple to get a set of beautiful photos in a bit more of a relaxed, informal setting. These photos can not only be beautiful additions to your home's walls, but can be used on your save-the-date cards or in your wedding day guest book.
So... as a couple, how do you prepare? What should you expect and what should you wear?
Here are a few tips:
1- Choose outfits that fit your style
This seems like a no-brainer but I can affirm without hesitation that I would be more than tempted to hire a stylist and replace my entire wardrobe if I was headed to a photoshoot. We suggest, however, that you pick outfits that resemble you, that match your clothing style but also your lifestyle.These photos are going to last for decades to come and while fashion will change, people generally stay true to their style.
2- A casual look and a more dressy look
We offer one outfit change as part of our engagement sessions. We recommend that the couple use this opportunity to choose a casual look and a more formal look. Going for two distinct looks really does add a nice variety to the photo set and extends the possible uses for the photos afterwards.
3- Light, bright colors
Our engagement shoots are shot outdoors, using the sun as the main light source. Bright and light colours come out best in this type of light. Choose pastels, whites, golds, and avoid black!
4- Step it up just a touch
Even when choosing a more casual look, it’s important to fancy it up just a notch. On camera, the outfit can sometimes appear more casual than it may feel in real life. This is why we suggest that even in the casual look, accessories like nice earrings, a necklace or watches be used to complete the outfit.
5- Elements and objects help personalize the shoot
A great way to personalize engagement photos is to bring along elements that help tell the story of your relationship together. This could be objects from trips you’ve taken, or hobbies and interests you share. If you have ideas for props or a theme, don’t hesitate to mention it as these are the touches that really help make the shoot unique.
6 - Hair, make-up and nails
Having your hair and make-up professionally done really helps achieve a beautiful polished look for the ladies. I tend to think as well that this not only helps to look beautiful but actually (and more importantly) *feel* more beautiful and that always comes out in the photos. If you have a hair or make-up trial for the wedding, this might be a great opportunity for this. Also, we do photograph the ring, so keep in mind your hands and nails will be in photos!
FrédéricM Photographie - Montréal engagement photography