January 13, 2021
1) Choose a photographer that you completely vibe with
Honestly this might be the most important tip in your whole wedding planning process. It carries over into your vendors. You should be working with people who you get a long with and are comfortable with througout your whole wedding planning process and even more with your photographer. Your photographer is with you pretty much throughout the day of the wedding and you shouldn’t feel awkard. Your photographer is important in the aspect of getting great pictures because it is our job to make you feel comfortable.
2) Choose a location YOU love
In my conversations with my couples, I love to explain the importance of making their engagement session true to them. It has happened where couples will completely base their session off Pinterest Boards but forget the reality of the situation. For example, we do not live near the beautiful hills of California. When you choose a location that you love, you are comfortable. Why would I bring my couples to the mountains if they aren’t outdoorsy and would be irritated with mosquitos? Or equally why would I bring a couple down to NYC if they aren’t into the urban aesthetic. It is my job to make ANY location work so I encourage my couples to not get held up on a certain backdrop and more on what the location means to them.
3) Consider professional hair & makeup for your session
I like to make mention to my brides that engagement sessions are the perfect opportunity to do your trial run with hair and makeup. That way you are looking your absolute best on the day!
4) Dress comfortably
And while we are on the topic of hair and makeup, it is best to dress comfortably the day of your session. If you are purchasing new outfits for the session, try them on beforehand. Move around in it. Also be sure to dress accordingly for the session.
5) Schedule your session around the sun
I love photographing around golden hour (aka the time of day just before the sun sets). It literally is the best time of day. I know early afternoon sounds like a great time to photograph in but you have to keep in mind that the light is extremely harsh at that time of the day. I’m also down for sunrise sessions if you are a morning person.
6) Arrive on time
While we are on discussion of sun, it is best to arrive to your engagement session on time. I noted above how golden hour is the most preferred time of day to photograh your engagement session, so arriving even just 10 mins late can make a big difference with the amount of available light.
7) Trust your photographer
I started this post with finding a photographer and I’ll end with trusting him/her. You chose your photographer after phone conversations and stalking their website and social medias, so you know what they can produce. Trust that wholeheartedly.
For my couples, I say to you that it is ok to be nervous at the start of it. I even get nervous before having my picture taken but by the end of our time together we’ll be laughing and having fun!
Are you recently engaged? Are you looking for a photographer? I’d love to be considered for your big day. I’m also happy to share some full galleries of engagement sessions to check out! Let’s be friends.
The above photos were taken at Dumbo Park in Brooklyn, NY. Want to see behind the scenes of this session?? Visit my IG page and check out my reelz.