We always get a lot of questions from couples regarding what they should expect on their engagement session. This post is meant for anyone getting ready for an engagement session, whether with us or another photographer! This is just plain old great advice!
First off, don’t be nervous! Engagement sessions are totally fun, relaxed and easy going. If one of you is nervous (often guys get more nervous about it), just let him know that there will be lots of kissing, and his main job is just to adore you, so there’s nothing to be nervous about! Plus you should really just think of it as a mini-date. I mean, c’mon, how often do you really get to go for romantic walks on the beach, strolling along, hand in hand? Or just on a park bench giggling? I’m betting the answer is, “not as often as you’d like!” So just relax, have fun and be with each other. Do that one thing and your images will turn out great (as long as you have a professional behind the camera!)
A great way to get loosened up is to enjoy a glass of wine or champagne to celebrate the session and help transition from work mode to fun/relationship mode. If it helps you feel more relaxed, go for it! Just don’t overdo it.
Another big way to really make the most of your session is to play up your relationship for the camera. At first you might feel a little nervous and shy, which is very typical. In fact, we usually don’t get many great photos during the first 20 minutes or so, as the couple gets warmed up to the camera. So don’t worry if you feel nervous at first, but do try to have fun and relax. The idea is to capture the real relationship between the two of you, and the best way to do that is to act naturally with each other, but in a way that reflects your relationship. If you are typically goofy with each other, then ham it up for the camera. If the two of you tend to be more intimate, go ahead and snuggle up, hold hands, embrace, look into each other’s eyes. If you are very romantic and tend to be more on the sensual side, then don’t be afraid to show it!
Since you are going to be dressed up for professional pictures, why not ask your photographer to take a couple of head shots for each of you? You never know when you are going to need a nice head shot for work, Facebook or whatever. It only takes a minute, so take advantage of the opportunity!
Since you’ll already be all dressed up and “in the mood” why not plan to make it a date night after the session is over? Just an idea! Be sure to arrive a few minutes early and allow for parking, etc. If you are late to the session, that is going to cause extra stress and eat into your session time, so plan ahead and don’t be late!