~Have the photographer that will be shooting your wedding also shoot your engagement session. Photographers may include an engagement sessions in their photography packages or offer discounted rates. This will also allow you and your partner to get comfortable in front of the camera, and create chemistry with your photographer for your wedding day.
~Choose a place that is significant to your relationship and is cohesive to your wedding. This is especially important if you will be using your engagement session photographs for your save the date card. The save the date card is the first piece of information your guests will receive and will set the tone for your entire wedding. If you are getting married on the beach, maybe re-think your desert city site for engagement photos.
~ Hire a professional for hair and makeup. If you look as beautiful as you feel on the inside that will translate into your photographs. It will not only boost your confidence, but give your photographs a polished touch. Yes, grooms as well! A little makeup never hurt a man to cover a blemish or even out skin tone.
~ Bring multiple outfits. This will add an element of variety to your engagement photographs. You may bring your favorite dress, but when you see it in a photograph, your little black dress may set the mood a bit better. Also, don’t be afraid to ask your photographer what type of clothing will photograph best in your engagement setting. They have seen it all! Photographers will often recommend you to stay away from busy prints and super bright colors.
~Bring props. If the two of you met while his band was playing, be sure to have your groom bring his guitar to the engagement session. This may also be a great time to bring a thank you sign along. Your actual wedding day may be a little chaotic, this will make sure that you have a great photograph for your thank you cards.
~Have fun with it, and pretend like nobody is watching! The two of you fell in love due to your natural chemistry for one another, and that will shine through in photographs. Trust me, the camera can tell if your uncomfortable or forcing a smile!
In Conclusion, come prepared, make it your own, and don’t be afraid to have fun and be flirty!

Let Love Sparkle,

Erica

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