4 Tips to Get the Most Out Of Your Engagement Photos - Caitlyn + Nick
Engagement photos are one of the most important elements to planning your wedding. Not because your great aunt needs a save the date but because it's a trial run with your photographer. This is the perfect opportunity to get to know the person that you will be spending the most time with on your wedding day.
Wait- did you read correctly? You'll be spending the most time with WHO? Your photographer?! They will be with you through every part of this special day and most definitely set the tone. Do you want someone relaxed, perky, funny, serious, quiet, or a combination of those? Getting your engagement photos done with your wedding photographer is the trial run for your wedding. You all get to know each other. The photographer gets to know how you and your fiancé interact and you two get to learn how the photographer moves you in and out of poses. I cannot stress the importance of these photos enough!
If you are totally on board and want to learn how to get the most out of these photos, don't worry- I've got your back. I have included 4 tips that will help you make the most out of this time.
1. Tell your photographer what you want
No brainer, right? Tell your photographer what kind of location you want and what "vibe" you're hoping for! Hopefully you picked your photographer because you LOVE their style so you guys are already on the same page. But it never hurts to express what you are hoping for. Sometimes we, as photographers, don't really know what you want and need you to tell us! Don't be afraid to be open and candid about your expectations. Also be willing to get some feedback from the photographer. The location you want might not be the most perfect fit. But that's okay- this is a dialogue! Listen to their advice too.
2. Don't go TOO crazy with Pinterest
I totally get it, Pinterest is one of the best resources for researching your wedding. When you are researching be careful with your expectations. You are going to see A LOT of various photos from a lot of photographers. While it is super helpful to know what style you like, don't box your photographer in with crazy expectations. They are (most likely) not the photographer you have been pinning photos from and their images are going to look totally different. Don't go to your photographer with another shoot wanting the exact same thing. Definitely get some ideas but keep an open mind! Allow your photographer to create something totally unique and totally YOU!
3. Ask for advice on your wardrobe
As outlandish as it sounds, your wardrobe can make or break your photos. Depending on the time of year, location, and vibe of your engagement shoot you are going to want to be sure your wardrobe matches it. Be in communication with your photographer and ask their advice! I usually send a style guide to my clients and many photographers do the same thing. Don't be afraid to ask for one or send a photo of what you plan to wear beforehand. I personally love it when my clients take the time and effort to run an outfit by me.
4. Get to know your photographer
This one is the most important in my mind. As a photographer getting to know my clients is the most fun and rewarding part of my job. I do what I do for my couples! When I get to know my couples I can better capture their personality. Grab some coffee with your photographer to talk about the details from your big day. Be sure to spend some time asking about them and their lives! It is so great to connect on a personal level with someone. Like I've pointed out, you will be spending so much time with them on the day of your wedding. I think a strong connection and a baseline understanding of who they are and vice versa goes such a long way.
Now that you know how to get out there and totally slay your engagement photos, enjoy scrolling through one of my favorite couples. Caitlyn and Nick were the sweetest and made 120 degrees in Arizona look like nothing. It was so fun hanging out with them in Phoenix and we even found an amazing little plant shop, Pueblo Life, in the process.
Cheers to you and your engagement photos!