Engagement photos are one of the first things you may do after getting engaged. They shouldn’t be a chore or something to stress about. Engagement photos should be fun! You’ll have plenty of staged and formal photos at the wedding so why not shake things up a little and think outside “the box” for your engagement photos. Megan and Evan’s picnic themed shoot is the perfect example of this. Otherwise known as an event shoot these types of photos are when your photographer shadows you; as you go on a date, cook, do a favorite hobby, whatever the possibilities are endless!
Use your engagement photos as your trial run for the wedding to work out the kinks. Get to know your photographer and their style. Listen to their ideas and direction- they know best! And if you aren’t comfortable or feel they aren’t the right fit this is the time to make a change.
Check out the photos below from the talented Casey Rose Photography of one of our beautiful couples Megan + Evan. I mean how adorable is that picnic basket?!
We love the picnic theme they went with and of course choosing a beautiful location such as the Arboretum always helps to make pictures more interesting.Adding props to your photos or choosing action shots can make things a little less awkward and posed. But make sure to throw in some posed photos too- those are the ones Mom will want!
Now, lets talk fashion. Try not to be too matchy matchy with your fiancé. Choose color and prints to give some visual interest to your photos. Or choose white like our beautiful bride Megan, you are the bride after all. Next, make sure you are comfortable. You’ll be happier and excited with the end result if you can move in your outfit and nothing is more frustrating than a bride or groom fidgeting with their clothes.
In the end, engagement photos should be a reflection of you- the couple- and your likes and hobbies. Remember to shake things up and do something fun and visually interesting, there is plenty of time for staged photos at the wedding. And lastly, rely on your photographer to tell you what will work and what doesn’t.
As always, we here at Sally Oakley Weddings & Events are ready to help! Give us a call, we’d love to help you plan your engagement photos.