Summer time is the number one time of the year when people decide to get married. Most people are willing to to stay out later, plan their vacation times, and for the ones with kids, this is the time of year the kids are out of school.
But what about engagements? I went to visit Auntie Google to check, and I guessed correctly. The most popular date for people to get engaged is on Valentine's Day (however, there are 364 other days in the year that people all over the world get engaged).
And seeing as there are so many times in the year that people pop the question, that just means that there that many opportunities to plan an engagement session.
Planning your engagement session is super important, but also shouldn't be stressful. So to make your experience of going through your session as smooth as possible, I wanted to give you a few tips on what you can bring to your engagement session.
You're going to thank me later. Trust.
What to Bring to Your Engagement Session:
This one sounds like no-brainer, but I've heard stories of people forgetting to bring their engagement rings. They either removed them to clean them, and just forgot to put them back on. Your photographer will want to get a few images of your ring on it's own and lots of close-ups with you wearing it.
Touch up of make-up
In previous posts, I've mentioned that hiring a professional make-up artist and hairstylist is best, but having them come along to your sessions are not always an option. So, ask your make-up artist if they could either give you quick tips on how to touch up your make-up when you're out and about getting your close-ups.
Sweat Blotter (or small towel)
Another key thing to bring along are oil/sweat blotters. These are QUEEN to making sure you're blotting away as much skin oils and extra shininess from your face. Take it from a girl who has a shiny face when I'm outside long enough. Unless you purposely applied that glorious highlighter, you don't want that natural highlighter making your whole face glisten.
We've all been there. We buy brand new shoes for a special occasions, but we never seem to learn that the first day of wearing most shoes (especially fancy shoes) is painful. They bite in every side of your feet and every inch of pain and the uncomfortable look on your face is just resting there.
With that said, bring a couple of shoe options. At the very least, bring the pair of shoes you want to be photographed in, and the other pair can be for the long trek up the mountain, or to wear when you're moving from one location to the next.
Some people even bring a third pair to go along with their themes. For example, some couples wear a more semi-casual outfit to fit their location, and then change into a formal outfit to fit the look of another location.
Just be mindful of your theme and locations.
Change of Clothes
Not only do we wear brand new shoes to special occasions and then later regret it, but we also do the same with clothes.
We wear clothes that are too tight, too big, not comfortable, and not our normal style. I've mentioned this before in previous posts, but I'm going to say it again...
If you're uncomfortable, you bet your photographer's camera is going to pick that up so quick!
So, don't stress out about buying the newest, prettiest, most glamorous outfit on the market if you're going to be uncomfortable wearing it.
And just like shoes, bring a few options. Your photographer can help you decide on your outfit choices depending on the locations.
If you're not quite sure where to even start, not sure what would match with what location, or just whether or not you should go matching with your fiance, click the link below:
Mindfulness of Location and Parking
This is a little one, but big enough to cause anxiety when you're trying to enjoy the moment.
If you chose the location, please be mindful to give as much information about the location to your photographer. Important information would be anything such as:
This information is so vital. As a photographer, I can understand that getting that amazing shot for my clients is so wonderful and great. But if I'm walking through a privately owned (or city owned) garden paradise, I want to make sure that I don't have to worry about whether or not my car is getting towed because I didn't have permit to park there.
And honestly, I wouldn't want that for you either. Nobody likes that.
So being mindful of these very important details can make such a difference to the overall experience of your session.
At the end of the day, this day is about you and your fiance.
It's about embracing each other as you are, and allowing your photographer to peek into your world. It's about creating a space for you and your love where you can be your true selves without having to worry about anything else.
And if you liked this post, but still not sure if booking a photographer for your engagement photos is for you, I suggest you read another blog post where I explain why I believe engagement sessions are an important and vital part of your wedding planning process. Click here read it now.
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Los Angeles native.