Start a Pinterest Inspiration Board: This is the easiest way to figure out exactly what you want out of your engagement photos. Do you want them to be traditional? Do you want them to be artsy? Do you want them to be whimsical or non traditional? The good news is that it’s totally up to you! Pinterest is the easiest way to gather all of your thoughts and inspiration! Start by researching there and pinning your favorite shots. Follow all of my boards here!
Find a photographer: Once you have your inspiration board then you know the look or “vibe” you are going for. Start researching photographers in your area that have similar photos that fit your theme and style. Look at friends weddings, strangers weddings and research the portfolios of local wedding photographers to see if their style fits yours. When picking a photographer, make sure you connect with them, it is super important! Our photographer isJenna Routh. We picked her after seeing the photos she did for multiple of our friends weddings.
Pick Your Outfit: You’re the Bride, which means all eyes are on you! Even in the engagement photos. Make sure to pick an outfit that you feel amazing in, as well as fits your theme. I suggest going for more neutral colors and to avoid a lot of patterns. Just keep in mind that the point is to choose an outfit that makes you look incredible. The photos are about the two of you, but the truth is, is that all eyes are on you.
Coordinate Your Fiancés Outfit: After you pick your outfit, coordinate his around yours! It’s super important to pick your outfit before his, because you want his look to compliment yours. You could look like a total babe, but if his outfit doesn’t compare, then all of the photos will be totally off. I also suggest staying away from patterns for his look as well. Try looking at places like Bonobos for inspiration! This is Colton’s favorite place to shop.
Pick a location: You want to pick a location that has meaning between the two of you. For example, we chose the location for our shoot as Waco because it is where we both met and starting dating while we were in school. Any location that has any sort of meaning will make the photos that much more special. Whether it be where your first date was, first kiss or the town the two of you grew up in. You want it to have some sort of meaning.
Pick The Right Date For Your Shoot: A few factors come into play when deciding on a date to shoot your engagement photos. For example, do you want to use these photos for your Save the Dates? If so – then taking your photos a little bit earlier may not be a bad idea. What is the temperature going to be like? Because that’s a huge factor that comes into play as well! I don’t know about you guys, but taking my engagement photos in the middle of July, in Texas was not a option. This is why we made sure to do ours in the spring before the temperatures got to warm. You want to pick a time during the engagement that works best for the two of you. Schedule wise and weather wise.
Get your makeup or hair done: If doing your hair & makeup are neither your thing, then I highly suggest getting them both done! Even if you are normally good at doing them both, I still recommend it! This is because you may be shooting for a while, and outside at that – so you do not want your hair to fall and you don’t want your makeup to fade. Because I am used to doing my own makeup for the blogs photo shoots, I did not get my makeup done, but I did get my hair done and it was the best decision I made!
Enjoy yourself, let loose and have fun! Remember, you’re getting married and this is a really exciting and fun time! Enjoy this and make the most out of it. Act silly, kiss like no one is watching and do not think too much about it! Trust your photographer to get the right shot and do not stress about the little stuff!
What do you guys think of these tips? If you have any more to add, I would love to hear them! If you want to see all of our photos, check out the post here!