Having engagement portraits is a fantastic way to celebrate your happy news. They are a great way to spend some quality time together and get to know each other. They will also help you get to know your wedding photographer better, and talk about the final plans.
So how do you achieve a fun engagement portrait session, which is personal to you as a couple? Here are my top five tips!
1. Location, location, location!
Think about the location and surroundings that you want in your engagement portraits. What feelings and emotions do you want to feel? It is important that you choose somewhere that means something to you both, but also somewhere that has a variety of backdrops to make things more exciting and your images more versatile. With summer coming up, it would be a great idea to have your portraits taken in open fields or on the beach. If you are looking for a more unique and quirky background, towns and villages can add an eclectic depth to your images. Another great idea is choosing the venue where you first met, or went on your first date.
Activities can look fabulous in your engagement portraits. They will also make the engagement portrait shoot fun and interesting. Horse riding, surfing, rowing or a picnic are fantastic and romantic ideas. They will add extra dimensions to your images, and maybe even give you a new hobby to start together.
3. Pets and children.
If you have pets and/or children, why not include your little family. After all, they are a major part of your journey, and will be involved in all of the celebrations. You will get a beautiful family portrait, and your pet and child will add to the entire experience.
4. Look your best.
Your engagement portrait shoot is a run up to the wedding photography, so you really want to look your best. Why not have them done professionally, or if you are looking for a hair and makeup artist for your wedding, use the engagement portrait shoot as an opportunity to arrange trials. If you are doing it yourself, buy new products, and bring them to the shoot with you. Make time for touch ups and reapplying. However, keep the makeup natural so it doesn’t show up on the final images.
Many couples prefer it just to be the two of them, without any added quirks. I do agree that these make the more natural portraits, however, sometimes; props can add an element of personality into the images. The props do not have to be too elaborate. They can be as simple as a picnic blanket or basket. I find the best prop to use is champagne!
Engagement photos are a fantastic way of expressing your love and happiness towards each other. I always get a tear in my eye when my clients receive their final engagement portraits. They always comment on how natural they are, and you really can see how they truly feel about each other.
Have you just become engaged and want to celebrate the moment? Get in touch via email on firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your portraits. I’d love to know how he popped the question!
Kim Rix Photography
Making Memories Precious