When planning your engagement session there are a few things to consider.
This session is about the two of you. The first thing we’ll want to know is;
Who are you?
It helps us to know what you do you do for work, fun, play and relaxation? Do you have any hobbies? Our goal is to reflect your personalities in the images we create.
From the photographer’s stand point, the engagement session is a great way for us to get to know you. We can gauge your comfort level in front of the camera. And make adjustments to our approach as needed. Personally, I can tell within minutes how much direction I will need to give to you. I’ll quickly be able to tell if you need more or less direction.
How will you be using the photos?
Save the date? Guest Book at the wedding? Framed as part of the decor of the reception? Gifts? All of the above?
Are we branding, or matching this photo shoot with your wedding design?
If so, we’ll need to know your wedding vision. Elegant, casual, vintage, modern, classic, etc…? What are your colors? Do we want to use props?
What to wear?
Unless we’re doing some kind of theme, keep clothing simple and unfussy. Dress “photo worthy” from head to toe, so your photographer isn’t limited to head shots. Coordinate your colors. You don’t have to be “matchy, match” with each other, but do wear colors that are complimentary. If one of you is wearing a bold pattern, it’s typically better if the other wears solid. Casual dress is most popular, but you may prefer to be more formal and that’s just fine too. If you are having your make up professionally done for your wedding, now is a good time for your trial make up session.
Where do we want to do the engagement session?
Indoor or outdoor? Beach, Park, Architectural, Historic, Studio? Or, your secret place. Knowing the answer to this question will determine the best time of day for the shoot. Your photographer will be able to advise you that.
Most important, have fun with it.
This is the perfect time to relax and be playful amidst all the planning for your wedding. If you’re feeling slightly overwhelmed, leave it to the photographer to make suggestions for you.
I’d be delighted to help you with it. Please give us a call at 805-563-5050, if you have any questions or would like to schedule a photo shoot.
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~Melissa Mugrove, Santa Barbara Wedding Photographer