An engagement session is a opportunity to celebrate the time before your wedding day with a professional portrait session. Best of all, it’s without the stress of your wedding day. So relax, have fun and enjoy each other’s company. Celebrate the start of a new life together.
Five things I tell my couples when preparing for their engagement session:
- Pick a location that means something to both of you: it could be where he proposed or where you love to hang out or simply a special place for you.
- Have an end goal for the photos: be it for wedding invitations, thank you cards, a desk photo for work, wall art for the home or a guest signing book for the wedding. Do something with the photos and enjoy them.
- Match your style of clothes: no, that doesn’t mean matching outfits as if you’re part of a opening ceremony, but if your fiancé is wearing smart casual, do the same. Your photos will look much better.
- For the bride to be, it’s a perfect time to do a hair or make up trial. Seeing how your make up / hair looks in a photo will give you confidence on your wedding day. If you do need to make changes, better you find out now than on your wedding day.
- Most importantly, have fun and enjoy the time together. During the portrait session, concentrate on each other, and you will naturally forget about being photographed. Your photos will look so much better.
This leads me to Kathryn and Nicholas’ engagement session at Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, Sydney Botanical Gardens. Not wanting to sound cheesy, but they had so much chemistry. It was easy to see that they are very much in love.
You could see they were very comfortable with each other and it was so easy for me to get candid photos of them.
Like actors when put on their mark, they performed. I simple put them in nice flattering light and they did the rest, they were so into each other, it’s like they forgot I was there. Constantly smiling and laughing at each other and acting silly together. Perfect!
They wanted Sydney Harbour as the back drop for their photos, since they were moving overseas after their wedding, and wanted some photos to remember Australia.