To kick off my weekly advice series, I am excited to share with you about planning for your engagement session!

Take advantage of the opportunity

As a wedding photographer and a bride, I believe in the importance of an engagement session. Not only do you get amazing pictures in your normal attire, but you also have one-on-one, non-rushed time with your photographer. This gives you plenty of time to get to know each other and for you to see the way that they work behind their camera. Your wedding photographer is the only vendor who will by your side throughout your whole wedding day, and I know you wouldn’t want that person to be a complete stranger. I can promise that you will feel more comfortable on your wedding day if you have worked with your photographer beforehand.

When else will you have the opportunity to get dressed up and take pictures with your handsome future husband? Think about your personal style and about your wedding. Jamie and I decided to use one of our engagement pictures for our save the date. We wanted to give our guests a little taste of what our wedding would be like, which is why we decided to do both a casual and more formal outfit. And most importantly, have fun! Consider it a fun date; laugh, run, and hold each other close. (The more snuggly you are, the better!)

Make it personal

Jamie and I decided to have our engagement session done at Pine Knoll Shores on the coast of North Carolina. Jamie’s parents have a beach condo where we have spent many weekends together. When thinking about choosing the location of your engagement session, choose a place that is meaningful to you as a couple. Whether its a beach, downtown in your favorite city, or an empty field, you will feel more comfortable and the pictures will hold more meaning.

Use Pinterest

Use Pinterest to gather inspiration and get an idea about what colors, patterns and textures look good together. Your outfits should not match but cohesively go together. If you have chosen to wear something bold, like my gold gown, keep your fiancé’s attire simple.

Put your photos to use

If you can help it, don’t wait until the last minute to have your engagement session done. This will give you more time to enjoy and use your pictures throughout your engagement and beyond. Remember – when your wedding day photos arrive, your engagement session images will fall into the background. Don’t let them get lost in the excitement – make use of them! Consider these ideas:

– Save the date
– Wedding guest book
– Gifts for your family
– Gallery wall in your new home

To see more of our engagement pictures, click here to see the full blogpost!


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