I know that doing engagement photo shoots is not normal for everyone. Maybe you’ve never heard of such a thing and have somehow missed it on all the wedding blogs. Maybe you couldn’t afford it (totally valid!) or didn’t have the time. Whatever the reason, it’s definitely not a necessity.
With that being said, I want you to know that I love our engagement photos. I love that we have so many wonderful pictures of us that we can cherish.
(All following photos by Love Song Photo)
We have this one framed in our living room.
Plus, I’m kind of a ham and I like having my picture taken.
One of the major benefits of engagement photography is that you can get to know your photographer and they can get to know you, which helps to ensure pictures that are representative of your personalities and your relationship. Since our photographer is a friend of ours that wasn’t as big of an issue. For us, the major benefit was in knowing things that worked or didn’t work in pictures.
Do: Listen to your photographer when they suggest “whisper sweet nothings” or “tell a joke.” Your first picture may not be perfect…
I still like this photo, but it’s odd not to see Sparky’s face.
…but the resulting pictures may be great.
Looking at each other, smiling, and laughing
Do: Get some solo shots. I mean, why not? You’re already all dressed nicely, right?
OK, not the world’s greatest photo, but it is hilarious. A squirrel launched itself out of a tree just as this photo was taken.
Do: Take advantage of local “prop” locations.
Copyright Love Song Photo
Do: Be yourselves! You wouldn’t want pictures where you don’t look like you!
Do: Bring things that are representative of you into the photos (a combination of the above two).
Don’t: Spend the whole time talking.
I realize this is an odd one, but it was a biggie for me. I’m quite the talker and since I spent the whole time joking, talking, and laughing it means that several photos are not very flattering of my face. (I still love the pictures, but I probably won’t be printing them out.) I know now to be more mindful of this on our wedding day!
The colors in this picture are amazing. While it’s honest that Sparky makes me laugh, I wish we were just smiling softly and gazing at each other.
Dear self: Maybe keep your mouth shut a bit more? The composition of this picture is so neat but I’m making a weird face.
It definitely says something about the talent of our photographer that I love all of our pictures despite funny faces and open mouths.
Don’t: Forget to pay attention to timing. Our shoot took several hours, and because we took longer than anticipated at our first spot we couldn’t get as many shots at the second location because of the harsh lighting. (Lucky for us Krista is so patient!)
I’m sure there are more lessons I could glean from our shoot, but the MAJOR lesson is this: Do pick a photographer who produces work that you love. This ensures that you’ll be happy, funny faces and all.
This is definitely us.
Did you have an engagement shoot? Do you feel like you learned from that experience?