10 Tips to rock your engagement photos

10 Tips To Rock Your Engagement Photos

– Minnesota Winter Engagement –

The most common questions I receive from clients when it comes to engagements sessions are, “What should we wear? When should we schedule our session? What location should we choose?”  Putting together outfits can pose a difficult challenge as you want to be comfortable, yet stylish, all while reflecting both you and your partner’s personalities. Follow these ten tips to rock your engagement session and style the perfect outfits at the perfect location!

1. Wear something you’re comfortable in

Although it seems like stating the obvious, wearing something you’re comfortable in is really one of the most important things during your shoot! If you choose clothes that are too tight or clingy, you’ll spend the majority of your session messing with them instead of focusing on your time with your significant other. In addition, if you wear something you’ve never worn before, you may be worried about how you look or may discover it’s actually uncomfortable, which can come across in your photos.

Choose outfits that make you feel like a million bucks. If you do purchase something new, take it out for a test run (hello, date night excuse!) with plenty of time to launder in the outfit. As much as you consider how your outfits make you feel, also consider how they will photograph. For the ladies, we recommend choosing pieces that flow nicely as you move, especially if you’re doing your photos outdoors.

2. Steam or iron ahead of time!

Make sure that you are prepared for your session by de-wrinkling your clothes ahead of time! Not only will this help you look and feel your best, but it might even save you money! A photographer’s least favorite question is, “can you just edit that out later?” Oftentimes, having wrinkles retouched in photos comes at an additional cost per image. Save yourself the stress and have your clothes wrinkle free ahead of time!

3. Consider professional hair and makeup

To all the ladies that are comfortable and confident in doing their own hair and makeup, skip to the next tip! However, if you aren’t really sure what to do with your hair or have never done makeup for photos before, you may want to hit up the salon before your shoot! Photos tend to require a bit more saturated makeup than your everyday look so that the finished photos don’t result in you looking washed out!

Haven’t done your hair and makeup consultation with your wedding day stylist yet? This is the perfect excuse! Use your engagement session as the perfect way to knock out two birds with one… makeup brush? Here are a few couple hair/makeup options located in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois:

Wisconsin (South & Central) – Blush | Lovely Elegance | V Beauty House

Minnesota (Minneapolis Area) – Viva Voce SalonHayley Sachs Artistry | Lisa Reinhardt Makeup and Hair Artistry

Illinois (Chicago Area) – Nightingale Beauty | Tricia Clarke Makeup

10 Tips to rock your engagement photos by Janimal Photography a Midwest Wedding Photographer. To see more tips and photos from this Minnesota winter engagement session visit - http://janimalphotography.com/tips-to-rock-your-engagement-photos/

4. Make a day out of it

One of the pieces of advice we’ve heard from photographers is to make your engagement session part of a day-long date! Not only does this give you plenty of time for photos without feeling rushed, but this helps you feel more connected and romantic during your shoot while in a relaxed mindset. Start your day with a casual brunch or coffee at you and your loved one’s favorite spot and invite your photographer to meet you to grab a few shots before changing locations.

10 Tips to rock your engagement photos by Janimal Photography a Midwest Wedding Photographer. To see more tips and photos from this Minnesota winter engagement session visit - http://janimalphotography.com/tips-to-rock-your-engagement-photos/

5. Schedule your session around the sun

Certain times of day are definitely better than others, and that’s all because of the light! The beautiful time of day just before the sun sets, also known as Golden Hour, is the perfect time to photograph if you’re seeking glorious, golden light in your photos. Make sure to check your weather app so you’re aware of when exactly the sun will be setting! This will ensure that you have plenty of time to shoot before the sun disappears! Early afternoon may sound like a perfect time schedule-wise, but keep in mind the direct light overhead will provide harsher light. Early morning light can also create a magical look so you may want to consider a sunrise session where you arrive at your first location just as the sun starts to come up.

6. Channel your wedding look when planning your outfits

I am a firm believer that you can never go wrong with dressing up. For the ladies, there are so many options to purchase, or even rent, beautiful dresses. Complimentary men’s clothing can also be found this same way to create the perfect, cohesive look. While your engagement shoot doesn’t have to feel overly bridal, a white blouse or dress can be the perfect nod to your wedding dress.

Another trick sure to create a jaw-dropping photograph, pick colors from your locations and incorporate them into your wardrobe! Have a stark white backdrop like snow in these photos? Try wearing something that will pop, like scarlet red. Notice how the touch of color really makes the couple pop and adds a dynamic aspect to the photos! Steer clear of neon colors though!

Also consider playing with texture: cotton-based fabrics like eyelet lace, crochet and Swiss dot all have dimension that shows up well on camera and gives your outfit (and photo) an instant vintage twist. Here are a couple options to help narrow your search for the perfect engagement outfits:

Lulus | Vici | Nordstrom | Rent the Runway


7. Choose a versatile location

Let’s talk about your location. The setting of your session can play a huge role in the feel of your photos and can help tell your love story. If you are both adventurous and love the outdoors, a nature location may fit you better than an urban setting. Sometimes you can get the best of both worlds and find a versatile location that has a little mix of both natural surroundings and architecture. Maybe you both love ice-cream, so why not take a trip to your favorite ice cream shop to tell a fun, unique love story.

Try avoid choosing locations that are typically crowded places if you want to avoid unwanted distractions. You may have to wait for people to move out of frame or being disrupted by passer-by questions. If you really have your heart set on a public or crowded location, be prepared to have your session time set to an earlier sunrise session in order to beat the crowds.

8. When in doubt, kiss!

If you haven’t spent a ton of time in front of a camera (and let’s face it – who has?), you may be pretty nervous or become stiff during your shoot. A quick way to loosen up while still getting great photos is to lean in for a kiss! This can help you connect more with your partner and forget the camera is even around (which makes for more natural photos anyway). It’s important to worry less about the photographer and more about just spending time with your significant other. Just enjoy being in each other’s presence, smile and your photos will turn out beautiful!

9. Less is more

This goes for both location and outfits. Sometimes locations with a lot going on in the background can take away from you as the subject. As for outfits, be careful with patterns and try to think more textures verses patterns! Although small patterns are fine, try to focus more on simplicity that won’t distract from your faces and your connection with your significant other! Focus more on using different textures with solid colors to create a more dynamic effect. Avoid large, bold plaids and stripes that contrast because less is more!

10 Tips to rock your engagement photos by Janimal Photography a Midwest Wedding Photographer. To see more tips and photos from this Minnesota winter engagement session visit - http://janimalphotography.com/tips-to-rock-your-engagement-photos/

10. Hire a professional photographer

This should almost go without saying, but the best photos for your engagement will come from hiring a professional photographer. Your engagement is such a short and special chapter in your life and your relationship, make sure to capture it in a special way. If possible, it is highly recommended that you book your engagement photos with your wedding photographer. This gives you the opportunity to get comfortable and connect with your photographer prior to your big day, making for even better photos during your wedding.
























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