Wedding photographs are regarded as a crucial part of a relationship – they capture the happy couple at their formal best, dressed in their finest attire. But getting engaged is also a major milestone, so why shouldn’t you mark the occasion with lovely pictures of two people in love? There’s more freedom with a photoshoot like this, with the location, clothes and theme entirely up to you. But how do you make them look wonderful so you can look back on them with fondness for years to come? Here are a few tips…
Hire a professional photographer
It sounds obvious, but it’s a good idea for more reasons than simply getting good photos. It gives you a chance to get to know someone who may well be your wedding photographer. Crucially, they get to know you too, so they’ll already be aware of how you interact as a couple, and how to get you to relax so the pictures look natural.
If you’re not very comfortable in front of a camera, your engagement photography session can also be a dummy run for the big day, and you get great pictures for the wedding invites!
Hair, make-up and clothes
Again, this might give you a good opportunity to get to know the hair and make-up stylist you plan to use for your wedding day. But if you choose to do it yourself, apply slightly more saturated makeup than you normally would, or you might look a little washed out in the photos.
As for your clothes, they should make you feel good about yourself, but crucially, they must be comfortable, so make sure this isn’t the first time you wear them. That way you won’t be spending the whole day picking at your clothes.
You’ll also want to be wearing your engagement ring with pride. Whether it’s an expensive jewel or you were proposed to with a cheap engagement ring, it’s going to be priceless to you and you’ll want to show it off.
Find a nice background
Most people look for the most scenic backdrop, but this might not represent you as a couple. You might enjoy drinking coffee together or listening to music in your local park. In which case, consider choosing a backdrop suitable for your tastes.
Have the correct equipment
If you’re taking the photos yourself make sure you have only the equipment you need (you don’t want to lug around a huge back of unnecessary stuff). Get the set-up right in advance, if you can. Continuous autofocus is a popular camera setting these days for capturing more natural shots.
Aim just after sunrise or just before sunset
These times are known as the golden hour and give you a wonderful light to work with. In the middle of the day the light is actually much harsher, and your shots are likely to look less magical.
Whether you hire a photographer or get a friend to take your photos, you won’t regret capturing the moment when you became engaged. It’s a time of immense joy that you’ll want to look back on for the rest of your life.