Tips for taking engagement pictures

Last Sunday, Blaine and I had some engagement pictures taken. It was an interesting experience to say the least, and we certainly had a lot of laughs together, but because I wasn’t entirely sure of what to expect going into this photography session, I thought I would offer some insight to potentially help out anyone else wanting to have these sort of photos taken.

First and foremost, it is absolutely essential for both yourself and your partner to be completely and entirely comfortable throughout the photo-taking process. If you’re feeling awkward or uncomfortable, your emotions will likely be evident in the final product, so if you’re feeling out of place, be sure to let the photographer know to switch up positioning and lighten the mood. Blaine and I are fortunate enough to have a good friend taking both our engagement and wedding photos, and if you have this same opportunity, I recommend seizing it.

Secondly, don’t overdo it. By that I mean try to abstain from going over-the-top in terms of clothing, hair and/or makeup, because you likely don’t want to be essentially unrecognizable in these special photos. Try to keep the entire experience as realistic as possible, if that makes sense, and have more than one option to change into for some variety.

Third, put some thought into the location where you wish to have your engagement photos captured. You should select a spot that you and your partner feel comfortable with and perhaps even has relevance to both of you. We took ours on my family’s farm in a few different spots, so be sure to think about more than one backdrop as well.

I would have to say that the most useful advice I could give to anyone hoping to have some engagement photos taken is to ultimately have fun with it. Be yourself, and you really can’t go wrong.

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