Engagement Session Tips
By Sarah Ludlow, Photos by Alyssa Ence Photography
He’s popped the question, you have a shiny new accessory decorating your hand, and you’ve updated your social media outlets to share your recent engagement. You speculate a date, maybe even set a definite one and book a venue; you pick colors, consider food, and ask your nearest and dearest to stand by your side on that oh so special day. But what comes next? It’s one of the most integral and key items on your wedding prep to-do list, and as such takes careful consideration: engagement photos.
First off, when is the appropriate time to take your engagement photos? This will be based on when you’ll be sending out your invitations; a solid rule of thumb is 6-8 weeks prior to the wedding. When considering when to schedule your engagement photos, you need to factor in photo editing and printing. To be safe, you should plan to take your photos at least 2 weeks before you want to send them out to friends and family. For shorter engagements this may mean scheduling and planning your shoot right after the actual engagement takes place. While this may seem intimidating, try not to let it be; you have endless resources to make these pictures perfect.
As mentioned earlier, these photos are integral but they also don’t need to be an unnecessary source of stress. Engagement sessions can and should be a fun bonding experience for you, your fiancé and your photographer. An element of creating that desired stress-free environment is the location. Pick a place that is unique and/or special to you and your future spouse. If photo worthy, go back to your first date location or the place you were proposed to. If you love the outdoors, take advantage of all the beauty Southern Utah has to offer such as Zion, Snow Canyon or Cedar Breaks. Of course the time of year will influence your decision, but ultimately your photo location will be the backdrop for your photo captured love, so strive to let it compliment your relationship, yet not over stage.
Attire/What to Wear
I’m admittedly a photo-phobe. Is the picture flattering? Do I look wide? Do I have crazy eyes? How’s my coloring? I figure I’m not the only one who struggles with this and these anxieties won’t magically disappear come time for engagements. There’s no magical fix for this, but there are things you can do to minimize it. When choosing what to wear you should consider not only dressing appropriately for the occasion and season, but also being comfortable. I don’t mean wearing your Netflix sweats, but we all have a favorite item or accessory that we know we rock. Wear that! This is not the time to appeal to what the social norm may be or what Pinterest says you should be sporting. If you feel good, if you feel attractive, that’ll manifest itself in your photos.
The most important decision you will make should be your photographer. Utilize the many free resources we have at our fingertips to research the photographers in the area, including but not limited to, Instagram, Facebook, and friends and family recommendations. Be sure to look for a photographer that is experienced and professional. We all have the friend offering their services, but this is a decision that is too important to intrust to an aspiring amateur. You’ll begin to see that photographers have their own particular style. You should choose someone whose style most closely aligns with yours. There’s a good chance you won’t be familiar with them personally before the engagement session, but if it’s someone you can be comfortable and yourself with, that positive energy will certainly shine through in your photos resulting in a magnetic end product.
Like all parts of your wedding, these photos should represent you. After all, they’re announcing your union and may go on to decorate your future home and serve as a valuable memorabilia for years to come. Prior consideration and planning is certainly wise and highly recommended, but ultimately, relax. Cliché as it may sound, be yourself and let your love direct the shoot; if you can do that, the chemistry captured will be priceless!
Floral- Southern Blossoms
Hair- Evan Stowers
Makeup- Makeup by Chantel
Mens Attire- Tailor Hem
Photography- Alyssa Ence Photography
Women’s Attire- Recycled by Design
Studio- White Space Studio
Videographer- A. Green Films