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Jan 12

Top 5 Tips to Get the Best Engagement Photos

   We sat down with Christina of Rebel with a Camera to find out the inside scoop on getting the best engagement photos. Read her insightful tips for getting the best engagement photos below!

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As wedding photographers, doing engagement sessions is one of our favorite things!  We wish all of our couples did an engagement session with us because it gives us a chance to get to get to know the couple, what makes them laugh, and what poses work really well for them.  It also helps our couples feel more comfortable with us on the wedding day.  Plus, we create some gorgeous images of the couple that show them and their relationship in a more playful and casual way than the wedding images might.  With that in mind, I’d love to share our top five tips for couples to get the best engagement photos.

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1. Think about the style, feel, and flexibility of locations

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Do you like an urban setting?  Charming, vintage downtown square? Open field?  Stunning landscape views?  Gorgeous sunset view?  Ask for your photographer’s help in choosing locations.  They will know what locations would work well for you.  Many photographers like to do sessions at locations they are familiar with because they know where the sun is setting, where the shade is, etc.

However, many photographers also like to discover new locations.  Feel free to suggest places that are special to you, such as where you first met, the location of your first date, or where you got engaged.  Remember to always call ahead and ask permission to shoot at a place of business or on private property.  Keep the session to 2-3 locations that are close together and think about parking and traffic.  You don’t want to be stressed out on your way to and from the locations, and you don’t want to have to pay for parking two or three times in a couple hours!

Some venues include a photo session before the wedding day in their packages.  If there is a wedding venue you loved, but it didn’t work out for your wedding, think about doing your engagement portraits there. There are some really unique venues in Austin that many bridal portraits are taken at but also make wonderful backdrops for engagement sessions such as Laguna Gloria, Chateau Bellevue, and Dunvegan Keep.

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2. Plan your outfits

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They don’t have to be matchy matchy, but they should stay in same color family whether it be warm, cool or neutral.  Some photographers say that you should always stay away from patterns, but if you want to show off some quirky personality, I think fun patterns are great.

We recommend one casual outfit and one dressy outfit, and you can bring accessories like jewelry, scarves, and hats to vary each look.  Remember to bring cute shoes for the pictures and comfortable shoes for walking around.  Most importantly, choose clothing that flatters you and makes you feel beautiful and confident.

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3. Have your hair and makeup done by a professional

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It doesn’t have to be overly dramatic if you are a natural girl. The most important aspect is to even out your skin and accentuate your features so they pop!  You don’t want to look washed out in the pictures.  Schedule your hair and makeup appointments with plenty of leeway to arrive at your photo session on time.  Late clients can really stress a photographer who might be on a tight timeline to utilize the best light in the two hours before sunset and get to more than one location.

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4. Be adventurous and let your photographer get creative

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Don’t overwhelm your photographer with a 100 pinterest pictures. It will completely shut down their creativity, and they’ll feel pressured to recreate someone else’s poses that might not look best for you and represent why you hired them in the first place.

Hopefully, you have booked a photographer whose style you already really dig.  Just show them a few poses or pictures you have your heart set on, and let them make their own magic with you.  Give them the freedom to be inspired by you and your unique relationship.  Be willing to try some poses or locations that might be outside your comfort zone but will make amazing pictures and memories that last for a lifetime.

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5. Most of all, have fun!

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Think about how in love you are instead of any imperfections you feel you might have.  Relax and don’t stress about the details.  Maybe even have a drink beforehand if one or both of you gets really nervous about pictures.  Treat yourself to a fun night out at your favorite restaurant afterwards since you’ll already be looking fabulous!
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I hope you found these tips helpful as you plan your engagement session.  If you are looking for an engagement or wedding photographer, check out Rebel with a Camera!

~Christina Gagnon aka, Mrs. Rebel of Rebel with a Camera

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For more helpful tips on what to do when you get engaged, check out our blog on The #1 To Do after you’ve said yes to the ring!

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