Congratulations! You’re engaged!! This is such a fun and special time in your relationship. I truly hope you can savor and celebrate every moment!
Now that you’re engaged, you’re probably wondering… what do we do next? There are so many things to do that it can be overwhelming, and my advice is to start with the big things- find a wedding venue, decide on wedding date, and find a photographer that you LOVE to capture it all!
Once you find your dream photographer, schedule your engagement session! For my couples, I recommend capturing engagement photos for many reasons, and here are my top 6 reasons to take engagement photos.
Many of us are shy in front of a camera, or maybe are even a little self-conscious. Spending more time in front of a camera with your chosen wedding photographer at the helm, will make you feel much more comfortable on your wedding day. From learning core poses to learning how to lean into the spontaneity and have fun, it’s time well spent!
Being comfortable with the person behind the camera is key, and there is no better way to do this than by spending more time together. Plus, the time together is perfectly curated with your wedding photography in mind. It gives you time to talk to your photographer about any concerns, what you like in photos, what you don’t like in photos, etc. It’s a time to be honest and upfront so that you can learn from each other and your photography can be customized for you specifically! Think, practice makes perfect!
Taking engagement photos allows you and your fiancé to get creative and express yourselves. Since these photos will be in non-wedding clothes, you can really do anything. Do you love hiking together? Ask your photographer to hike with you to your favorite spot and capture your love there! Do you love coffee shops, or did you meet in one? Ask your photographer to capture your engagement photos at your favorite coffee shop to help tell your full love story! Then, you can use these photos for wedding details. Maybe you want to display them at the reception, create a guest book for your guests to sign, order save the date cards or thank you cards, or even use them on your wedding website. There are so many ways they can be used, not to mention, your favorite engagement photo on a canvas will look amazing on the wall in your living room!
Scheduling your hair and makeup trial for the same day as your engagement photos allows you to not only look perfect and feel confident in your engagement photos, but it also will give a seamless look when your engagement photos and wedding photos are side by side. You of course don’t have to wear your same wedding hairstyle for your engagement photos. Simply let your hair stylist know ahead of that time that once your wedding look is completed, you would like a few changes made so that you are ready for your engagement photos.
Spending thousands of dollars on your photography before you see any of your final photos can be scary! Capturing engagement photos and seeing the results long before your wedding day can really put your mind at ease. Plus, it’s a great time for you to talk with your the photographer about the photos. Sharing what you love about them and what you don’t care for is important information that your photographer wants to hear. As a photographer, I am here to capture you and your vision. I want to know if you don’t love seeing yourself at a specific angle, or if you want more wide shots showing the location. I want you to LOVE your wedding photos, and having this information is truly priceless!
No matter how long you have planned for your engagement, it will feel short! Take the time to celebrate this amazing time and capture the short time that you are engaged. You will find that you wish you had more quality time together as an engaged couple, and having engagement photos taken is the perfect time for a little unexpected bonding.
I recommend having your engagement photos taken 1-2 months after you get engaged. This is a perfect little space in time before you get busy with wedding planning details, and before you will need the photos for save the date cards or your wedding website.
I always suggest couples choose a location for their engagement photos that is special to them. This may mean a specific spot in your town, or may be a park setting because you love to picnic, a mountain top because you love to hike, or a coffee shop because you love your weekly coffee dates. As a local Asheville photographer I am more than happy to help guide you. I also recommend including anything that you love in your photos, whether that’s your pets, your kids, your motorcycle, anything! Including what you love will bring out more love and connection between you and your fiancé.
My top tip, be comfortable! Wear something that you’re comfortable in and makes you feel fabulous! It’s always a great idea to dress up a little, too! For more tips on what to wear to your engagement photo session, click over to Tips on What to Wear to Your Photography Session.
For more engagement photo ideas from this Asheville engagement photographer, click over to Biltmore Engagement Photographer | Brittany + Brian Session Preview and Craggy Pinnacle Summer Engagement Photography | Sarah + Alex.