5 Tips To Have The Best Engagement Session

Minnesota Engagement PhotographerAre you struggling as to what on earth you should do for your engagement session? Are you dreading standing in front of the camera awkwardly smiling to capture that moment in time when you were first engaged. Maybe you are clueless on what to wear.  Well lets just scrap that whole fear and lets have fun with your engagement session.  Let me help you change your thoughts towards your upcoming engagement session.

What if I told you engagement sessions can be fun?  Did you just gasp?  Understandable.  Let me share with you 5 things that will make for a grrrrrreat engagement session.

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#1. It’s all about you!
My personal approach is to capture your ‘relationship’ on camera.  Take a moment and think about what you and your love like to do together.  Do you like hiking?  Perhaps you enjoy snowshoeing or sledding.  Are you musicians? Play music with each other. It’s required that if you book with me, you must incorporate your fur babies. 😉  Ultimately, let’s take your interests and make that apart of your engagement session.  We will have plenty of time on your wedding day to take portrait type photos.
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#2. Relax.
No need to get all up tight and nervous about being in front of the camera.  Deep breath. Relax. Enjoy the moment and have fun with your love? Easier said than done, I know. Do whatever it takes to relax before the session to calm your nerves.  The more you relax the more you will look natural on camera. If it’s a liter of Coke, drink it.  If its a 2 miles run, run it.

#3. Don’t over think it.
I recall scheduling photo sessions for myself for updated head shots.  Some of the best photos I received were the ones that I didn’t over think.  I grabbed my favorite outfit that day, wore my best make-up or I hired a make-up artist, and I accessorize with my fav jewelry.  Going into the session feeling like yourself – the photos will reflect you as well.

Minneapolis Wedding Photography_Minnesota Wedding Photographer_0027#4. Pick clothes that reflect you.
What to wear is one of the top questions couples will ask me.  First things first, do not wear something that isn’t you or that you wouldn’t wear on a daily basis.  With that said, do consider coordinating your outfits; do not wear matching outfits. #twinses. Sorry to crush your dreams. Choose complimentary colors.  Don’t be afraid to wear prints or layer your clothes.  The key thing here is wear your best.
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#5. Trust your photographer.
If an engagement session is important to you when picking your photographer, pick a photographer that you completely trust and feel comfortable around.  If you do not trust your photographer, the look of concern could translate onto the camera and will also rob you from the experience in tip #1-#3.
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Is there something that you are struggling with when going into your engagement session? I’d love to hear what you are planning for your engagement session.

Just remember, be you, relax and remember you are getting married to your one true love!

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