Heather Menzies

May 9, 2022

How to prepare for your engagement session

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Engagement sessions can be a great addition to your wedding experience. During your engagement session, you’ll have the chance to get to know me better and experience how I shoot and how I handle posing and lighting. This session can make a HUGE impact on how the wedding day flows. I will arrive on your wedding day already knowing how you two interact, what your most natural poses are and how to photograph you in a genuine way! You will feel like such a pro on your big day because of the great practise you had during your engagement session! Here are some helpful tips on how to prepare for your engagement session.

LOCATIONS | I love it when couples pick a place that has sentimental or special significance for them! If you can’t think of anywhere specific that you would like to shoot, I can help you decide on a location. As long as the light is great, I can make ANY location look awesome! I shoot at farms, campuses, downtown alleys and even laundromats! Do not shy away from unique ideas. The more creative, the better! Be sure to keep reading to find out more about outfit ideas and inspiration!

POCKETS | Empty your pockets! You don’t want to have key chains or phones showing through your pockets. This is easy to overlook but very hard to edit out.

TIMING | Your engagement session can be scheduled anytime before your wedding day. I normally suggest booking it at least 3-6 months in advance to avoid stress. For the best light, have your session 1-2 hours before sunset. The sun sets quickly, especially if your shoot is not in the summer months. The later you arrive, the less time we have to shoot! Once the sun is set, the shoot will be over.

RING CLEANING | If possible, it is ideal to clean your ring before your shoot. The cleaner the better.

CHANGING CLOTHES | As much as I would like to say that we always have restrooms for outfit changes, more often than not, prepare for a quick outfit change in the car if you’d like a second outfit option.

DEEP BREATHS | I’m going to help you along the way and it’s going to be a blast! I will instruct you on everything you need to know about how to prepare for your engagement session. Enjoy this time together, and make a date out of it! Plan dinner afterwards and celebrate!!

CLOTHING | Some couples like to bring one casual outfit and one dressier outfit. If you’re unsure about a few pieces, feel free to bring all options, and I can help you decide or we can email about it beforehand!

LIP COLOR & HAIRSPRAY | You may need to apply more lip colour after one outfit change and a few kisses. (If you have a bold lip colour, try to have a matte finish so it won’t transfer to your partner as intensely!). Hairspray and a brush will be helpful if your hair struggles in the humidity!

SHOES | If you’re wearing shoes that are difficult to walk in but look awesome, bring some comfy shoes to change into while we walk to each shooting location!

I hope you found these tips helpful and that you are feeling more confident about your upcoming engagement shoot! If you haven’t booked a session yet but you’re ready to, get in touch here.

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