A blog collaboration with Swish+Click Photographer, Christine Wright.
Photo by Swish+Click Photography

If you’re preparing for your engagement photo shoot session, you may be feeling a bit apprehensive. Getting everything together and stress-free  isn’t always easy, which is why the below tips will definitely come in handy before your upcoming photo session. I’ve teamed up with photographer, Christine Wright, owner of Swish + Click photography to give insight from the other side of the camera. Let’s dive in!

1. Don’t make a huge deal out of it.

Now is not the time to try out a new haircut or color. Keeping it real and simple can be a great asset when it comes to preparing for your engagement photo shoot session. Be sure to schedule your beauty session with your hair and makeup artist well in advance to prevent date conflicts. Choose a look that you’re comfortable with that showcases your style as a couple. I like to build my clients look from the engagement session up to the wedding day. Starting small and ending with a bang! The less stress you put on your self the better. Focus on the big picture and don’t sweat the small stuff.

Swish+ Click: Some couples over think engagement sessions, especially with social media only showing people’s highlight reels. The thing to remember is that this session is about the love between you and your partner. So approach planning the session with that in front of your mind.

2. Make it fun.

Have a couple “fun pictures” where you get to pick your own poses or props. The more relaxed your are the better your pics will reflect who you are as a couple. Don’t be afraid to incorporate color in to your makeup look. You can do this with your eyeshadow or a smokin’ hot lip look.

Swish+Click: I would be hard pressed to find a couple that didn’t have inside jokes or did weird quirky things together. When planning your engagement session, think of things you two like to do together and chat with your photographer and see if that can be worked into the session. It’s super cute to go get ice cream together or drinks at a pub. I have also had couples who want to skip around in a field and giggle at each other. It’s super cute and shows off the fun side of the couple.

3. Be prepared.

If you’re going to be out for several hours, ensure that you are well rested. Makeup can only hide so much so make sure you’ve gotten a good nights rest. If you plan to shoot outside, keep in mind that your hair and makeup could melt on hot summer days or dry out during cold winter months. The humidity in Texas can take natural hair by storm causing hair to expand, revert or go limp so you want to choose your engagement photo shoot date carefully. Bringing some snacks and water is a good idea. Consider snacks that won’t get messy and take off your lipstick. 

Swish+Click: At least two weeks before the session you should have picked the location, and if it needs a permit to be paid to photograph there, do it well in advance. Sometimes certain places {like Rice University} only allow your photographer to book the space, which is another reason why you want to plan in advance. As well, if you are going to have any props during the session, it’s important to acquire them at least a week in advance. Amazon Prime is my BFF for my last minute purchases, but I have had couples who bring hand made items/signs, which require a bit more planning in advance. Same goes for buying new clothes. Lastly, I highly recommend getting your hair and makeup done the day-of, and getting a manicure a day or two beforehand. Your ring {and fingers} will be on display and you want them to translate well on camera. Also, hair and makeup artists book well in advance and if your session is on a weekend, you will be competing with weddings, so it’s important to lock in the artist ASAP as possible.

4. Be patient.

Save your sanity by trying not to control the photo session too much. Sometimes the best photos are ones that just flow. Relax, gaze in to your fiancé’s eyes and let love take over. Work with your photographer so your photos will look fantastic.

Swish+Click: I tell all my clients the first 10-15 minutes of your session is awkward. You are not used to being in front of the camera, you’re worried about where your hands should go, there’s a lot going on initially. So relax. Your photographer knows this is the time when you are getting to know each other with the camera involved. And don’t worry about your hands, your photographer is a professional and has that covered. You just need to show up and be in love.

5. Have a chat.

Make sure you have open communication with your beauty professional. Conveying your look is going to be very important so that you are both on the same page. The last thing you want is to feel uncomfortable with your look because it will definitely translate in your photos. In most cases I would not suggest doing your wedding beauty trial the same day as your engagement photo shoot session. Trials tend to take more time because you’re trying different makeup and hair looks. Pick another day to do this so that you’ll have time to play.

Swish+Click: chatting with your photographer before the session, if not multiple times is super important. If you have certain images you want captured, send it along to them for inspiration. Also tell them what you are wanting to wear, where you want to do the session, etc. They might have cool ideas you never thought of, and it snowballs into a session your totally excited about! 

Get to know more about my friend Christine, owner of Swish+Click Photography here!