7 Tips for Better Wedding and Engagement Photos
The internet is a busy place and it's hard to refine our style sometimes, we hear ya! So we're thrilled to welcome our Fine Art Curation member and experienced film photographer Manda Weaver to the blog today to give her best advice on getting the most from your Wedding and Engagement Photos...
Think about your “WHY?” These images are a celebration of your ENGAGEMENT—your romance in this new season of being each other’s fiancé. Your engagement season is worthy of heirloom images that become iconic memories of your journey into forever together. Let go of the idea that these photos are for Save-The-Dates. They are meant for so much more than a refrigerator. These photos are your first official artwork that celebrates the life you are building together.
*NOTE: Your stationer will design a Save-The-Date that is elegant and cohesive with your entire invitation suite. Photo Save-The-Dates can sometimes distract from the overall aesthetic of your wedding.
2. ELIMINATE NORMAL STRESSES BY SETTING THE DAY APART
Take the day off, plan a post-Engagement Session date or, better yet, make it a getaway to celebrate your Engagement.
3. THINK OUTSIDE THE ORDINARY WHEN CHOOSING A LOCATION
Pick a place that inspires you—dream big, go somewhere you’ve always wanted to, but have never been. This is your chance to experience your romance in an epic location, all the while having it documented by the same artist who will capture your wedding.
4. HAIR AND MAKE UP
A fresh cut for the gents is a must (at least 3 days before the session) and professional hair, makeup, and nails for the ladies. Not only does it add professional polish to your photos, but it’s also a great excuse to pamper yourselves.
Rent The Runway anyone? This is a once in a lifetime occasion. You’ll only be engaged for a short time and you’ll only be doing engagement photos once. Dress for it!
6. WRITE EACH OTHER A LOVE LETTER
Something along the lines of “Marrying you is going to be…” or find a poem or song lyrics to read to each other during your session.
*NOTE: Have your stationer write your letters/poem/song in calligraphy, then have them framed to hang next to your engagement photos in your home later.
7. RELAX AND REMEMBER THAT YOU ARE NOT EXPECTED TO BE PROFESSIONAL MODELS
Your Professional Photographer will guide you into representing the heart of your romance through their lens. It will be so much fun because, really, it’s just about flirting, holding hands, kissing, and laughing with the one you love most. This Leads to Better Wedding Photos. The Engagement Session experience will lead you to feel comfortable and authentic in front of the camera and this, in turn, will up the romantic feel to your wedding photos. Trust (and even friendship) will be built between you and your photographer during your Engagement Session and this relationship with your photographer is infectious! When your family and wedding party see and feel the rapport between you and your photographer, it will also encite their trust and make for a more relaxed, enjoyable experience for all those who will be photographed on your wedding day.
A HUGE thanks to Manda for taking us through these best practices! To see more of Manda's Engagement Sessions and Weddings, head to her portfolio right here and to download these Top Tips for future reference, just click here!
Photography: Manda Weaver