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5 Tips for your engagement session from A Michigan Wedding Photographer

Couple embracing by water in couple portraits
Photos of my boyfriend & I. Photos Courtesy of Niki Marie Photography

Hello Bride-to-be and welcome. This is such an exciting time for you. I’m sure your mind is racing with all that needs to be planned. It is all very exciting, but it can also be somewhat overwhelming. You’re planning the day you’ve been anticipating your whole life and you only get one shot at it. By the time you get the hang of it, planning is over. Photography is more than just images, it’s a real part of your day. Not only do you deserve beautiful images, you also deserve an amazing photography experience. These tips will help you prepare for your engagement session, so that you get the best images you can and are totally ready for your session.

1: Loosen Up

You want your photos to look as natural as possible. I know being in front of the camera isn't always super comfortable, but you don't want to appear to be all stiff and uncomfortable! You need to loosen up to get your real personality out in front of the camera. There are many ways to do this! For some people it was to drink a little bit, or dance/sing the jitters away to your favorite song. Have some pre-shoot cocktails to get your jitters out, and just have a blast! I also spend the first 20 minutes of the session practicing the basic poses I use for al couples and warming you guys up to the camera.

Couple Walking along Saint Clair Shores

2: Location Is Key

Location is everything for engagement pictures! Think about what you are like as a couple and set the scene. Whether you want it in your home, at the beach, or at your favorite park, make sure you pick a place that will, one, photograph well, but also somewhere that y'all love and agree on as a couple! If you ever have any questions, there are many spots I personally love taking photos at.

3: Share Your Story

Talk to your photographer about the two of you as a couple, the things you love, the story of how you met, the proposal... anything that might help your photographer really personalize the engagement session for you. Normally two to three weeks before your engagement session, I will send you a pre-engagement questionnaire to learn exactly that.

4: What To Wear

Coordinate styles and colors, wear solids or simple patterns, and be sure to consider your location and also the weather to make sure you're comfortable and able to focus on each other. If you're stumped on what to wear, don't be afraid to ask your photographer if they have any tips or recommendations!

couples portrait of couple walking in field holding hands

5: Bring A Friend

Not only should you and your fiance be there, but I would recommend bringing a friend or family member to the session! It is a great stress reliever in many ways to have someone with you to help out. Just make sure you are comfortable kissing in front of them!


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