I adore when couples take their engagement session as an opportunity to showcase their own unique selves.
I'm offering 5 tips to make your engagement shoot as personal as possible!
By doing a bit of preparation work in advance, your engagement session will be optimized to be a perfect reflection of you, your relationship and the celebration of it.
1. DECIDE BEFORE LOOKING AT SOCIAL MEDIA
When planning your engagement session, it's easy to feel overwhelmed and influenced by social media. It's important to figure out the key details of your shoot first before looking at other engagement session ideas online. After you figure out a few main elements, being inspired by copious amounts of Pinterest boards is totally cool and can help add extra details! But by figuring out the main elements yourself first, you'll craft a session that is authentically yours and not just based on imitation.
2. Communicate expected mood with your photographer
Are you expecting the photos to showcase your goofy comedic side or perhaps a more serious mood? Adventurous, romantic, or fun? Think about what you want your photos to say about your relationship and discuss that with your photographer.
Is there a place that holds significance to you and your partner? Where did you go on your first date? Where was your first kiss? Or how about a place you've wanted to explore together but never got around to doing so?
Ask yourself why you're choosing a specific location and what that place means to your relationship. If there's real meaning then you've struck gold!
4. Activities OR THEME
Are you uncomfortable with the idea of showing up to a location and then just posing for the whole duration of the shoot?! Planning an activity or a theme that genuinely reflects both of your personalities during your photoshoot will either give you an adrenaline rush or keep your mind at ease about the camera in the room. Either way, by planning ahead you can feel in control of what to expect.
It can be as unconventional or classic as you want. For example, I've been photographing several nude couple sessions lately! Suggestions include: canoeing, swimming, hiking, visiting a lavendar field, going to an animal farm, jamming to music, cooking, apple picking, etc.
It is ultimately about the two of you!
5. It's all in the details
I don't like the idea of "props" in the sense that you spend money on some worthless piece of plastic just to add something extra to your images. Maybe people do that because they see it in other people's engagement sessions.
I'm all for meaning. What are significant items you already own that connect the two of you together?
Maybe something that represents an inside joke you two share.
Or, how about bringing your pets?