The Bridal Suite

Preparing for Engagement Photos

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He’s proposed, now it’s time to begin preparing for your engagement photos! You’re getting married! Whether you’re planning your big day all on your own or with the help of a wedding planner, one of the most fun things on your to-do list is without a doubt your engagement session. This is your chance to get some adorable photos of you and your soon-to-be-spouse in all your lovey-dovey glory!

But as exciting as your engagement session is, it can also make some couples a little nervous. Not everyone is comfortable in front of the camera, and you may be nervous about how you will look, what you should wear, and how you should pose.

Have no fear! I’ve put together this handy guide to help you feel completely prepared for your engagement session.

man and woman walking during their fayetteville arkansas engagement session

Choose the Right Outfit

Probably the question I get asked the most often about engagement photos is What should I wear? Whether you’re shopping your closet or buying something new, you want to stay away from flashy patterns. Go with neutral or jewel tones, muted colors that won’t distract from you and your partner.

If you want more outfit options, consider dressing in layers. Having a cardigan or jacket you can remove can add variety to your images without the hassle of changing clothes. And if you have no idea what to wear, feel free to contact me for advice (I have an entire style guide that I give my couples to help prepare for their engagement session)! Feel free to rent dresses from places such as Rent the Runway!

Get all dolled up

Your engagement photos are the perfect excuse to visit a salon and get your hair and makeup done. A mini-makeover can give you an extra burst of confidence and make you feel like a model! It’s also the perfect reason to turn your engagement photo day into a fun date night. After all, your makeup and hair are done, and you’re all dressed up. Why not go out?

If you’ve already chosen a hairstylist and makeup artist for your wedding day, your engagement photos are a great trial run to test out your look. Just be sure to let your makeup artist know that you’re headed to a photo session, as makeup for photos is often a little different than everyday makeup.

man and woman enjoying each other during their forth worth botanical gardens engagement session in dallas fort worth texa

Make sure you’re comfortable

You definitely should dress up for your photos, but keep the location in mind. If you’re going to be walking a lot, be sure to wear comfortable shoes and don’t wear anything that’s difficult to move in. You don’t want to spend your whole session adjusting your outfit. Pick something that feels comfortable and allows for easy movement. And if there are gorgeous but uncomfortable shoes you just have to wear, bring a pair of sneakers along so you have something better to walk in.

Don’t fret about posing

I won’t stop you from having fun striking poses in front of your mirror, but there’s no need to practice! I will guide you through poses and expressions, making sure you feel comfortable and natural. The last thing you want are images that look forced and strained. I’ll offer advice and adjustments every step of the way to get photos you’ll love!

Just take a deep breath and trust your photographer. Focus on your fiancé, and the smiles will come naturally. Those are the best kind of smiles anyway!

Have your ring cleaned

An engagement session is all about you and your partner taking the next big step in your relationship. I will definitely be taking photos of your ring, so be sure to have it cleaned or clean it yourself. This is key while preparing for engagement photos prior to your session to make sure it sparkles!

Consider adding a furry friend

If you have a beloved pet, it can be fun to include them in your engagement photos! Just be sure to get some of their energy out with a long play session or time at the park beforehand. We also recommend you bring along a friend to corral your pet during the photos of just the two of you.

Think about location

If you have a special place, like your proposal location, where you want to take photos, let us know! We’d love to capture your love in a place that is meaningful for you. But if you aren’t sure where to go for photos, I have quite a few favorite places to offer as suggestions!

man and woman walking smiling at each other during their downtown dallas engagement session

Make a day out of it

Your engagement photos are all about the connection you and your partner share, so why not turn your session into a full day of romance? Have brunch at a favorite restaurant before your shoot or take time afterward to go out for dinner. Arrive at your location early and take a long stroll together. Spending time together before your session will put you in the right mood for your photos and help the photographer capture what makes the two of you so special as a couple.

Trust your photographer

If you’re starting to feel especially nervous about your engagement session, remember that you hired a professional, and their job is to make you feel more comfortable and create images that you will love. They know how to pose you, how to get the most genuine smiles out of both of you, and how to frame, light, and edit your photos. So just relax and enjoy your day!

I hope that you find the tips for preparing for engagement photos helpful! Let me know if you have any questions, I am always happy to help!

Ready to book your wedding day? By the way, all wedding collections come with an engagement session! Contact me, I’m ready for you to join my family!

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About Nancy

Capturing the moments that mean the most to you so you can enjoy them for years to come is both a privilege and an art that I hold dear. I am more than a photographer; I am the encouraging smile and memory preservationist on one of the most magical days of my couples' lives, spanning across the globe.

The joy and honor of being a part of your wedding day extend beyond borders. Whether it's a local celebration or an international destination, I consider it a beautiful privilege to document the moments that unfold during this significant chapter of your life. Your love story is unique, and I take pride in being the visual storyteller who crafts it into a narrative that you can relive and cherish for years to come.

Published and recognized for both film and digital photography, I bring a wealth of experience to ensure that every moment, every glance, and every emotion is captured with the utmost care and artistry. Your wedding day is not just an event – it's a masterpiece in the making, and I am dedicated to turning each moment into a brushstroke on the canvas of your love story.

Let me be the conduit through which your magical day is transformed into a gallery of memories, a collection of art that transcends time. I am here to capture the moments that resonate with you the most, so you can relish them, share them, and let them be a source of joy for years to come.


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