3 Tips from a Photographer to Prepare You for Your Engagement Photoshoot

First of all: congratulations on your engagement! It’s an amazing feeling to have found someone who you would love to spend the rest of your life with. There are many details that need to be planned meticulously with the wedding coming up, but make sure you set aside the time to plan out your Engagement photoshoot properly.

An engagement photoshoot is an important event for the bride and groom to be. As such, it is only natural to want the photos that are produced to be just as perfect as your future spouse.

Of course, there are steps you can take to make sure that your Engagement shoot goes exactly the way you’ve always dreamed it would. All it takes is careful preparation several weeks before you plan to meet with your wedding photographer. Here are a few tips you should keep in mind:

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Create a Concept/Theme for the Photoshoot

These photos aren’t just a random collection of photos to be uploaded on Facebook. An Engagement shoot often tells the story of how you and your fiancé fell in love. There needs to be a concept or theme involved to help narrate that story to all those who will see it.

The best way to do this would be to look at Engagement photos of family and friends, as well as photos posted online. This can easily help you choose a concept that you both like. Knowing what concept you have in mind also makes it easier for your photographer to prepare for the lighting conditions he will have to work in. Similarly, a photographer may be able to suggest affordable locations for the photoshoot in relation to your concept.

Draft a Shot List

Once you have settled on a concept, your chosen photographer can help draft a shot list for you. When it comes to Engagement shoots, you definitely don’t want to miss a shot that you and your fiancé particularly wanted.

Take note that the shot list merely ensures that all the most important shots are taken. Of course, you should also trust in the creative eye of your chosen photographer. After all, some of the most tender moments (and, as a result, photographs) occur during stolen moments with one another.

Inform Your Photographer of Any Props, etc.

Many couples use props, such as books and special costumes, to help bring their concepts to life. If you plan to do so, make sure you prepare them well beforehand. You should also inform your photographer about any props that you and your fiancé plan to use. Your photographer may be able to help you find props that you would normally have trouble getting your hands on. A photographer may also be able to suggest props that also go well with your chosen concept if you are open to suggestions.


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