How to Prepare for your Engagement Session

Tips from a wedding photographer on how to prepare for your engagement session. | Click to see the full blog post! https://shaunadaniellephotography.com

Here are some things to consider when planning for your engagement session!

Gastown engagement photoBrix Restaurant wedding photo

TIMING

I like to schedule engagement sessions two hours before sunset. This is known as the “golden hour” and makes for the prettiest light for your photos. As we have a limited amount of time before the sun sets, please be on time! Sometimes life happens and we can’t help it, but leave some extra time to account for traffic, accidents, or a GPS with a poor sense of direction.

Gastown engagement photoGranville Island wedding photo

LOCATION

The best location for an engagement session is somewhere that is significant to you and your relationship. What did you do for your first date? Where was the first “I love you”? What were you doing when you decided this was forever? Where did you get engaged? A meaningful location adds a whole new dimension to your engagement session and it makes my heart happy to hear these stories!

What is the most you? Urban? Forest? Beach? Park? Should you not have any specific ideas in mind for your location, I am happy to make suggestions!

Jericho Beach engagement photoAberthau Mansion wedding photo

OUTFITS

Coordinating colours photograph much better than matching and give your photos a cohesive look. Layering with jackets and accessories personalizes your outfit and makes for quick look changes! Feel free to bring a bag with a variety of accessories – scarves, jewelry, shoes – we’ll have fun with it! Things to avoid when coordinating your outfits are mixing patterns, fluorescent colours, running shoes, and t-shirts with words or logos.

The most important things to consider when planning your outfits are that you are comfortable, and that you feel like yourself. Plan for your outfits to be your style, just dressed up a little!

Gastown engagement photo | Burrard Iron Works BuildingBurnaby Heritage Museum wedding photo

HAIR AND MAKEUP

Your engagement session is a great opportunity to have your hair and make-up trial before the wedding! Professional hair and make-up will make you feel more confident, eliminate the stress before your session, and make a world of difference in your photographs.

If you’re doing your make-up yourself, apply it a little heavier than you typically would – light make-up translates to no make-up on camera! Leave some extra time to avoid stress and account for any emergencies. (It probably took me half an hour to get my false lashes on! If anyone knows the trick for these, I’d love to hear.) Also, please keep kissing your partner in mind when planning your lip colour! ;D

Getting a trim before your session is a great way to feel more polished. If you plan to get a whole new style, book your appointment a week before your session so you have time to get comfortable with your new do.

Extra tip: Don’t forget your nails! If close-ups of your ring are important to you, make sure your nails are on point. (I had a lot of fun choosing a set of Jamberry’s before our session.)

Granville Island engagement photoBarkley Brook wedding photo

PREPARING YOUR PARTNER

Many partners have no idea what an engagement session is, nevermind what to expect. Sit down with your partner with your three favourite engagement sessions and explain what you love about each one. This can alleviate nerves and uncertainty, and it’s a great way to communicate why an engagement session is important to you in the first place.

Queen Elizabeth Park engagement photoJericho Beach wedding photo

RELAX!

Relax! This is such an amazing season of your relationship and I can’t wait to help you document it. Your session is a great opportunity for us to get familiar with eachother before your wedding. Having one less thing to do on your wedding day is a good thing, right?!

We are going to have SO much fun at your session – I promise. My couples always comment on how easy and painless their session was when we’re finished!

I hope this was helpful in preparing for your engagement session! Feel free to check out my engagement portfolio or check out my engagement sessions on the blog. I can’t wait for our shoot!