It’s been a little while since I posted anything here but … HI, guys! I’m back!
If you’ve been following along at all in previous months/posts, you probably know that my sister is engaged and getting married next summer. Wee! Kristin and Ryan have been working through wedding planning details these last few months to ensure the framework is in place for the most fabulous wedding day, and it’s time to officially share the date and location with the universe (okay, or the invitees). Right on time, too! Save The Dates should ideally be sent out about 8 – 12 months in advance for a destination wedding, which allows guests adequate time to plan and save, get time off work, and book travel. We’re at the nine month mark now!
Save The Dates don’t necessarily need to include engagement photos, but if this is something you’d like to incorporate in yours be sure to plan accordingly! Use your wedding date, once the venue and preliminary details are finalized, and work backwards to determine which month you’ll need to send these babies out. Book your engagement session with your photographer 1-2 months prior to that, which will allow your photographer time to edit and return your photos, and will also give you some time to design Save The Dates. [Tip: photos typically take 2-3 weeks to turn around.]
Engagement photos can also just be really amazing photos that capture not only a special time in your life, but a special part of your wedding planning journey. No pressure to include photos on your wedding stationary 🙂
Regardless of how you plan to use your photos, I chit chatted with one of my favorite local photographers, Kisa, of Kisa Conrad Photography, to get some ideas. If you’re unsure of what to wear, how to pose, where to take photos — I can assure you, you’re not alone! Below are some of her pro tips for a seamless (and fun!) engagement session.
- “Be yourself. Find a photographer that is going to make you comfortable. Not just one that will make you stand there and stare at each other for 5 minutes straight, but one that can make you laugh with your partner. It is awkward for anyone to be in front of a camera, unless you do it for a living, so find someone you are comfortable with and allows you to be yourself.
- Your photographer should be your guide when it comes to picking outfits. Outfits can be hard when photographing in different places. So coordinate with where you are photographing at! Maybe stay away from those hot pinks when photographing at Garden of the Gods. Oh and please don’t show up matchy, matchy. Think about staying with neutral colors that coordinate with your location. There is nothing better than looking back at old photos where the outfit choices were timeless. And a simple accessory like a beautiful necklace or scarf can really add that something to your photos.
- Honestly, whether you wear a lot of makeup or don’t, have a professional do your makeup. This is your time to shine and feel special. There is no better way to do that than feel beautiful. I can’t tell you the number of times where I have photographed someone with their makeup done and they look stunning and the other times someone just wore mascara and foundation. You invested in your photograph, you should invest in yourself. Also, it is always a good time to do a trial run before your wedding with your makeup artist.”
If you’re looking for inspiration check out some of my favorites from Kristin and Ryan’s recent shoot, shot by Erika Greene Photography in Tucson, AZ. How beautiful, right!? (insert heart eyes emoji)
… and if you bring your dog along, and they have to go into time out at some point, that’s okay, too. No shame in the pet photo game.
Who is getting ready to take engagement photos, and where are you shooting? Anyone having a hard time figuring out what your look will be or how to feel at ease for photos? Would love to hear about it in the comments!