An engagement session lets you have tons of fun together in a casual way, something you may not have on your wedding day when all of the craziness kicks in and you're surrounded by all your guests and partying. Not only that, engagement photos are some of the most important memories you will ever have as you look back in the years to come. It's of you two in love and together, sharing a time that can be intimate and personal, and uniquely you. These pictures are all about you two as a couple, so anything goes when it comes to preparing! Your clothes can represent who you are, or reflect what you love to do together. You can bring a casual every day outfit to have fun in. A more formal outfit can also dress up your session for a romantic look. What are your hobbies or interests together. Do you like hunting? What about your camo gear? The options are endless! Props also make any photo shoot fun and personalized. For example, do you have any favorite hobbies? Think musical instruments, sports team jerseys, quilts, vehicles and pets. Again, whatever appeals to you! A good location can really make a session and set the tone for your photos. Brainstorm for places that might work, and don't be afraid to think outside of the box. Is there a beautiful field full of flowers near your home? An old dilapidated barn, or rusted truck that you can think of? What about the first place you met, or where the proposal took place.
Whatever you decide, be ready to have some fun together in front of the camera!
Bridal sessions are a great to have a trial run of your hair and make up, to try on your dress after alterations, test your shoes and just feel like a glam bride with a beautiful, glamorous session just for you! For bridals, recommend you bring: A white sheet to sit down or lay on ground so your dress doesn't get dirty. A pair of flats or flip flops so you don't have to walk around in heels. Be comfortable! A bouquet or flowers similar to what you'll have for your wedding. A friend to be your moral support and to help you with your dress and props.
A first look session is a new type of session getting more and more popular in wedding photography. This is when the bride and groom sets aside time before their ceremony to see each other in private for a shared moment together before all of the excitement starts for the rest of the day! For a photographer, it helps to capture those memorable first moments as the couple sees another for the first time and share in an emotional moment together, alone and intimately. The photos from first looks are some of the most treasured; it records the groom's genuine reaction at seeing his beautiful bride for the first time. A traditional timeline of a wedding is generally built around managing two groups without exposing the couple to each other before the ceremony. Because of this, large group shots of the wedding party and family is not usually done until after the ceremony, during the beginning of the reception. A first look timeline allows time to be set before the ceremony for the couple to see one another, then gather the family and wedding party together to do group photos before the ceremony. This allows the guests and family to leave immediately after the ceremony for the reception, and gives the couple more time together before and after to get their romantic portraits together. The more time a photographer has with their couple, the more creative we can all be with locations and poses. These are the photos that often go into albums and on the walls. Then, the couple can let loose, and join the party!
This photo session allows couples to return at a later date, whenever they are ready, to have a much more romantic, and less pressured session with their photographer. The bride can get into her dress again, the groom can wear something nice, and the couple can have their portraits done at a favorite venue or location, for more romantic images. The Trash the Dress session is an example of this session, but you don't have to trash your dress to get this done!
Written By:Melissa McInnis,
owner of Bliss Photography
**All photo credits belong to Bliss Photography.