Congratulations on your engagement! Thank you for choosing us to photograph your special moments. We’ve put together this guide to help you prepare for your engagement shoot. Of course, these are just suggestions, and you don’t have to follow them at all if you don’t want to.
Try to schedule your shoot for a day when both of you are off work to reduce your stress. You want to look your best in your photos, so try to get a good night’s sleep the night before, and try to arrive to the shoot well fed. Being hungry during a shoot is no fun and will impact your experience and your photos. The best advice we can give you on planning out clothes is first and foremost to pick an outfit that represents your style and personality, but is also comfortable. If you’re uncomfy in what you’re wearing, you’ll look uncomfy in your photos.
An important part of choosing outfits together with your future husband is to make sure your colors coordinate but don’t match. Aim to wear colors that compliment each other. For the groom, make sure his clothes are not baggy and are well fitted. If you’re feeling stuck and need some advice, you can reach out to me; I’d be happy to help choose color combos! (My wife tells me I have a good eye for color coordination.) Another important thing is to make sure you and your fiancé match in your level of dressiness; if you choose to wear something dressy, make sure your fella does too!
When picking what to wear, think about the current season. For spring and summer, long, flowing dresses and skirts look best, adding energy and movement to photos. Floral prints with lighter colors look especially flattering. For fall and winter, consider layering clothes since it can get pretty chilly. You can also bring a jacket or scarf to accessorize. Adding bold colors like dark oranges and burgundy can look very festive. In any season, wearing neutral colors such as blush, light blues, grays, and cream are great starting points.
The biggest tip we can give here is to remind your groom to be that this is the perfect time to practice spending time in front of the camera with your wedding photographer. You will feel more comfortable and have established trust with your photographer so that on your wedding day you will not stress over feeling camera shy! Try to practice some posing at home, such as eskimo kisses and looking at each other while touching foreheads. Make sure he is fed. Plan something exciting and fun afterwards for both of you. Be encouraging. If he says, “I cant do those poses,” remind him how great he is at making you laugh and how much fun you guys have just being together. I’ll basically just be taking photos of that!
Right after sunrise or around sunset. If you don’t want to get up when the roosters are making coffee, the best time to shoot is about 1 hour before sunset. This time is known as golden hour and will give your photos a beautiful, soft, glowing light.
The Grahams are Massachusetts wedding photographers serving fun loving, relaxed and laid back couples in New England.