Here at Bayside there are few things that we love more than a good engagement shoot! Being able to share picture-perfect couples and their love stories is always a thrill. Over the years we have had the pleasure of sharing some fabulous engagement sessions which is why we have created our very own guide to the perfect engagement shoot. We have reached out to a few of our favorite photographers and vendors who have provided their tips and insight on how to have the best engagement shoot possible.
When it comes down to choosing a location, the first step is to pick someplace that has significance to you as a couple- we love it when couples share bits of their love story through location & setting! Brittani Croft, who beautifully captured Brittney and Jimmy’s engagement on the Patuxent, says, “The best locations are those that have personal meaning to you. If it’s special to you and allows you two to feel connected and relaxed, that’s all you need.” Something else to consider when choosing a location is to pick someplace where you will feel comfortable getting your picture taken. Danielle Giannandrea of Dani Leigh Photography says, “The rule of thumb that I follow is do not pick somewhere you are not comfortable kissing. If you are not into PDA, definitely pick somewhere with a private feel.” Editors, Krista and Natalie have even compiled a two-part list of the best engagement shoot locations along the Chesapeake! Check them out here and here!
Deciding what to wear for your engagement shoot can be tough, but we’ve got three guidelines that will make your decision a little bit easier. First, be sure to wear something comfortable. Danielle says, “Don’t wear something that you are going to be uncomfortable sitting in or something that you are constantly worrying about. You know what flatters you- we all have a favorite shirt or dress- wear that!” Second, don’t be afraid to wear color. Color can add a lot to photos and, as Danielle says, “It totally translates so much about you as an individual and you as a couple.” Finally, ACCESSORIZE. Our very own Krista Jones, of Krista Jones Photography, says, “Accessories make a huge difference in outfits!” Statement necklaces and shoes are a great way to dress up an outfit. And don’t forget that guys can accessorize, too! Bow-ties and suspenders are both fantastic options that add a little fun to an outfit.
Comfort is key for an engagement shoot! One of the most important things is that a couple feels comfortable in front of the camera. Krista says, “Posing and taking photos doesn’t comes naturally to 99% of my couples so I walk them through posing and try to make them laugh and interact with one another throughout the session.” If your nerves are getting the best of you on the day of your shoot try to relax by connecting with your photographer. Amanda of Amanda McMahon Photography says, “In order to help the couple be more comfortable with both me and the camera I will ask how they met, what they like to do in their spare time, and try to really engage with them and show them that I can relate to them in some form or another.” And if that doesn’t help, Krista says, “It doesn’t hurt to have a drink before your session!”
Make it Your Own
Finally, don’t forget to add personal touches to your shoot. One of the great things about engagement photos is that they are an opportunity for you to share part of your love story. Britt says that she encourages couples to bring their four-legged friends, while Amanda likes to include props or items that hold significant meaning to the couple.
But most importantly, have fun! Your engagement photos are something that you will cherish forever so make the most of your shoot! Don’t forget to check out all of the fabulous photographers on our vendor list for a chance to see more of their stunning engagement sessions!