Why are engagement photos important? First of all if you are shy or haven't been in front of a camera much this is the best way to get comfortable. If don't have much experience posing for photos, or just opening a lot of time with a camera following you, this is the best opportunity to get used to before your wedding day. I personally think photos are the most important part of any celebration. Unlike cakes, expensive flowers or temporary make up they will stay with you forever. You will not only look back at your elopement pictures right after you receive your gallery (yay, that day is exciting!), but also years later. You will remember your amazing adventure step by step.. as it was happening. During their wedding couples often are so overwhelmed by how much is going on, that they don't remember much...till they receive their photos.
By hiring an elopement photographer to do your engagement photos you're going to see if they are a good for your big day. The chemistry with a photographer is so important. It's very likely you'll be spending the majority of your elopement day together, so the comfort level and overall vibe is crucial. By doing engagement photos you not only find out if you like them as a person, you like the final edited gallery but also you build that trust and comfort that's s important.
Another reason why engagement photos are important is the obvious..They will be the reminder of how exciting you both felt to spend the rest of your lives together.
What to Wear for Engagement Photos
This is really up to you. Many couples choose to wear more casual clothes such as jeans, shirts or dresses. You want to be comfortable but also look cute. I always recommend avoid wearing plain white and black clothes, or anything that will blend with the background (bright green on green etc), no abstract patterns or stripes. Natural, earthy, pastel colors (think brown, shades of green, yellow, orange) are best but a little contrast with the landscape is also a good idea. Feel free to bring hats, but avoid sunglasses. Check out some inspiration below.
How to Be Comfortable in Front of the Camera
That's a hard one if you're shy or a little bit awkward. Ironically as much as I love taking photos of others, I hate photos taken of me. So I understand. The best advice I give my clients is just enjoy the moment, be yourselves, bring your favorite playlist, pretend I am not there. One of my strengths is making people comfortable so I'll do my best to help you relax and just have fun with it.
So are you ready?