Valentine’s Day: quite possibly the start of your busiest season. It could be the start of your engagement photoshoot season. There’s still time for a few winter weddings, possibly with snow, before the weather warms up, and wedding season gets underway, but in February, engagement shoots are the event on every pro photographers’ mind.
Posing engagement portraits can be tricky; there are lots of things to consider.
- Think about your location: If you know your town well, there should be plenty of different locations and backdrops, so that each of your couples gets something unique to them.
- If you’re travelling with a couple on a destination photoshoot, and you don’t know much about the town you’re going to, do your research. Ask them what they’d like; they’re probably familiar with the place if they picked it. Read the guide book, or just do a search for other engagement shoots in that place.
- Before the shoot, advise your couple on what to wear. Choose complementary rather than clashing colors, unless it’s absolutely their personality to wear clashing outfits.
- Choose classic pieces rather than current fashions, so that the images will stand the test of time. It’s better to have something that will still be pleasant in 30 years’ time, than something that was so much of its time.
- Choose poses that suit the couple. Just as the locations should suit their style, the poses shouldn’t be too far from their natural ways. The key element for an engagement pose is closeness, and smiles! It’s a joyous occasion, so make sure you get images that capture that emotion.
- Be prepared. If the couple want to use one or more of your images for their save the date cards, then take along a few props that could help you add the date element to your photo.
- Have a collection of small items in your kit. Letter tiles, number tiles, marker pens and balloons, even some card to write a message. The couple’s personalities should help you decide what fits for them.
It’s mostly about having lots of creative ideas, and allowing the couple the space to choose what works for them and their personalities. It’s about capturing a few memorable moments that the couple will want to share with their friends to celebrate now, and will want to keep for a lifetime.
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