Engagement Session Tips

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0278_081212_Shin-ADesatThe choice to have professional engagement photographs is a personal one for each couple. Couples who will have a formal engagement announcement printed, send save the date products, or want to practice getting comfortable in front of the camera often choose to work with their wedding photographer for an engagement session. We have some tips to help you get ready for your engagement session.

What To Expect

Besides being an opportunity to get some great photos of you two, an engagement session let’s you practice loosening up so you can be yourself around your photographer. This is a great opportunity to share your creative vision, practice some fun poses, and get ready for close-ups on your big day!


Choose a location that tells something about the two of you. First dates, proposals, favorite hang outs, all of these can make great spots for the engagement shoot. Pick a theme to your session, choose a season you love, or let your photographer guide you through the choices. The engagement session is all about the two of you.

0116_081212_ShinWhat to wear

Choose simple patterns or solid colors that complement each other. If one of you will be wearing a pattern, we recommend the other wear a solid. There is no need to match each other with the same shade shirt and jeans. You should look like you are going to the same event – not like twins.

Medium to dark shades create a timeless look.

Soft shades enhance lighter backgrounds.

Long-sleeved shirts are best since short sleeves can be distracting and sleeveless tops can look too casual. If you want to wear a sleeveless shirt, bring a sweater or jacket for some of the images.

Select small accessories that do not detract, such as simple earrings, pins and necklaces. Too emphasize your engagement ring, consider not wearing other rings for your session. You’ll likely want shots of your sparkler so a manicure is a must!

Just like your wedding day attire, you’ll want a great fit for your engagement session clothing too. Clothing that is too loose or too tight will capture your attention in the photographs.

Your shoes will show in some of your images, so it might be best to leave the old sneakers behind.


Pinterest is full of ideas and props to use for your engagement session. While it can be fun to pin a lot to your inspiration board, it can be more challenging to incorporate them all into your engagement session. It’s a good idea to narrow down your choices and consider which ones will be easiest to haul around your shooting locations.

Chalkboards are a versatile prop for your session. They can help to save the date or share a message.

Blankets and picnic baskets are perfect for a simple, romantic vibe.

Hearts, flowers and other fun items can add a playful feeling to your engagement images.

Complimentary (or competing) jerseys can share your love of your favorite team and work well if visiting stadium locations.

Cosmetic Tips

If your makeup artist for your wedding day offers a trial run of your wedding day look, consider doing so for your engagement session.

If you’ll be doing your own makeup, you may want to amp it up a bit. Playing up your eyes is great for photos so going a little heavier with your shadow or using false eyelashes can be a great look.

Glitter products and mineral wear makeup may reflect light in an unnatural way so you might want to use them minimally or not at all.

Lip gloss is great until you’re outside on a windy day. Choose your lip wear carefully.

0229_081212_ShinQuick Tips

You’ll probably do some walking. A pair of flip flops is perfect to wear between locations; you can slip on your heels before photography starts.

Bring a bottle of water. It’s important to stay hydrated.

If you plan to include your pet, bring a dog handler with you.

Let your photographer know any props you will be bringing to the engagement session so they can plan accordingly.

What to do with the images

Engagement session images are perfect for framing in a signature matte, creating a guest sign in book, using for save the date card and magnets, or guest favors such as bookmarks.


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