How we planned our engagement session | part 1
I’m pumped to finally share MY OWN engagement session on the blog today! Joel and I scheduled our engagement photos a few months back and had such a blast on the other side of the camera. I thought it would be fun to not only share our engagement photos (I’m totally in love with them!), but more importantly share how we crafted a session we absolutely loved and enjoyed. I hope our experience can help you plan the engagement session of your dreams, have a good time, and get photos you cherish.
I’m splitting this into a two part series to dive deep into the ins and outs of our session. First up, today I’m sharing the top 5 things we did to ensure we had a session we enjoyed AND got photos we loved!
01 | Decided on the mood and vibe we wanted for our session before doing any planning. Bring on the mood board!
Before we got planning we first talked about what vibe and feeling we wanted for this session. We love being outdoors and hiking through the mountains, so a session in the mountains felt like the perfect fit for our engagement session. Outside is where we have our best conversations and where we’re most intentional with our time together.
Once we decided on having a mountain filled session, I started looking for photos that would help me put together a mood board for this shoot. Crafting a mood board not only helped me pull together good elements on our end, but helped me communicate with our photographer and florist(s) what we were looking to achieve.
Note | When putting together a mood board, I recommend pulling photos that help you figure out the vibe and elements you want to pull into your session. DO NOT use this as a shot list. I recommend instead hiring a photographer you trust that will help guide you through poses.
Here’s my inspiration board of the mood and vibe I wanted for our engagement session.
02 | Found a photographer we felt comfortable with and would capture us well!
Just because I photograph couple’s regularly doesn’t mean I am confident on the other side of the camera. I wanted to make sure we had someone take our photos that I could be goofy in front of and feel like myself.
Finding a photographer you feel comfortable with and in front of is key to crafting beautiful photos! If you’re uncomfortable, it will read in your images. When searching for a photographer, I recommend finding someone that you connect with. It’s important to love their work of course, but it’s equally important to connect with the photographer themselves. It will make for a much better session!
03 | Discussed what to expect to ensure we were on the same page before showing up to our engagement session
Before showing up for our session we discussed what our day would look like. We planned out our meals, transportation time, session time, and all the details in advance. By doing this, Joel and I were on the same page which made sure both of us knew what to expect. We both knew how long the session would take, where it would be, etc.
Note for Brides | Be sure to loop in your partner to when, where, and how long your session will take. If your partner is uninformed about what to expect they might think the session will take 10 minutes, then if the session lasts well over an hour they’ll start to get irritated. Set expectations from the very beginning to set your session up for success.
04 | Made sure we weren’t hangry or tired going into our session
This might sound excessive….and I don’t know about you, but when I’m tired and hungry I’m not a super pleasant person and neither is Joel! So we made sure to eat dinner and to be well rested to prepare for our session. I also made sure I had a pretty relaxing day leading up to our session so I could feel at ease instead of running around last minute like a crazy person.
These are simple things, but can make all the difference for your session! I recommend eating, sleeping, packing snacks, and packing everything ahead of time to ensure a relaxing and easy going session.
05 | Picked out outfits we’d love years from now
If you know me, you know I’m AAAALLLLL about those neutrals! Yes, I love neutral colors in general, but I also love them because they’re timeless. By choosing clothes that are in a neutral color pallet we could ensure a few things:
01. That the outfits we picked would look pretty timeless and not age out our photos quickly. I wanted to ensure our engagement pictures would be something we love for years to come. I didn’t want to look back and regret our outfit choices, so neutrals it was!
02. Neutral colors don’t draw away from us as people. For engagement sessions I believe the focus should be on the couple. I wanted to make sure when you looked at our photos you noticed us first and not our clothes, neutrals help accomplish that!
Well, that’s it for today!
Now…here’s a sneak peak into the first half of our engagement session! Stay tuned tomorrow for 5 more tips you can use to prepare for your own engagement session and some more photos!
Photographer | Anna Shackleford
Bouquet | European Floral
Skirt | Chichwish
Earrings | J Crew
Joel’s Shirt | Everlane
Dog Leash and Collar | The Foggy Dog
Note | I have no affiliation with any of the companies linked here. These are linked here for your reference.