Yesterday I shared a glimpse into our engagement session and my top 5 tips for what we did to prepare a successful engagement session on our end. These are tips that I recommend to all my clients, and now being on the other side of the camera I can say what worked for us!
Today I’m sharing second set of 5 tips for what we did to prepare for our session! Plus I’m sharing the second half of our engagement photos!
To read Part 1 of our engagement session head here!
06 | Packed a few personal hygiene products and goodies to stay feeling great during our session
The middle of your session, when you’re changing outfits, is the perfect time to do a little check and make sure you’re still looking great! This is totally necessary during those hot Southern Summer months! Here’s my quick check list for what you should pack to make sure you’re feeling great in front of the camera.
- Water! Stay hydrated
- Hair brush
- Hair Spray
- Oil Absorbing Sheets
- Dry Shampoo
- Anything else you feel would be helpful in staying fresh during your session!
07 | Steamed our clothes and didn’t put them on till we got to our location
Now this one might sound excessive, but I promise it’s not! Many of the fabrics we wore do wrinkle easily and those wrinkles WILL show up in photos. So if you’re anal like me and get bothered about weird imperfections in pictures, steam your clothes, hang them in your car, and put them on on site. Trust me…it’s a good idea!
08 | Exercised Mr. Peabody before hand so he’d cooperate
Mr. Peabody is pretty well behaved, but he gets full of energy when we go somewhere new. I made sure to take him on an extra long walk and exhaust him prior to our session so he’d cooperate and be calm(ish) in front of the camera.
If you’re bringing your pet to your session make sure they have had plenty of exercise before hand. Bonus – If you can arrange it, have an extra set of hands come to your session to handle your pup so you can continue to stay focused on your session with your photographer without worrying about your pup!
09 | Communicated with our photographer about weird things we were sensitive to or didn’t like
Everyone has a favorite angle or things they would love, or not love to have photographed! For me…it’s my chin…I’m not a fan. For Joel, he is always squinting and can’t keep his eyes open well outside, so he always wears sunglasses. We communicated both these things with our photographer and just asked her to pay attention or help us if Joel was squinting or if I was at a weird angle.
By communicating these sorts of things ahead of time you can ensure that your photographer is doing everything to help you look your best and you can put it out of your mind and enjoy the session.
10 | We wrote vows/notes to exchange after our session
Joel and I wrote vows to each other and hopes we have for this season of engagement. We had every intent of reading them to each other at the end of our session (because hello…all the crying and mascara would be a mess) but totally got swept away in the canoe excitement at the end of our session (see below)! So once we got home from our session, we opened our vow books and exchanged our hopes and wishes with each other.
This was probably one of the best things we did for our session. This really allowed us to reflect, laugh, cry, and get excited about where we’re headed in our relationship and really make our engagement session special.
I hope these tips help you prepare a fun, beautiful, stress free, and loving engagement session! Thanks for following along behind the scenes of our session.
P.S. – If you have things you did to make your session flawless and extra special I’d love to hear about it in the comments below! I’m always looking to find ways to help each and every couple have a beautiful, calm, and unique session.
Photographer | Anna Shackleford
Bouquet | Mary Wynn with Amy Osaba
Bouquet Ribbons | Tono + Co.
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.