Picture Perfect Weddings by Ian Grant Photography [portfolio / contact]
You've found your perfect partner, decided to get married, and are now in the heart of your engagement. First of all, congratulations! Whether you've already booked your photographer, are currently researching photographers, or are ready to schedule your engagement session, we have engagement photo ideas and tips to help you plan.
Engagement sessions may or may not be included in your wedding photography package, but Ian and I think engagement sessions are a must have. Not only are they a great way for you to learn how your photographer works and for you to get comfortable in front of the camera, they help your photographer learn how to best photograph you. It might sound silly, but some people really do have better angles! Even more important, they're a fun excuse for you to get dressed up and have some professional photos taken.
There are lots of things you can do with your engagement session, and we recommend picking a location or activity that is special to you. Do you love the beach? Enjoy wine tasting together? Any of these can make great shoots.
Also keep in mind your goal for the shoot. You may decide to use the images in some of the ways we'll list in Part II, and that might impact your location. We have had couples shoot in a similar type of location as their wedding venue to use as save the dates (like Jesse and Miranda's modern engagement photos, below), but we've also had couples mix it up - going with modern architecture at the shoot to contrast with a rustic location, to display in their wedding day decor.
What to Wear
Your location will guide the kind of outfits you choose, but we recommend wearing outfits that coordinate and compliment each other without being overly match-matchy.
Earth tones tend to compliment most people, but pattern and bold color also photograph well. Keep in mind that very bold colors, such as red, really draw your eye and overshadow other colors in a shoot. If you're planning to wear red, make sure your partner has a color that can hold its own as well. Whatever you wear, make it something you love. You can also bring an alternate outfit or two for a different feel, as long as you'll have a place to make a quick outfit change.
Makeup and Hair
Makeup and hair are, of course, a matter of personal preference, but if you're on the fence about hiring a professional, we say go for it. Having your hair and makeup done can really enhance your images and help you shine. Plus, if you're all dressed up you can follow the shoot with a date night!
Time of Day
We love to shoot an hour or so before sunset to get lovely, glowy light. Keep in mind that sunset times vary not only by season but also by location. That means if you're at the base of some mountains, the shadows they cast are going to going to make it dark earlier than it would be if you were standing at the top of the mountains. Plan ahead to get the most out of your time.
What to Expect
Note: This section is specific to how we work at Ian Grant Photography but we hope it helps for your general planning.
Come shoot day, we'll meet you at your location of choice. Since most couples aren't used to being in front of a big camera, we might suggest a few poses for you. From there it's all about capturing how you interact with each other - kisses, hugs, high-fives and all. The key is to just be you because the shoot is about documenting your joy together. We will walk around your location to get a mix of these lightly posed images and some candid shots.
We shoot until we have a nice range of images for you, typically about an hour to an hour and a half. After, we deliver an online gallery and disk of edited images. You can then order sign-in books, etc.