We are quickly approaching wedding season and one of the most frequently asked questions I get is about engagement shoots. There is so much to think about when planning a wedding, but an engagement shoot is a place to have fun and create special memories with your future hubby before the big day. I’ve compiled a list of my 5 top tips to making the most of your upcoming engagement or photoshoot.
Okay, so this may seem obvious.. but in my opinion it is one of the most important ingredients for a next level photoshoot. Do your research and find a location that speaks to you! Different locations are at their peak at different times. For example, I waited an entire year to be able to shoot at this incredible almond blossom orchard that only blooms for a few weeks in March-April. I had it on my calendar all year so that I would remember to take advantage of it!!
Another obvious but overlooked tip is to go at the best time of day. It might seem appealing to schedule a photoshoot in the middle of the day, but the harsh shadows and poor direct light might actually have you crying. Schedule your photoshoot at sunrise or sunset to take advantage of natures facetune that makes everything look better. Also keep your location in mind when thinking about timing! The sun rises and sets at different times depending on where you are. For example, if you are shooting in the mountains the sun might go down much sooner than if your are in open space! Once you’ve decided on a location either visit it at sunrise or sunset beforehand to see what the best time to go is, or ask your photographer for their suggestion based on the location!!
I know this might not be possible for everyone, but try to go on a week day if possible! Typically locations are less busy on a weekday (aka no people in the background ruining the shot) and if you feel at all awkward in front of a camera, less people around will be key! Play hookie with your significant other and make a fun day of it! After the photoshoot, maybe grab a nice dinner and some drinks to unwind!
THIS. This is SO important. I swear an outfit has the ability to make or break a photoshoot. I urge you to grab a glass of wine and online shop your heart out. Buy something new that you will feel amazing in and will actually be excited to wear. Preferably something flowy because it gives more range for posing and with the right light it can just be magical!! I don’t think you can ever go wrong with a Bliss Tulle Top and Skirt! There are so many different combinations that are insanely flattering and create such a fairytale vibe! I wear one any chance I get! In these photos I am wearing one of their newest styles, the Chloe Hi-Lo Tulle Skirt, which creates the most beautiful train and automatically flows as you walk. There is a reason why everyone is talking about Bliss Tulle right now! They are being featured in magazines such as Glamour, Elle and Cosmopolitan, as well as on the top wedding websites, such as Wedding Chicks and Ruffled Blog!! They are the dreamiest!!!
The smallest additions can make the biggest difference. Perhaps a flower crown, statement earrings or a cute picnic setup. Find something unique that you can interact with! I LOVE incorporating flowers into my photoshoots. In my opinion, the more the better and flower crowns have been my never-ending obsession. This flower crown that Violette Fleurs made for the photoshoot had actual succulents in it!! It was incredible and made every single photo more magical. I paired it with Raven & Riley statement earrings to give the feminine look a more bohemian vibe and to accent the succulents.
I hope you guys enjoyed my 5 tips for your next photoshoot!! If you decide to recreate this look for an upcoming engagement or photoshoot, make sure to DM me the photo and I will feature in on my IG Stories!! Happy Wednesday and <almost> Spring!!
Photos by Anna Perevertaylo Photography