When the time comes to book a photographer for your wedding day, it will most likely be your first experience with this kind of thing – where do you start? Relax, as this article will aid you in the decision making process. There are many important decisions to be made in planning a wedding, and your choice in photographer will certainly play a part in your overall experience. Read the full article >>
Lisa & Kevin’s autumn wedding was an afternoon coverage absolutely perfect for their photography needs. Rodman Hall, at Brock University made for a wonderful backdrop to their images, and we had plenty of time to explore the entire grounds. Beautiful Rockaway Glen Golf Course and Winery completed the theme to their Niagara Region wedding, and Cathy Davis, of Kettle Creek Weddings officiated the most perfect ceremony. If you are considering planning your wedding in southern Ontario’s wine region, strongly consider these incredible vendors.
Most brides don’t have the luxury of hiring a professional stylist when it comes to their engagement shoot, but with a little bit of creativity you and your husband-to-be can be the most stunning couple on and off camera. It’s always best to bring at least five outfits for each of you so that you can have a variety of choices. Always keep in mind that when it comes to your choice in outfit, it should be appropriate for your chosen location. For example, you won’t be wearing a bikini in the middle of a forest would you? Unless you are sticking to a medieval theme, then your outfits should be more or less simple and well-coordinated with each other, but not too “matchy” with each other. You can also check out The Sartorialist and Garance Dore for more style inspiration.
Do you remember the day when your husband proposed to you? Relish that moment, and with that thought in your mind, just exude that light and love to your husband and to the camera as well. If you want to highlight your engagement ring, you should wear less accessories and stick to classic ones like a pair of pearl earrings. When it comes to your outfits, avoid busy patterns and really loud colors such as reds and oranges as it may overwhelm the whole color scheme of your shoot.
Since you’re ready with your wardrobe, your attitude as a couple should also match. Be comfortable and candid with each other. It might take a while to get used to the camera but your engagement photos will be phenomenal when you just work together to just naturally show off your chemistry.
Soon after the engagement is an absolutely wonderful time to take photos with your new fiancé. The groom-to-be will be bursting with happiness and confidence, and the bride-to-be will be radiant and beautiful. Whatever the case, you should take the opportunity to capture your happiness with a fun photo shoot. Plus, you can use these photos in wedding announcements and invitations! Here are 5 tips for a great engagement photo shoot.
1. Meet The Photographer
Generally, this is a good idea whenever hiring a photographer for anything. However, for engagement shoots, it becomes even more important. Whereas wedding photos are usually staged and practiced, engagement photos work best when they are happy, natural, and candid. Meeting and spending time with the photographer will help you to feel at ease during the shoot, which should ultimately result in better photos.
2. Use Fun Settings
Don’t just settle for an engagement shoot in your back yard. Consider fun settings around town. People should see your engagement photos as fun and romantic, and these sorts of images are easiest to achieve in environments that naturally inspire playfulness and beauty. Spend some time scoping out the town or considering favourite spots for shoot locations.
3. Stay Candid
As mentioned, engagement photos work best when they’re fun and natural, and that means it’s important to stay candid. Instead of posing for photos, have your photographer follow you on a date, or watch you during an activity. Newly engaged couples, after all, certainly don’t have to stage open and buoyant affection!
4. Try Fun Themes
In addition to finding fun settings around town for your shoot, you may also want to consider specific themes. This is your best shot to be creative, whether that means taking photos in and around water, coordinating your attire to match your surroundings, etc.
5. Take Your Time
Finally, don’t rush your engagement photo shoot. It can be tempting to treat this shoot as a checklist item along the way to preparing for your wedding. However, the best way to get legitimate, candid photos is to take your time and relax doing it. Hire a photographer to follow you for a whole day, or even a whole weekend, and you’ll be sure to end up with some beautiful pictures. Check out Marta & Jordan’s fun, fall engagement session at Paletta Lakefront Mansion.
From former wedding photography clients who are adding to their families, and travel to exotic locations, this post is a small collection of some of the events I have been able to be a part of through the work. This career has taken me to San Francisco & exploring northern California (the Redwoods are truly breathtaking) to Los Angeles, and the high dessert of Joshua Tree California. Montreal, Jamaica, Punta Cana, and The Dominican Republic were all stops along the wedding photography route, as well as so many interesting parts of the Greater Toronto Area and my home Province of Ontario.