Prepping for your engagement shoot – doesn’t sound hard, until it’s time to start planning!

We have so much fun helping clients get photo ready!

Whether it’s a kids session, family shoot or engagement session, there are always things you can do to ensure an amazing experience!

Here are a few ideas on prepping for your engagement shoot so that you look and feel like a million bucks!

And we’re even gonna have the pictures to prove it!

Keep in mind that this is supposed to be fun!

Sometimes weddings can be stressful. This is the perfect time to get together with your honey and bring the focus back to y’all loving on each other.


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Prepping For Your Engagement Shoot

#1 – Outfit Choices

Most of our couples have two outfits for their session: one that’s a bit nicer (slacks and a button up/ long dress and  heels), and one that is more casual (sweater/jeans, tee shirt/shorts).

When you’re trying to decide what to wear, remember this: it’s better to coordinate than to match.

Bright, colorful details (such as jewelry, shoes, etc) are awesome and really POP in photos.

For more suggestions, check out { THIS LINK } for styling yourselves for the shoot!


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#2 – Timing is Everything

Please do everything you can to be on time to your session!

When we schedule the portrait session, it’s usually at a time where we can use the light to our fullest advantage!

If you arrive 15, 20 minutes late for the shoot, you could really be cutting into the valuable time we have before the sun sets for the day.

Trust me – we want all that lucious golden hour light!


swooning over the kiss


And speaking of timing…

#3 – Best Shooting Times

Typically an hour after sunrise and and hour before sunset is the best time to take pictures.

I have done exactly one sunrise photo shoot, and to say that I’m not a morning person is an understatement.

Sunrise is beautiful, but sunset is really when I love making the magic happen!

That soft, gorgeous, warm light is absolutely perfect!


romantic sunset engagement photos

#4 – Get Dolled Up

Prepping for your engagement shoot is a great excuse to splurge on some extra pampering!

We totally recommend having professional hair and makeup done.

I totally practice what I preach, and got all gussied up for our family portrait session!

Usually when you book your wedding makeup artist, they include a trial so you can see what your look will be like at the wedding.

The engagement shoot is a great time to use that trial so you can look and feel your best!

When you feel beautiful, it will radiate from the inside out!

And while we’re on the subject, this is a great time to get your ring cleaned so that your bling is as sparkly as possible!


Romantic city engagement session

#5 – Location, Location, Location

When choosing a location, I always recommend that we pick a place that is special to you as a couple.

If you’re both into books, let’s go to a library and snuggle in the reading nooks.

If wine is more your thing, let’s plan on heading to Mermaid Winery!

Are you both into sports? What about renting out the Tides Stadium?!

The possibilities are endless!

If you’re stumped, feel free to ask for a recommendation. We’re happy to offer suggestions to create the perfect session location for you two!


kissing on the baseball field

Love What You See? Want to Have Your Own Session?!

If you’ve finished looking at this post on prepping for your engagement shoot and are thinking to yourself – I wanna do that too! Awesome!!! We would LOVE to create a custom photo session for you and the ones you love! Feel free to message me by hitting the { CONTACT ME } button or by giving me a call at 757-749-5350. I can’t wait to create some magic for you!