There are several reasons why newly engaged couples take engagement photos. Many times the family of the engaged couple wants to submit an announcement with accompanying photo to the local newspaper. Engagement photos may be used creatively in wedding day decor or included in the wedding invitation. Framed engagement photos also make for great gifts to your families. The best reason to hire a Long Island engagement photographer is to check out the level of quality to determine if you will hire the photographer for the wedding shoot.
Capturing important elements of your union as a couple and the excitement of your engagement is the primary objective in any engagement photo shoot and a few quick tips will guarantee that your engagement photos exceed your expectations.
What to Wear. Your engagement photos will be a timeless reminder of the story of your love and how it all began. Selecting your outfits is an important part of the success of the photo shoot. Wearing dark colors, such as navy blue or dark gray will have a slimming effect. These colors are also classic colors and will not go out of style. Shying away from bright colors will keep the focus on your happiness, not your clothes. Avoid wearing shirts with logos, as these brands will eventually go out of style and will date the photos when you look at them years later. Choosing clothes with classic lines and a more traditional style will ensure that you do not look back at the photo with embarrassment.
Where to Shoot. Outdoor engagement photography sessions are the best way to create a romantic look with natural lighting. You may want to choose a location that is special to you, like a park or garden. Beaches during sunset or urban settings with sunlight appearing through the buildings are both great ideas to capture complimentary lighting in a creative way. If weather does not permit an outdoor shoot, opt for large, open areas with large windows, such as a hotel lobby or museum.
How to Pose. Actually, the secret to an amazing engagement photo shoot is NOT to pose. Acting naturally and expressing your relationship in a way that comes easily to you and your groom to be will lead to photos that most truly communicate your engagement. Staying active during the photo shoot and interacting in a fun and loving way will allow the photographer to capture the essence of the relationship, rather than a static pose.
Bonus Tip: A high quality engagement photographer has years of experience and can be a useful resource. Ask your photographer for suggestions about attire, location, or timing and take advantage of their experience.
Howard Fritz is the founder and principal photographer of Long Island New York based One Fine Day Photographers and Video. He lives in Massapequa Park, New York. He is also the editor of the blog that appears on his website. Follow him on Facebook or Google+