Nobody was around to witness our original proposal (except one of Erich's housemates who figured he better not interfere with all the screaming going on outside). We started off the shoot with a recreation of the moments leading up to our engagement!
Get engagement photos ASAP after your engagement. There's more happiness to capture in the immediate days after the engagement before wedding planning starts and papers are due!
You will spend a ridiculous amount of time picking out your outfit.
Tip: Wear coordinating colors, not matching, and get engaged to a guy with a nice wardrobe.
P.S. Pinterest has nothing helpful on this subject.
Speaking of Pinterest, share your pose ideas with the photographer via a Pinterest page. It makes everything smoother, faster, and more to your particular tastes.
Posed kissing is hard! It's tough to make kisses look realistic when your lips are posed in the same place for longer than two seconds. (Erich was particularly bad at this, but there are some outtakes that suggest I struggle with the same issue....)
You will feel stupid and happy with your face scrunched up against your fiancé's for thirty minutes. Roll with it.
Tip: Just go ahead and laugh. It makes for some cute photos.
I've been releasing the engagement photos one by one on Facebook along with little updates about wedding planning or cute Erich anecdotes. This really allows both viewers and yourself to enjoy the art and emotion of each photo, as opposed to a mass engagement photo release. It's also a great way to count down to the wedding day! (Bah-humbug to all those haters who get grumpy about floods of Facebook sappiness!)
Your photographer makes or breaks your engagement photos.
Tip: Go to school with a bubbly photographer who says only positive things about
your awkward coupleness.
Save your dramatic photos for the end when your face is too tired from smiling. Bam. Glamour shot.
Guys, you know what to do when the photographer asks if you have any more pose ideas.
Sha-la-la-la kiss the girl.
Girls, don't over-analyze the photos....and just practice for the wedding day. ;)
PC: Elena Marie's Photography | The beautiful Elena and Brooke, a photography and make-up team, completely pampered me for our engagement photo session! Brooke not only did my make-up like a pro -- she offered to bring me coffee, played my favorite music, and gave me a bunch of chocolate! "We're going to make you the Disney princess version of you!" she kept telling me. (And she did. Perfectly.) And then Elena snapped a bunch of gorgeous engagement photos! I highly recommend both of them for affordable, professional, personable work.