As far as wedding photographers go we’re sure that most of you (if not all of you) have been doing your research and are looking for tips and tricks that you can use when shooting a wedding. But, there is something that initially a lot of wedding photographers do forget to consider, yet they are expected to offer this service as part of their wedding photography package. Of course, this is the engagement photoshoot! Engagement sessions are a great way to connect with your clients, but they are very different from the gruelling marathon of photographing a wedding and that’s exactly what we’re going to be getting into today.
The Engagement Photoshoot – At a photoshoot of this nature, you’ll have a lot more time than you do on the wedding day of the happy couple to set up poses and get to know the husband and wife to be fairly well. There are quite a few tips that we would like to give you in this article (five to be exact) that will help you to nail the engagement session and your engagement photo poses. Let’s delve into the first tip...
Engagement Photoshoot Tip #1: Simplicity Is Key - Engagement Shoots should always follow the KISS principle (Keep It Simple) particularly when it comes to posing. Basic wedding photographer poses always help to get the best shots and help the session to flow smoothly. Pick poses that you know in advance will be flattering and comfortable to both the future Bride and the Groom. It can be good to have a few “go-to” poses, just so you can roll them out in order to capture those beautiful shots!
Engagement Photoshoot Tip #2: The Less Equipment, The Better - Following the “Keep It Simple” rule, less is always more when it comes to choosing camera gear for an engagement shoot. Even though the engagement shoot is shorter than the wedding day, there should be plenty of movement involved, but how will you be able to see this kind of gig through if you have too much equipment to carry around? If planned right, one camera body (with a backup) and two or three of your favourite lenses should be enough to see this event through sufficiently.
Engagement Photoshoot Tip #3: Be Clear – This is usually the first time that you’ll be working with the couple, after having had either your first or multiple set of meetings beforehand of course. Since this is usually your first time working with the couple, be sure to be extra clear with posing instructions and engage in light-hearted conversation and direction throughout the session. Engagement shoots can be great practice before the wedding gig. It allows you to get to know the couple and vice-versa. It also helps to establish trust in advance and gives both parties an idea of how the events of the wedding day will unfold.
Engagement Photoshoot Tip #4: Keep Things Interesting – When capturing both wedding images and engagement images, you’re going to want to keep things interesting for your client as they flick through the photographs you’ve taken. Posing may be simple, but the shooting angles do not have to be. Think very close up and very far away for more variation. When you have a variety of angles to shoot from, your portfolio becomes more diverse, helping you attract ideal clients when you share the images, as well as producing a stunning variety of images for your clients to enjoy.
Engagement Photo Shoot Tip #5: Incorporate Your Environment – It's all very well capturing those standards shots that are absolute must haves, but once you’ve got those in the bag, try to get creative and use your surroundings to capture truly unique and wonderful images at your client’s engagement photo shoot. For example, if you find yourself in a field with tall grasses and wildflowers, consider posing the couple in the grasses, then position yourself to include some out-of-focus greenery in the foreground of the image. It can help add visual interest and establish where you are location wise. When you’re still learning how to take engagement photos, focusing on the natural landscape around you will dramatically help. Engagement photo poses that incorporate the environment draw a connection between the location and the couple, creating a wonderful dynamic.