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How to Prepare for Your Engagement Shoot

Hello all!  Happy one-week-til-Christmas (can you tell I’m a little excited?!)!  A little while ago, I shared with you all my top three reasons why an engagement shoot is a MUST!  Now, I know what you might be thinking… “Okay Sarah, that’s great and all, but what exactly goes into preparing for one of these sessions?”  Well, never fear!  Today, I’m sharing with you how to best prepare for your engagement shoot in order to get the MOST out of your session!

1. Location, Location, Location.  The location you choose sets the mood for the entire shoot!  If there are any specific locations that have special significance to you and/or your fiancee, those would be awesome spots to choose for your shoot- for example, Rick and Laura chose to have their engagement shoot on Virginia Tech’s campus, where they both attended school (they even called in and had Lane Stadium opened especially for us- talk about going above and beyond!).  If you’re having trouble deciding on a location, places with interesting architecture and/or include a variety of textures (brick, tall grasses, etc.) often make great choices!

2. What to Wear.  First of all, feel free to bring multiple outfits!  Switching from more casual clothing to a more formal ensemble changes the feel of the shots and creates a greater range of photos for you!  Jewel tones, saturated colors, and bright colors all look awesome on camera, and don’t feel the need to get super “matchy-matchy” with each other.  But the biggest tip of all- wear something that you LOVE and looks like YOU!

3. Props.  I do not bring props with me to engagement sessions- however, by no means does that mean I don’t love them!  So if you have a certain prop that you want to use in your session, please feel free to bring it along!  Props can add a really cute and personal touch to your shoot!  A great idea that I’ve seen is to work your wedding date into a prop and use that photo for your save the dates, or to create an image for your thank-you notes using a prop!

And you all know me… it’s not a blog post without a photo!  JMU’s beautiful Christmas tree on the quad!  :)

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