When approaching an Engagement photoshoot, many couples find themselves confused in the thought and preparation required to set the right atmosphere. Prior to the session, I often meet with clients and pose a few simple questions to determine the type of picture that best matches the personality of the couple.
1) What type of backdrop do you envision the shoot having?
Some clients are looking for a more rustic, urban photoshoot in the city while others would prefer a carefree shoot in the meadow. In each of those locations, the colors, lighting and mood of the scene lend to a different type of image.
2) What type of wardrobe do you think you'd be wearing?
For the majority of guys, the answer is relatively simple - "ummm... jeans and a collared shirt?"
However, for the bride-to-be, this answer is much more complex. Will you be trying to portray a light, easy-going atmosphere with a bright colored summer dress or are you the type of girl who'd prefer high-heels and a sassy black dress? Thinking about this detail will also relate back to the backdrop you'd like to be in.
3) Do you want to incorporate props or other items for your photoshoot?
Tailoring each engagement shoot to the couple's personality is one of the most important characteristics of a quality shoot. One couple who I just met with this weekend talked about their Boston sports team pride and how we might use some Red Sox apparel to stage the 'Save the Date' shot. Another couple a few weeks back really liked the turn-of-the-century Romantic mindset and therefore wanted a specific location for a more rustic appeal. Props and other carefully thought out items are a great way to be unique. Nonetheless, ensuring that your ideas are really you (and not just something you thought was cool on Instagram or Pinterest) are what will truly make your engagement photos stand out.