Last week we shared some fantastic tips on how to propose. Today we have some great tips from Husar Photography on engagement photos.
Engagement photos are really important. This is not just because you need cute photos to put on your save-the-date cards or your custom guest book (although that is a fun byproduct). This is an important step because it allows you to get comfortable in front of the camera and get to know your wedding photographer. I promise, you do not want your wedding day to be the first time you have a photographer capturing your every move. Other than your wedding planner, your photographer is the vendor you will be spending the most time with on your wedding day. Being comfortable around them and making sure they know your personalities and how you interact as a couple, is absolutely imperative.
We were so enamored with our clients, Caitlin and Melissa’s, engagement photos that we simply had to share them with you. We also asked Chad to share his tips on making the most of your engagement shoot.
Let’s talk engagement photos! When choosing locations for your engagement photos we encourage you to select spots that are truly special or meaningful to you. If you don’t have any specific spots in mind give your photographer some general guidance about things you like to do as a couple, favorite places to visit, restaurant’s you enjoy etc… Let your photographer know what you love about Chicago (or whatever city you are doing the shoot in). Is it the neighborhood you live in? Being downtown? The grittiness of the city? The skyline, or maybe the parks? Allow your photographer to be your expert guide; they know all of the hidden gems in the area and can take you to places you never even knew existed.
When preparing for your engagement photo shoot we suggest you take the opportunity to buy new clothes. New clothes. Putting on a new outfit makes you feel awesome. A little pop of color looks really nice in photos. Try to coordinate with your partner – but don’t match!
We shoot full-length shots, so your shoes matter. There are a lot of things you can put on your feet that aren’t flattering. Flip flops are the most comfortable thing in the world, and I actually recommend you bring them because we’ll be doing a lot of walking during your shoot. But don’t wear them in the photos. Bring a few pairs of shoes. The newer, cooler and fancier they are, the better.
A lot of people get really nervous because they think they have to be something they’re not. They see other engagement photos and think, “I have to be like that, but I’m not like that.” We hear you and rest assured, you don’t need to worry about it. You don’t have to practice weird poses in the mirror before your shoot, because a photographer’s job isn’t just to take photos: it is to put you at ease and guide you in the moment, get you in the right spot, and in the most flattering light. Besides, it’s just you and the person you love the most having a good time together. There just so happens to be a photographer there to capture it. This will make you a lot more comfortable on your wedding day and will ensure we get the best photographs possible.
Remember, you’re getting married because you’re in love. Just be yourselves and have a great time – that is your job. I’m going to make you both look adorable – that’s my job!
Over the past decade, Husar Photography founder Chad Husar has photographed more than 300 weddings following a simple philosophy: the pictures should capture not just how the wedding looked, but how it felt. The result is thoughtful, artful and imaginative photography that reflects the candid personalities of his clients
Chad knew in high school that he wanted to be a photographer and began his career working on editorial and fashion shoots. After working in such diverse cities as L.A. and Milwaukee, in 2004 Chad rooted himself in his favorite city of all, Chicago! He especially fell in love with wedding photography, because it allowed him to build relationships with real people and help tell the stories of their most special moments.