I am so excited to be working with you and can’t wait to create some memories of your engagement (pre-wedding) photo session! I get it, it's your first professional photo session together as a couple and it’s totally normal to be a little nervous. Hakuna Matata! Even as a photographer, I get nervous when I get my annual photos done with my partner too!
There are reasons why I encourage couples to book an engagement photo session. First, they allow you to get comfortable in front of the camera before your wedding day. It takes time for most couples to warm up to being photographed and understand how I guide them through posing. Timelines can be pretty tight on weddings days and 30 minutes may be all we have for portraits - which is why I have found that wedding day portraits turn out so much better when couples do engagement sessions ahead of time!
If you don't know already, I am Miranda Suess, your engagement photos photographer and could also be your wedding photographer ;) Whether you plan to do your engagement photoshoot in New York or New Jersey - I am here to help! Keep reading to feel prepared.
Second, engagement photos is part of a chapter in your love story - we can make it extra special by personalizing it. We can photograph in places that explain how you met, favorite places to visit, or even a cool adventure you always wanted to try out! Consider this shoot to showcase your personalities in a more casual setting (include fur babies too). While engagement photos are great for save-the-dates, I have taken engagement photos anywhere from 18 months in advance to a few days before the wedding.
There is a lot to think about when it comes to planning a session and since I get asked the same things over and over again, I thought it would be the most beneficial if I put together a guide that walks you through everything you need to know.
I get it. Having your picture taken for 1-2 hours may not be in your top-10 favorite things to do. You're probably doing it just because it makes your fiancé happy, and that's really special. At first you might feel sort of awkward being in front of the camera. But I think you’ll find that by the end of the session, it’s a lot easier than you thought, and you even had a little fun! I look forward to it because it’s a great opportunity for us all to connect a bit before the wedding day!
A NOTE TO
Most couples use their engagement photos for save the dates and their wedding website. I recommend scheduling your session at least two months before you plan to send out your save-the-dates.
Between inclement weather, editing, designing your save-the-dates and printing, two months is generally a safe amount of time to make sure your images and cards are ready.
Some websites and invitation designers to check out:
G.C. Lettering, Feather and Ink Paperie, Zola, and The Knot
I believe that couples should choose a location that either has meaning to their love story or introduces the theme to their wedding day.
A whimsical-enchanting wedding may be best for couples to plan their engagement photos at a castle or garden.
If you're having trouble deciding - I am happy to make recommendations in New Jersey and NYC for your engagement photos!
Tips for looking your best
When picking outfits I recommend keeping in mind the word “compliment” rather than “match.” For example, if your partner is wearing a royal blue suit, you may want to choose a flowy long purple or pink or softer blue dress.
Generally couples pick two outfits for an engagement session: a formal outfit and a fashionable casual outfit. Save your favorite outfit for later in the session, as that's when couples usually feel more comfortable in front of the camera. And don’t forget to bring a few accessories! Your new shiny ring, sentimental jewelry, scarfs/coats, comfortable walking shoes and fashionable shoes. Your partner can add on a classic watch, cuff links, fun socks, and fake glasses.
Online Dress Shops for Romantic Engagement Photos
outfit color combinations that work best
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Disney or Harry Potter fan? Do you like fireworks and anything that sparkles or lights up? Let's have some fun!
These magical engagement photos sessions can happen around sunset or inside the comfort of your own home! Please prepare for this by asking me in advance. Share inspiration from here so I can be ready for these type of enchanting engagement photos. I understand that not all couples are into the magical fine art like I am - and that's okay. I do not charge a fee for sparkler, smoke, creative lighting and off camera flash creative portraits.
However, you can buy your own props like a moon lamp, clear umbrella, set of smoke bombs, floating lanterns, biodegradable confetti, and dried rose petals for magical photo sessions.
what to do if it rains
A few days before your engagement session, let's check for any heavy rain weather. Weather changes by the hour, so I will allow you decide on what you're comfortable with.
Please note that there are no reschedule fees in the event of weather issues.
I know that’s not easy, but by personalizing each experience knowing your likes and dislikes, I believe I can get you to act as if the camera wasn’t even there.
The sweetest moments come from ones that naturally unfold and when it comes to posing for your engagement session, you don’t need to worry about a thing! I will guide you through the entire process beginning with “poses” that are super easy and come naturally. If I tell you to do something that feels a little funny, it’s probably because I know it’s going to make the two of you laugh - and that’s the photo I know you're actually looking for!
Throughout your session, I will keep an eye on your hair, makeup and outfits to make sure things stay in place. In the end, I want you to feel as comfortable as possible and soak in all the fun together!
My kitties and family dogs are a huge part of my life, which is why I love when couples choose to incorporate fur babies into their engagement photo session. Keep in mind that bringing a pet along often means that we will need to choose a pet friendly location.
I recommend planning for your pet to be at the first 15 minutes of your session and then having a friend take them home. If you don't have anyone available to help with dog handling - at an extra fee, I can bring an assistant to watch over your dog during the duration of the photoshoot.
It's important that you exercise your pet before the session and bring their favorite toy and treats! Depending on fur type, it might also be a good idea to groom them before the shoot and bring a lint roller.
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A new leash, collar, and outfit is encouraged!
I understand that you are eagerly anticipating the photos and I am equally excited to share them with you! I have a great track record of delivering photos promptly, with sneak preview photos available for instant download within a week. The remaining gallery will be released for download and ordering prints within six weeks.