Recently engaged? Congratulations! One of the first things you’ll want to do is to have an engagement photoshoot; this is a great way to share your news with loved ones. Plus, you can use your engagement photos as decoration on your big day. A canvas print of a favorite engagement photo makes a great alternative to a wedding guest book! Of course, hiring a photographer to shoot your couples’ photos can be a bit pricey. Some wedding photographers will include a free engagement session as part of a package, but what if you haven’t found your wedding photographer yet? Fortunately, you can always learn how to take your own engagement photos!
Perhaps the most important aspect of shooting your own engagement session is that of having the right equipment. In addition to having a decent camera (SLR or better), you’ll also want to make sure you have a tripod to hold your camera level in place (especially if shooting in an outdoor setting). A remote shutter release will also make shooting your own photos a lot easier; these small remotes can be held discretely in your hand, and when you press the button on the remote, the photo will automatically take. A tripod doesn’t have to be expensive, check out our friends at Photojojo for some ideas.
Time Outdoor Photos Carefully
If you plan on taking your own engagement photos outdoors, the best time to shoot is generally about an hour before sunset (this applies to all photos, including family portraits). The reason for this is that, during this time, the lighting tends to be ideal and the most flattering. Of course, if you plan on shooting indoors, the timing won’t matter as much, though you’ll want to play around with lighting to produce the best results.
Consider Setting Up Props
You may even want to consider setting up some props or decorations to give help achieve a certain type of look or scene. For example, if taking your engagement photos around the time of Valentine’s Day, you might consider getting a bouquet of heart-shaped balloons for each of you to hold. If you’re planning an indoor shoot, you might consider setting up a colored backdrop on one of your interior walls.
Learn Some Basic Editing Skills
No matter how good your camera is, there’s a chance that you’ll still need to do some basic editing in order to get your photos looking their best. Therefore, you should learn some basic photo editing skills using Adobe Photoshop or a similar program.
Some basic editing skills you should learn include getting rid of red eye, color adjustment, and adding effects (such as a vignette) to photos. If you’re new to photo editing, there are all kinds of free tutorials available online that can help you.
Get Both Vertical and Horizontal Photos
For the sake of variety, be sure to get a good combination of horizontal and vertical photos during your shoot. This is especially important if you plan on using any of your photos to decorate your wedding venue on your big day; having photos of varying orientations makes things more interesting.
As you can see, there’s a lot to keep in mind when planning your own engagement photo shoot. By following these tips, however, you’ll end up with some great photos that you can cherish for years to come. You may even want to have some of your photos turned into canvas or framed prints!