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6 Tips for a Better Engagement Pictures

6 Tips for a Better Engagement Pictures

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If you and your fiance are feeling a little nervous about your engagement pictures, I am here to tell you that you’re not alone. I shoot people (with a camera) for a living, and I still get awkward and nervous in front of a camera! So it’s totally normal to feel the nerves kicking in, but I’m here to encourage you to relax and enjoy your time together.

If you’ve hired me for pictures before, then you already know that I’ve got you! I will guide you and tell you exactly what to do, where to look, what to say, how to say it. And when you least expect it, you’re going to be nailing it and creating some GORGEOUS shots. But, if you want to make it even better, here are six tips for making your engagement pictures even better!

1. Arrive on Time

All engagement pictures are planned based on sunset/sunrise time. But, to create those magical shots that everyone loves, you need beautiful light! You’d be surprised what a vast difference 10-15 minutes can make when it comes to photography.

2. Get a Manicure

I doubt you need a reminder, but having freshly polished nails will make a difference. Broken and chipped nails are tough to edit, so treat yourself to a spa visit and pamper your nails. Neutral tones photograph best and go with every outfit you’ve picked out.

3. Pack Comfy Shoes

Living in Arizona, you know everything is out to poke you. The last thing I want for you is to be walking in heels in the desert (or anywhere for that matter) and twisting your ankle. Therefore, I HIGHLY recommend you pack some comfy closed-toe shoes to walk from one location to another. Your feet will thank me later!

4. Clean your Ring

The ring will be the star of the show, and I love to take some close-up shots of just your ring while you switch outfits. Having it cleaned by a jeweler will guarantee some extra sparkle!

5. Empty Pockets

Guys, please empty your pockets! I will gladly hold on to your personals while shooting you, but having a bag with your personals will make it easier for everyone.

6. Enjoy the Moment

It might feel strange at first having someone pointing a camera at your face, but remember why you are there in the first place. To celebrate your love! Make it extra unique and go out to a special dinner afterward. You’ll already be glammed up for it anyway!

Bonus Tip: Bring your Dogs!

If you’re a dog parent, please have someone bring them! I love having dogs in photo sessions, and they’re a big part of your life! They should be there! Ask someone to bring them for the last 10-15 minutes of your session or pick a dog-friendly location nearby. I’d be more than happy to accommodate them in your session.

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