Now that you’re engaged, you might want to capture this exciting time with photos. We’re not talking about selfies, although those can be fun and goofy. It’s time to think about an engagement photo shoot. They’re not as popular as they once were, but some brides want to capture the love. They want to look back on excited smiles, warm embraces and giddy anticipation. Dan Harris, of Dan Harris Photo Art, offers details about how he conducts successful engagement photo shoots. “If you’re planning on having an engagement photo shoot, get it done as quickly as possible,” Harris says. On average, photographers will need a month to edit the images and get the prints to you. Keep that in mind if you’re using an engagement photo on save the dates. While Pinterest is great for providing ideas and inspiration, don’t get caught up on posing. “Let your photographer take your ideas [into consideration], but allow them to try other things,” Harris says. And remember, be yourself. It’s common to use the same photographer for both the engagement shoot and the wedding. Harris likes to use the engagement photo shoot sessions as a preview. This way you get to know your photographer and learn their cues. This also cuts down on time and stress on your actual day, so you can relax knowing you’ll get great shots. “It’s best to take photos that are meaningful to the bride and the groom, in a place they love and are comfortable in,” he says. Some ideas include going back to the place you met, taking pictures in the place your fiancé proposed or even going to the wedding venue itself to capture the preview.
By Mary Hamel • Photo by Dan Harris PhotoArt