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3 tips to plan your engagement photo session

So, you are engaged! The ring is shining bright and every time you look at your hand, it takes you back to the moment when the whole world crashed on you and he was desperately waiting for your “ YES!” to the most important question. Congratulations on such a romantic period of your life!The little girl in you is probably already fantasizing about walking down the aisle in a gorgeous dress, seeing everyone’s happy faces.. you can’t wait to plan a perfect wedding day and marry the love of your life! But first, engagement and everything that comes with it. Undoubtedly, this time is blissful, but it also can be a bit stressful if you, like most of us, try to embrace everything and allow it to overwhelm you. 

Let’s try to stay organized and prioritize instead. Of course, you want to tell the world that you are getting married! What’s the better way to celebrate your love than documenting it with a professional photographer? Plus, printed photos will make it a very special and memorable gift. Not only for each other, but for your families and your future generations. These tips will help you relax before and during your photo session, as well as understand the essence of your relationship and show you the true value of moments, documented by a professional.

1. Choose your style and theme

First of all, you need to narrow it down. Modern world offers too many options, and it confuses your mind. Think about where you and your partner will find yourselves comfortable. Try to imagine your photos and the final look they will have.  Is it a green park on a warm sunny day? Is it a сute cozy coffeeshop where you two enjoy your favorite pastries?  Is it a family farm or maybe a place where you spent your childhood? Are you a city girl and want to have that industrious urban style incorporated in your engagement photosession? Maybe you ( like me) can’t imagine your life without water and want to have your photos taken at the waterfront or at the shore? Do you enjoy big city lights instead?

  

2. Find the right photographer

Once your found your theme, find a professional photographer who specializes in weddings and engagements. It might sound easier than it is. These 2 tips will help you : when you look at photographer’s work, search for diversity. You should see lots of angles, lots of different lighting conditions, creativity, good eye, attention to details, and, most importantly, photographer’s work should speak to you. It should touch you and awake something in your heart. In other words,  you want to BE that person in his (her) artwork. If you can picture yourself in front of his lens, you are on the right way. Tip number two: get in touch and talk to your photographer. Tell him A LOT, in fact the more you share, the better it is, the easier it will be to tell your story and capture real you. Share your vision. Share away! I get a lot of questions from the  couples who ask me if I have any places for engagement session in mind. While I do have a list of my favorite spots and some hidden gems, I always ask my couples- what’s close to your soul? What’s meaningful for you? Is it a cafe where you went on your first date together? Is it the part of the city where you live and spend most evenings together? Is it that mountain you hiked where he proposed to you? Try to tell your engagement photographer everything that’s meaningful for both of you. Then make sure you communicate your vision and expectations, see tip number 1. Don’t be afraid to refer to photographer’s work and describe what you like in those photographs and if you want a similar style for your session.

 

3. Trust your professional.

When everything is scheduled, your hair and make up are done, your ring is cleaned, your manicure is impeccable, and you got to spend the next couple hours with your future spouse, stop for a second and try to clear your mind. Forget all the problems, insecurities and worries. Stop posing and overthinking. Do not ever dare to ask your photographer “ how do I look in these? “ 😉 Just be yourself and have fun! If you want to be romantic and playful, do it! It’s your time with your loved ones, don’t forget about it… Since we were kids, we are used to smile at the camera. I am not that photographer that will ask you to smile at the camera. I’m that photographer who will talk to you, ask you to share what your favorite moment of the proposal was, ask you to tell each other why you chose to be with each other and what you appreciate most in your relationship. I want to see real you, I want to be close to you, I want to be a part of your story, even if it’s just for a few hours.

P.S. Remember, it’s all about you. Trust yourself and your significant other, enjoy this time you get to spend together. Treat it as another opportunity to get closer and learn more about each other. In the end, if you go with me, you will love your photos so much you would want to work with me for your wedding 😊 Your engagement session will be a great rehearsal and will help you loosen up and get used to the cameras on your wedding day. You will feel more confident, more comfortable, you will know what to expect AND you will have a gorgeous album or a guest book for your guests to sign.

Enjoy your engagement! 

Best, Inna 

Winter Brightlightsland | Melissa + Ken | Philadelphia Engagement

Probably nothing shines brighter and brings more joy than Longwood Gardens in December. Their Christmas display truly offers something that will leave you in awe and make your spirits bright. Taking all of that into consideration and really just chasing some cool Christmas lights = we decide to take some fun engagement photos there. This amazing couple is getting married in Philadelphia area in 2018 and I am sure their wedding photos will be as awesome as their engagement! ( not even mentioning breathtaking location that Ken chose for proposal - a beautiful lake in Canada).

 

Sean + Caitlin | Rittenhouse Square Surprise Proposal

When I was heading downtown on a bright sunny Saturday morning to photograph a surprise proposal, I had a feeling it's going to be nice but I didn't expect it to be that emotional and vibrant. Guys chose Rittenhouse Square, one of our all time favorite spots for romantic souls ( see more @ https://www.innaovsepian.com/blog/oldcity/philadelphiasurpriseproposal  for inspiration). Sean pretended he was taking a photo of Caitlin while I was hiding behind, ready to capture the most exciting moment. Then he got down on his knee and asked the most important question. Caitlin was shocked! She couldn't stop smiling and laughing... True, vibrant, strong emotions and a couple so in love with each other- I hope I managed to capture it all :) Their story is quite interesting and it proves one more time that what's meant to be is meant to be.  Those love stories with running into each other on the street after not being in touch for some time add something mysterious and it just blows my mind every time...

After a short walk around Philly, we came back to where it all started. Sean and Caitlin had a brunch reservation at iconic Parc Restaurant, a stylish french restaurant that recalls the chic brasseries of Paris. Their first date was there. Their first date as engaged couple happened there as well. I can't wait to see what future brings for this lively, beautiful, emotional couple.

Enjoy the moments! xoxo