tips for brides

Engagement Photos | Preparing for your engagement session

So you finally took care of all the big things and now it’s time to plan your engagement session. For most clients, it’s their first time planning something like that. And it’s not like you are in front of the camera every day. We can assure you it will be fun and relaxed experience. We can give lots of helpful tips so make sure to keep reading if you want to have a perfect day with you significant other and have beautiful photos :)

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If there is one you thing you need to remember… you are more photogenic than you think! We get lots of “ oh we are so awkward in front of the camera, we surely won’t know what to do” from couples. And those couples are usually the best! Their engagement sessions are tons of fun and we end up with some of the most natural, unposed, candid images. When clients ( especially guys) tell us after the session that they had fun, we are literally in heaven! That’s what our ultimate goal is- to provide beautiful images for you while not forcing you to do anything unnatural, but enjoy each other and soak in moments spent together.

Outfits

What should you wear? I like to advise clients on wardrobe. Obviously you want to look your best, and you want your outfits to compliment your photos. Try not to match, but dress in a way that your color palette would add to each other, for example, beige and navy or grey and pink. Classic black and white is always a win too. Don’t hesitate to bring more than 1 outfit if you want to try different looks, for examples one fancy or edgy and one casual and comfy. Try to stay away from super bright colors, or any loud patters ( like geometric patterns) because they are quite distracting in an image, drawing the attention away from the subjects. Also, during the photo session we will definitely move a lot, whether it’s walking around scenic location or running on the beach etc, so make sure to have change of shoes. High heels look fantastic, and we love them, but your comfort will always be our priority.

Location

We have a million places we would recommend. But think about two of you : what do you like to do? what are your hobbies? what’s an ideal date for you? what’s that place that is super meaningful for you? It might be anything, from a cute local coffeeshop to your favorite park where you walk your dog ( by the way we highly recommend bringing your pups to your session). Maybe it’s a beach where you got engaged or a favorite ice cream place… Think outside the box! The whole reason you hired us was to capture YOUR story. If there’s a place that’s a part of your story, we want to be there with you and create art for you.

Most of all…RELAX!

The engagement session is meant for us to get to know each other, to see how you act in front of the camera and practice before the wedding as well as have some gorgeous photos for you and your families. Everything we do is to have fun and make it a pleasant day with you guys. Take a deep breath and know that the first 5-10 minutes are for warming up…after that, it’s party time. We want to capture who YOU are…so have fun! We often end up grabbing dinner or coffee after we finish the session with client. Those are our favorite nights. We can’t wait to spend the day with you.

Checklist:

  1. Outfit change

  2. Comfortable shoes

  3. Water

  4. Polish the ring

  5. Your great mood

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First Look : to see or not to see

First look on your wedding day : things to consider.

Wedding world never ceases to amaze me :) Sometimes I ask myself where this tradition of seeing each other before the ceremony came from. Upon research, I figured out it’s fairly new… and as my experience shows, extremely popular. While I get asked about first look all the time, I occasionally get clients who never heard of it ;) Interesting, huh? The only question I’ll ask my brides will be : But what do you want?

If you are like most brides, you want the moment. That moment when you walk down the aisle in all glory and your partner’s eyes light up. That moment of complete shock over how unbelievably gorgeous you look.

There are lots of reasons couples are happy they chose to do a first look. We never had anyone regret it, frankly speaking. Here are some reasons we recommend it:

  1. First look will help calm nerves and anxiety.

    Months of planning and excitement had come down to hours and minutes. As soon as you lock eyes, you will feel relief, fuzzy comfort and your stress will melt away. You will be able to cry, kiss and embrace the moment without any distractions. You will ENJOY it for as long as you want to...alone! No people, no on-lookers, just the two of you.

    If you think you will get another chance to be alone on your wedding day...you are wrong.

  2. So.much.time. for photos! Plus, you get to enjoy cocktail hour and talk to your guests. We, photographers, will always try to steer you towards the first look. Because we care and want you to enjoy delicious food :)

  3. You will spend more time than ever making yourself beautiful. Even though your confidence is enough for you, I can assure you you will want to hear it from your significant other. That attention you’ll get on your best day ever can’t be compared to anything. I once heard from the bride (after they did the first look) that she wouldn’t have been able to listen to a thing their officiant was saying anyway… She’d be too busy wondering what her partner was thinking ;) She was glad they did it.

    At the end of the day, all you have is your wedding album to remember your wedding day by. Dress will only be worn once, food and cake will be forgotten and eaten, flowers won’t last a week. After 10, 15, 35 years you are not going to remember those details. Think about how much time. Think about how much time you’ll have to capture the important moments and people in your life. You'll be able to take your bride/groom, bridal party and immediate family photos BEFORE the ceremony. We never really have to rush these… while if you don't have a first look, you're forced to do everything quickly. We want you to be relaxed, hassle -free and calm on your wedding day and actually enjoy all the events of the day.

  4. Some people worry about losing that “moment”. Those seconds when you walk down the aisle are still going to be phenomenal, for both of you. You’ll feel safer and will be able to concentrate on the MOMENT when everything gets real and serious but without that pressure of all the heads turning towards the groom to see his reaction. I am a believer that you actually can have both of those moments. Both secret moments when you still will be communicating. You belong to each other…. forever. It’s funny how I remember lots of weddings when bride and groom saw each other before the ceremony and the ceremony moment was even more emotional.

  5. Whatever you decide, just remember to live your wedding day to the fullest. If you want to follow wedding tradition, do it. It’s your day and no one knows your story better than you. We will help you create ideal timeline and make your day happy and smooth.