Engagement Photography

Posted by bridalbuds on May 25, 2011

If a picture says a thousand words, why are we all writing long invitations? Can’t I just post card everyone a photo and just leave it at that? Sounds like a good plan to me.

Engagement photos can say a lot, especially if you’re including them with invitations and on wedding blogs/websites. It’s more than just a documentation of how you looked on that day. Just as the style of the invitation may say lot about the wedding so can the photo. When the invitation arrives in the mail the invite is the first peek that the guests have at the theme and style of the wedding. Is it going to be formal, causal? Beach style, Vintage, dress-up, casual, a BBQ or picnic? If that invite can convey that much, even before reading the details, then a photo included can say even more. What does your photo say about you? What does your photo say about your wedding?

The number one thing for me would be for the friends/relatives that know us well to look at the photo and say, “that’s so Daisy Bud and Mr. Daisy.” I spent a long time debating if we were going to include engagement photos in our invitations, we decided to do it because the only decent picture of us together was one taken on a cell phone 3 years ago. (it really is a pretty cute picture), But, we thought it would be good to have something a bit nicer. The hard thing about photos for us in general is that Mr. Daisy is a photographer and so we almost never get in a photo together.

We have a great Wedding Photographer, Vanessa Menendez. She primarily does editorials, headshots and pageant photography. Fortunately she’s a good friend and we were able to snag her for the wedding, engagement photos, and a session of head shots for me.  We met up in a sweet location about 20 minutes away from where I live and we took my headshots (of which I was in desperate need) and then headed off to the park to do the engagement photos we’re hoping to include in our invites.

For headshots it’s generally recommended to bring 2-3+ outfits, or at least tops, for the shoot so you can change and take a few different shots, have different looks. I think this is a great piece of advice for engagement photos as well. I told Mr. Daisy that he should bring more than one hat to the shoot (Mr. Daisy is a hat man…) to which he promptly asked if he could bring his pirate/three musketeers style hat with LARGE red feather. To which I responded–“of course, it means I’m bringing my 1920s/30s flapper hat with feathers.” [No, we did not choose hats to copy the royals.] So we brought our hats.

We started out with our hats in our more casual outfits. We had a fun time just goofing around and attempting to be ourselves. Then we took some more traditional shots and changed outfits. I changed in to a casual dress and Mr. Daisy added a nicer shirt over his t-shirt. And switched to a more “normal” hat. And took some fun photos in the park. We ended the park photo shoot by rolling down the hill. We aren’t sure if any of the shots were worth anything but it was really fun.

Recommendations for what to bring to a photo shoot:

  • more than one set of clothing and shoes to match.
  • Multiple choices of jewelry–to match obviously.
  • More than one color of lipstick, hopefully your photographer will have a good sense of what will read with the back ground and your attire in the entire composed shot.
  • Make up for touch-ups
  • Downy Wrinkle Release (or a homemade wrinkle release, Try 50/50 water and rubbing alcohol with a dash of any liquid fabric softener, or even just 50/50 water and alcohol.– But, any water will get out a bad wrinkle if you try hard enough, misted-sprayed of course)
  • a hair brush. especially if it could be windy.
  • Extra bobby pins/hair pins.

What do before the shoot:

  • Get a good night’s sleep! No one wants to look tired.
  • Be hydrated, wrinkles will show up less if you’re hydrated, and make up takes better to hydrated skin than dry skin.
  • plan for a bit of extra time before/after, you may need to work out contract stuff or the photographer may need to move locations to get the photo that they know you’ll love.
  • IRON YOUR CLOTHING– and maybe his too unless you think he’ll do a good enough job of it. Don’t wear things that will wrinkle a lot on the way to the studio/location (button down shirts wrinkle fast, especially when tucked in, throw a t-shirt on and change)

If you’re sending a photo with your Announcement/Invitation keep the color palate in mind.  Your clothing color choices don’t need to match, but do you want them to coordinate? Do you want them in the same world/style as the invite? Where else are you going to use the photos? Grandma’s mantle piece? Website? On the wall of your first place together?

We had a great time with our shoot, here’s the photographer’s top pick.