Photo by Enmuse Photography
Engagement photos are one of the best new wedding traditions out there today. Not only do they give you a chance to capture that just-betrothed glow, they also provide images for save-the-dates and wedding websites. Most importantly, they’re the perfect trial run with your wedding photography before the big day! So what the heck do you wear when it’s time for the engagement shoot? Head to our handy What to Wear to an Engagement Shoot article for tips, tricks, and general guidelines that will help out any couple.
Photo: Jasmine Lee Photography
Can you guess where these two lovebirds got engaged? At the exact same spot where they had their first dinner date along Laguna Beach, including a dip fully-dressed in the sea! “Golden light was one of the most important aspects of our engagement session,” Tawny said. “We wanted a place with beautiful views [of Trojan Point in Marin headlands].” Before the engagement session began, “we stopped at a local grocery store to pick up some ice cream and chowed down on it while walking hand in hand together,” she said. View more photos here.
Photo: Black & Hue Photography
Can you guess where these two lovebirds got engaged? Amongst a sea of Christmas trees with the help of a typography poster printed with Avett Brothers lyrics. “I have always known that I wanted to take engagement photos where I grew up at my family’s farm in Juniper,” Rebecca said. “We wanted to incorporate several different outfits and liked the idea of using rich colors that would look nice in an outdoor area in the fall.” Notice the glowing sunset? View more photos here.
I recently had the opportunity to photograph a wedding in Cartagena, Colombia. It was a destination wedding for the couple, but for me the destination is also a second home. My wife is Colombian, grew up near Cartagena, and I myself got married in the beautiful, colonial city.
Jess and Ivan came all the from Australia for the event, and so it was really important for them to get great photos. It’s a massive trip getting to Colombia from Melbourne where the couple lives.
One of the big challenges of photographing weddings in Cartagena is that they traditionally take place at night. So you’re in this gorgeous city, but in the wedding photos you don’t get to see it in its full glory under the tropical photos. One solution to this problem is to do a day-time engagement session before the big day, which is exactly what I did with Jess and Ivan.
So we took an hour or two, wandered along the old city walls, through the colonnades of the old Santa Clara Hotel, and down the charming streets of the old Spanish “cuidad vieja” A couple photos from the shoot here, with more Cartagena engagement photos here.
Girl meets guy. Girl falls in love. Girl gets engaged. What’s next? Well, for me it was setting up an engagement session. You may be wondering why that was first for me. I had been wanting Strawberry Dude and I to have professional photographs taken for a while, but there is no better excuse than an engagement shoot! So, I asked around the small town I live in and looked online for the perfect photographer that had the perfect balance of the style we were looking for and to fit into my budget. I found a lady, who was just starting up her business and had taken mostly pictures of families and babies. However, she had one gallery of a couple that I just fell in love with, and I decided to contact her. We hit it off. She was so attentive to my wants and needs and was so accommodating to me for the month before the shoot. On the day of our shoot, it was cloudy and windy and cold! I had not planned for this, and our clothes really didn’t go well with chilly weather. As it was too late to change anything, I decided to just go with the outfits I had decided on and freeze! When we met up with the photographer the very first thing out of her mouth was hello of course and then she said,”If I do not get the shots I want today because of the weather then we will schedule another time.” She made me feel so at ease that I knew the pressure was off and we could really enjoy this experience.
The first location of our shoot was where SD proposed. At a farm on the campus of Mississippi State University. We got some great shots there, but it was really windy and cold, and we were both uncomfortable. But as you can see the images turned out really great!
Next, we moved on to the next location, which the photographer picked out. We drove about ten miles out of town with four of those miles down a dirt road might I add to the place. It was an old cabin sitting on a small lake. She informed us that this cabin and property survived the Civil War so we thought that was a really cool addition to the already beautiful location. This place was surrounded by trees, which made it about ten degrees warmer. We were happy to get started. These photos turned out amazing, and I could not have been happier!
SD and I had a not so fun engagement shoot with the weather. Near the end of the shoot when we were standing on that dock it started pouring rain, and we had to run back to the cabin to seek shelter. I thought we would have to redo the entire shoot, but I am so happy with the results. This reminded me that everything may not be perfect, but the end result can still be wonderful!
If I could give any advice about finding a good engagement session photographer, it would be to ask around. I asked several women with children in my office along with ladies I knew in town and on a forum online. Next, look at a ton of their work. If you like it then you’ll probably like the pictures they take of you! And lastly, if you’re in Mississippi then look up Monica Allen Photography, and you will not be disappointed!