I shared my engagement photos with you all last fall, since Chris proposed to me that summer. However, I wanted to bring them back to the blog to share updated tips for taking your own engagement photos, since the spring and summer are great times to take them.
1. choose a meaningful venue
The venue we chose was where Chris proposed to me back in July, which has been one of our favorite spots to go for a while now, so there was a deep meaning and love behind this place. Be sure to do the same and chose a meaningful place, whether it be where you were proposed to or another venue of key interest
2. save money
My mom, who is the most amazing photographer, shoots all of the images you see here on emilyehardt.com and she also took these photos. Find someone you know, whether it be a family member, friend, or even someone local that could give you a discount to take your pictures. As long as you have a decent camera, good lighting, and are patient, then your photos will be beautiful.
3. compliment each other
As you and your love complement each other personality wise, so too should you complement each other outfit wise. Chris and I chose this turquoise hue to base our looks around, as we thought it went nicely with the venue. We decided not to match exactly, though, with the rest of our outfits, as we wanted the looks to still read modern. So, choose 1 color and keep the rest of your color palette neutral.
4. timing is everything
Shoot your photos either early in the morning around 6am or in the evening around 6pm to get the best lighting. When it is super sunny, glares can happen; however, when you take the photos during these times, you get a much softer and romantic lighting. It is much more flattering and camera ready
5. have fun!
These are your engagement photos, so make them your own! Every relationship is unique, so your engagement photos should be too! Chris and I had fun shooting a bunch of different poses and have some silly ones that we look at and say, "that's totally us!" That is the goal, to create lasting memories that you will cherish with your love eternally!