The Wedding Experience: Your Engagement Session

It's Wedding Wednesday!

Today is ALL about engagement sessions!  You'll learn what to expect during your session, why they're an important part of your wedding experience and even some engagement session planning tips!

Rowayton, Darien, CT Engagement Session | Shaina Lee Photography | CT, NYC + Destination Wedding + Engagement Photographer

What to Expect

If you're not used to being in front of the camera, that's totally okay!  For many of us, an engagement session is the first time we're professionally photographed (that was definitely the case for Arturo and me!).  I always tell my couples that they don't have to worry about freezing up in front of the camera during their session.  Before I even pick up my camera to photograph the two of you, we'll go over a few simple poses that I like to use to create beautiful, genuine portraits.  We'll chat, keeping things light, simple and fun! 

Shaina Lee Photography | Connecticut Engagement Photography | Connecticut Wedding Photographer

The Importance of an Engagement Session

The engagement session is also a perfect time for us to get to know each other a bit better.  During the hour that we're together, I love getting to know more about you that I didn't have the chance to learn during our initial consultation or first few emails and/or phone calls.  We establish trust and a friendship, which re-emerges on your wedding day, where I'll capture your love, joy and excitement in its most genuine form!

What to Wear

A question I'm always asked by my couples is, "What should we wear for our engagement session?"  Ladies (and maybe a few of you gents), this is the perfect time to go shopping for some new clothes!  When choosing colors for your outfits, I recommend selecting lighter tones and more muted shades.  By avoiding ultra-bright, bold colors, it will help bring all the attention to your faces and let the eye focus on the way you feel about each other.  The camera loves shades of soft pink and muted blues, mixed with sophisticated light neutrals like heather gray, creams, leather brown and white.  That softer color palette fits beautifully into almost all natural outdoor environments. The most important thing to remember when choosing an ensemble for your engagement session is to wear something that makes you feel FABULOUS!

Planning Your Engagement Session

I am also often asked, "What should we bring?"  The #1 thing I tell my couples to be sure to bring (though I'm pretty sure you never leave home without it at this point) is the RING!  After all, this photo session is to celebrate your engagement!  If you want your engagement images to look more editorial, bring a little extra something with you!  A freshly-picked bouquet for you to hold, or fresh flowers to put on something else, like a bicycle basket, tree swing, picnic basket, car bumper or rowboat, is a fun way bring a little extra romance to everyday objects.

Shaina Lee Photography | CT, NYC + Destination Wedding + Engagement Photographer | Lighthouse Point Park Engagement Session

Location, Location, Location

Choosing a location for your session is also key.  Though I'm always scouting new locations throughout Connecticut and surrounding areas for engagement sessions, I adore when my couples choose somewhere that has a special meaning to them, whether it be where they shared their first date, or the spot where they got engaged or even the place they met.  Locations with a variety of backdrops always make for a more interesting collection of photos.  Think about the seasons as well.  Let's say you're getting married in autumn; you might want to consider somewhere with beautiful foliage for your engagement session.  The photo(s) on your save the dates will not only have the beautiful fall colors, but will also align nicely with the time of year your wedding will be taking place.

Hartford, CT Engagement Session at Elizabeth Park | Shaina Lee Photography | CT, NYC + Destination Wedding + Engagement Photographer

I hope these tips help to answer some of your questions about your engagement session!  I could go on an on, but we don't have all day!  If you're in the midst planning your engagement session, don't over think anything; just remember to HAVE FUN!  

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