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Your wedding, artfully documented, whether it takes place in the intimate vineyards of Temecula valley, along California's stunning coastline, a bohemian desert, or a breathtaking hike!

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5 tips on How to get Dreamy Engagement Photos

The holidays just around the corner, and that means engagement season is too! Whether you’re engaged already or you are thinking about popping the big questions I would love to share a few tips I’ve learned over the years for getting dreamy engagement photos. From what to wear to adventurous locations, keep these tips handy before your upcoming photo shoot!

1. Wear something that makes you feel amazing!

You will feel more comfortable in front of the camera if you wear something you are comfy in. If you choose clothes that are too tight or clingy, you’ll spend your whole session picking at them or covering up. If you choose something you’ve never worn before, you’ll be worried about how you look in it or may discover it’s actually terribly uncomfortable. 

Choose outfits that make you feel amazing. If you do purchase something new, take it out for a date night!! You also want to consider how your outfits will photograph during your session. For the ladies, we recommend choosing pieces that flow nicely as you move, especially if you’re doing your photos outdoors. I just love a flowy dress!!

You Can see some wildly romantic outfits ideas here. 

2. Steam or iron your outfits ahead of time!

Be sure to clean and de-wrinkle your clothes before your session. A photographer’s least favorite question is “can you just Photoshop that out later?” and oftentimes having things like wrinkles retouched in your photos just doesn’t look right. Save yourself the stress and get wrinkle free ahead of time!

3. I highly recommend having your hair and make up done.

Having makeup done for photos is different then the makeup you would choose for a regular date night.   Photos require slightly more saturated makeup so that you don’t become washed out. I recommend having your hair and makeup consultation or trial with your wedding day stylist on the day of your engagement session. I can recommend some amazingly talented stylists if you need someone, reach out to me!

4. Make a day out of it.

I often tell my couples your session should be an epic date night with, make your engagement session part of a day-long date. Not only does this give you plenty of time for photos without feeling rushed, but starting your day in this mindset helps you feel connected and romantic as you head into the photo shoot. Start your day with a boozy brunch or coffee at your favorite spot. I can meet you there to grab a few shots before changing locations.

5. Choose an epic location.

Location is everything, think about what you really love as a couple and what places reflect that. If you relish over cooking together, dancing in the kitchen or snuggling on the couch maybe an at home session is perfect for you. 

Are you an adventurous couple who spends your weekends hiking? Take your photos in the forest or mountains, hiking gear in tow. Don’t be afraid to incorporate your favorite activities like riding bikes or taking a canoe down to the lake. 

Check out my previous posts for some really cool location inspiration!

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