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When to schedule your engagement photos

Whether you’re engaged already or you think the big question may be coming soon, we want to offer a few tips we’ve learned over the years for nailing your engagement photos. From what to wear or what location is best for your photos.

The best time to snap your engagement photos depends on how and when you plan to use them. Here's a few suggestions that we think may be helpful. Location is everything, so before heading to your neighborhood park for engagement photos, think about what you really love as a couple and what places reflect that.

You want to consider at least six months before: You can also take engagement pictures once you've booked your wedding photographer or when you're narrowing down your final choices (which should occur about six to eight months before the wedding).

What should your wear?

Choose outfits that make you feel like a million bucks. If you do purchase something new, take it out for a test run (hello, date night excuse!) with plenty of time to launder it before your session in case of a spill or other mishap. As much as you consider how your engagement outfits make you feel, think also about how they’ll 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.

Your engagement photos should be a fun, less formal precursor to your wedding day photos. You may use these photos for your save-the-dates, or even a enlargement for the entrance of your reception, therefore you'll want to look your best.

Hair and Makeup

If you’ve never done makeup for photos or you aren’t really sure what to do with your hair, you may want to make a trial appointment with the salon before your engagement shoot. Photos require slightly more saturated makeup than your every day look so that you don’t become washed out. Haven’t done your hair and makeup consultation with your wedding day stylist yet? It can be a smart move to schedule that consult the morning before your session

When in doubt "KISS"

If you haven’t spent a lot of time in front of a camera (and let’s face it – who has?), you may be pretty nervous or become stiff during your shoot. A quick way to loosen up while still getting great photos is to go in for a kiss! This can help you connect with your partner and forget the camera is even around, which makes for more natural photos anyway.

Trene' Forbes Photography - International Wedding Photographer based in Baltimore, Maryland