Tips From the Pros: The Importance of an Engagement Photo Session

The following is a guest blog post by Rob Holley, a professional photographer with over 20 years of experience in the wedding industry! In this post he shares his thoughts on why an engagement shoot is a good investment not only for the memories but also for the lessons that it unfolds.  Enjoy!

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Mismatched with Style – A Vintage Wedding Photoshoot

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It is not too often that I receive a submission with a staged photoshoot, and less often that I will accept them. However this particular one is so incredibly stunning, there wasn’t a chance I was going to deprive all our fabulous readers!

This vintage but ‘not your Grandma’s wedding’ style shoot was submitted by Christy Whitehead Photography. I’ll let them explain, “This was a stylized shoot that we did at an old sawmill. We had tails for the groom and a lacy dress for the bride. Handmade cameos are featured on the cake. We even had an actual family marriage certificate displayed in a frame on the sign in table. We loved the idea of mismatched place settings and the feel of you pulled this stuff out of your grandmother’s trunk. [It is] very much a possible do it yourself project on a budget.”

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LeighAnn & Frank: Finally Engaged Photoshoot

Getting married isn’t just about the wedding – it’s also about the engagement. Before the rush and craze of planning a wedding sets in, you have to celebrate, create and share a few very special memories. One of the ways to do this is with an engagement shoot – and when Erica Velasco Photographers sent in this submission, I know it was the one to demonstrate why an engagement shoot can be so amazing.

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Picture Perfect Parasols

(Paper Parasol with Bamboo Boning as sold by Weddingstar)

This clever little sun-shading device can play a plethora of roles in a wedding! Oh sure, it’s a wonderful way to keep the sun off during those hot summer days, and of course a wonderful gift for your guests, but that’s not even close to being the half of it.

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Bubbles!

Wedding bubbles may not be new, but that doesn’t make them a thing of the past. Still a popular alternative to confetti, bubbles often find their way into happy photographs of the Bride and Groom leaving their ceremony venue.

Perhaps wedding confetti is something that you have considered but keep in mind there are many places that confetti cannot be used. Many venues don’t want to deal with the clean-up that confetti requires. If the wedding is outdoors and you are considering using birdseed, think again for a moment! The birds may not mind the treat, however when grains start sprouting in the grass or cracks in the sidewalk, you might find not everyone is so thrilled. Additionally, and this is a big one, birdseed is also a hazard due to how slippery it can be (especially for those wearing dress shoes without a lot of grip on the bottom!).

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Rings and Things

The ring shot is one that almost every couple will end up with. The wedding rings captured in their shiny glory, on such an important day in a relationship, is a great keepsake to have. They’re a great addition to a photo album as the ring photograph is guaranteed to stand out!

If you want to make the most out of every photograph…

As lovely as it is to have the photograph it is usually something that is done simply with what the photographer notices is available. Often you’ll see the rings with the bouquet or in a wine glass – two things that can be found at nearly every wedding. However, if you want to make sure you have every little detail covered, you can prepare for the ring shot with only minimal planning! If you know what type of photograph you are hoping for it will make the process go that much more smoothly.

Wedding Bands and Bouquet The most common ring photograph includes the rings and the brides bouquet or some of the wedding flowers. They are of course easily included and add a little extra to the backdrop.

The Precious Rings

It is nice to have more in the photo than just the rings. Perhaps something that represents the wedding, or the couple.

I’ve put together a collection of unique ring photographs, hopefully one of them might inspire you!

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