While being stuck in my 2nd of 4 airports today, I realized I haven't written much about our engagement itself. Though this trip may be the longest delayed in history... it has blessed me with several hours to reflect on life's recent events. I've been so busy LIVING offline and focusing on a BILLION different projects, that I haven't made time to write about what has no doubt been the best 10 months of my life (cannot believe we've been engaged that long!). Moving, planning a wedding, working full time, starting a new business... all of which have been nothing short of exhaustingly wonderful.
Last week, Matt & I took our engagement photos and I could not be more pleased with how they turned out. Because of the pandemonium that is our day to day lives, we unintentionally put off taking photos. That and, we have a nearly 2 year total engagement so we didn't feel rushed (which honestly, was pretty nice). After taking about it, we decided we wanted our engagement photos to be something different, but more importantly, reflective of who we are as a couple.
If you're taking your engagement photos soon, here are a few tips from a totally non-expert. Enjoy!
Choosing a photographer is a huge decision. Depending on where you live, you most likely have a million great options! I know we did. Look for someone who is creative, flexible, professional, within your budget, and an individual you can be completely comfortable around. Lucky for me, I've know who our photographer would be - even before we got engaged. Brian Powers is a long time friend and someone I've worked with over the years. Not only is he an amazing person, he has unbelievable talent. If you live in Montana (or anywhere actually) check him out at bpowphoto. I cannot recommend him enough.
Location, Location, Location
When it came to choosing a location, Matt & I were pretty quick to decide. We spend the most quality time together in our home and it just felt the most 'us'. I think you should always go with your gut when it comes to engagement photo locations. Are you an outdoorsy couple? Hike to a mountain top! Are you both into art? Ice-cream? Lazer tag? Do something creative, but stay true to who you are as a couple. Don't feel like you have to do something crazy just to get a good photo. Remember, simplicity never goes out of style.
Setting the right tone for your photos is important. If you have an elaborate idea (which is awesome), but are uncomfortable carrying it out or it's not something that feels natural to you-don't do it. It won't translate well in photos and you'll end up feeling and (looking) super awkward. These pictures are supposed to be a real representation of the two of you, so don't stress. Enjoy the time together. Laugh, cuddle, smooch, do some damn cartwheels if you're feeling it (or if you're like me - a sad roundoff at best).
We don't get dressed up too often (to my horror) or always go out to dinner & a movie. Most nights, we share a bottle of red wine (I've finally graduated to a red blend) and just cook together. We lounge around on weekend mornings, go on walks and drink endless cups of coffee while snuggling up our dog. We are low-key, easily entertained, and enjoy just 'being'. With our work weeks completely insane and demanding that to us, there is nothing better than vegging out with each other.
Keep it SIMPLE. I cannot say this enough. I've seen so many amazing engagement photos that were overpowered by loud clothing (patterns, color, accessories). Make sure that the clothes you and your soon to be spouse choose make you both feel good. It may sound silly, but if you shirt is too tight or the length of your skirt is wrong - you'll be too focused on pulling and pinching and not living in the special moment. Choose only a couple of outfits each. I wouldn't plan on more than two or three. The time goes by quickly and you want some continuity to the images, so too many different looks can be overboard.
At the end of the day, these photos are something to share with family and friends. Make sure you're not too serious (be goofy together!), find your favorite photographer, pick a place you two have enjoy together, set the tone, and most of all have FUN.