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You're in love and it shows

Your engagement session should celebrate that, and leave you with some tangible evidence - photos that represent you and mean even more to you as time passes.

Here are our best tips for your engagement session.

1. TAKE SOME TIME TO BE TOGETHER BEFOREHAND

Your session should be a celebration of your engagement, not just something you cross off a wedding to-do list. Take some time before the session to check in with all the things you love about each other.  If there’s any way that you can take the day (or even the afternoon) off to spend time together in your favorite ways, go for it.  Getting in a good, connected headspace will translate in the photos.  Treat the whole day like a date.

2. DRESS LIKE YOU

Wear something that you normally would.  You can’t go wrong with your go-to outfit for a casual date.  We do a lot of moving shots, so wear something that you can really move and be photographed at every angle in.  If you have any questions about how to choose colors, prints, or fabrics based on your environment, just reach out to your photographer to ask their opinion.  Again, the number one most important thing is to be yourself and be comfortable.

3. WHERE TO GO

Your session should be all about you, and the location you choose should reflect you as a couple. Green parks or hiking trails can be beautiful serene places to take photos.  In-home sessions and photos around your neighborhood can also be a great way to make a session feel more sentimental.  Think about spots that could be meaningful to your relationship or just any location that will make you feel relaxed and able to focus on each other.  Remember, some locations do require a photography fee and an appointment.  Check out these posts for our favorite outdoor and indoor places to take engagement photos around New Orleans.

4.  THE PREP IS IN THE LITTLE THINGS

Steam and lay out your outfits.  Consider hiring a professional hair and makeup artist, or if you’re doing your own hair and makeup, make sure that you practice beforehand.  Give yourself plenty of time to get ready and travel to your session.  Many photographers base the timing of the session on sunset so being late can cut into your session time overall.

5. BE YOU

The best photos are snapped once couples start to have fun and enjoy each other.  Trust your photographer to capture you in the best light, and just stay present with each other.  Treat your engagement session (and the entire day if you can) like a date that celebrates your love!