Updated: Apr 15, 2020
1. Wear something you feel amazing and sexy in!
Confidence shows on the camera and we always want to look our best. Another idea if you have no idea what to wear ask your photographer for any ideas. They can tell you what looks best in the location you have chosen to shoot at. Which brings me to my next tip...
2. Pick a location that represents you
Karina and Lee did not want any green or nature in their shoot because it didn't represent them. I asked them a few question including "how did you all meet?" They met at a bar so the location we landed on represented them perfectly. If you feel comfortable at home, then do a lifestyle engagement shoot at your home.
3. Feel Comfortable
I know this is easier said than done but finding a location that fits you will help that. Along with wearing clothes that help you feel your best self. Another thing that helps is if you have a favorite playlist on Spotify tell your photographer and they can play it during your session. EVERYONE is uncomfortable when getting their photos taken but doing little things to make it easier at the start will help. As the shoot goes on, don't worry, you will feel more comfortable.
4. Communicate with your photographer
Your photographer has probably done many of these and can help you with any questions you have. You are not bothering them! Please understand that you are not just your client but photographers have a connection with the people they photograph and they want you to be ecstatic about your photos. Talk to them. They will help. Also if you want certain photos, tell them and they will most likely do their best to get that photo. For example the photo of the couple below wanted photos salsa dancing and eating ice cream. I would have not known that they liked salsa but since they communicated with me we were able to get those fun shows that show THEM.
5. Don't stress before getting there
This is usually inevitable when it comes to shoots but my best advice is when you get in the car to drive to location no matter how late you might be put it all behind you. Put on music and sing your heart out. Talk about some memories you have together as a couple, what you love about each other, what you hope for during the shoot, etc. Just get your mind directed towards you two and why you are going to the shoot in the first place. You love each other and you want that to show on camera, not being stressed out because you might be a couple minutes late or things didn't go as planned.