Tips for Beautiful Engagement Photos

Getting ready for your engagement session? Check out these tips created just for you!

Dress for the season. Think about the season as you prepare for your session. If it’s summer, make sure to dress appropriately so you and your fiancé aren’t getting sweat stains and red faces during the session.

Adding Props and Personal Items. Want your engagement images to look more editorial? Bring a little extra something with you! A freshly-picked bouquet for you to hold, or fresh flowers to put on something else, like a bicycle basket, tree swing, picnic basket, car bumper or rowboat, is a fun way bring a little extra romance to everyday objects.

Choosing the best session time. In the morning and later in the evening are the best times for a session because of the amazing ‘golden hour’ lighting. If you have a session at noon, there is going to be harsh lighting and your photos may ultimately suffer.

Be prepared. Make a list of everything you need for your session – brush, lipstick, extra clothes, accessories, etc. Put them in the car and be ready to go. Along with that, get directions and a GPS, or your handy dandy smart phone, and program in the address of the session. You don’t want to get lost and cause unnecessary stress. Leave with plenty of time to spare.

Be excited. This is also part of being prepared. If you’re excited, it will rub off on your partner. He or she loves you and can’t help but get excited too! So build up the hype and let him or her know how important this is to you and how fun it will be.

Relax. Do not, I repeat, do not, stress out about this. This is supposed to be fun. I know you're worried about what you're going to look like, if the weather is going to cooperate, etc., but the more you stress, the more likely you’ll come across as stiff or uncomfortable on camera. The more relaxed you are, the better your photos will be. Do what you can to prepare for the session and leave the rest up to me. That’s what I’m here for, so just take a breath and relax. Hey, maybe this is a prime excuse to spring for that massage?

Enjoy some of the photos I took at a recent styled engagement photo session (participating vendors are listed below)!

The Local Stem flower truck with our engagement couple at Coup Des Tartes. Photo by Jade Min Photography.
The Local Stem flower truck with our engagement couple at Coup Des Tartes. Photo by Jade Min Photography.
The Local Stem flower truck with our engagement couple at Coup Des Tartes. Photo by Jade Min Photography.
The Local Stem flower truck with our engagement couple at Coup Des Tartes. Photo by Jade Min Photography.
The Local Stem flower truck with our engagement couple at Coup Des Tartes. Photo by Jade Min Photography.
The Local Stem flower truck with our engagement couple at Coup Des Tartes. Photo by Jade Min Photography.
The Local Stem flower truck with our engagement couple at Coup Des Tartes. Photo by Jade Min Photography.
The Local Stem flower truck with our engagement couple at Coup Des Tartes. Photo by Jade Min Photography.
The Local Stem flower truck with our engagement couple at Coup Des Tartes. Photo by Jade Min Photography.
The Local Stem flower truck with our engagement couple at Coup Des Tartes. Photo by Jade Min Photography.
The Local Stem flower truck with our engagement couple at Coup Des Tartes. Photo by Jade Min Photography.
The Local Stem flower truck with our engagement couple at Coup Des Tartes. Photo by Jade Min Photography.
The Local Stem flower truck with our engagement couple at Coup Des Tartes. Photo by Jade Min Photography.
The Local Stem flower truck with our engagement couple at Coup Des Tartes. Photo by Jade Min Photography.
The Local Stem flower truck with our engagement couple at Coup Des Tartes. Photo by Jade Min Photography.
The Local Stem flower truck with our engagement couple at Coup Des Tartes. Photo by Jade Min Photography.

Venue/Cocktails/Food: FB: Coup Des Tartes //IG: @coupdestartes
Florals/Flower Truck: FB: The local stem //IG: @thelocalstem
Dress: FB: Suzanne's Bridal Boutique//IG: @suzannesbridal
Event Stylist: FB: Desert Whim // IG: @desertwhim
Wardrobe Stylist: FB: Bethyohanny // IG: @bethyohanny
Coordinator: FB: Jen Jinkens Photography // IG: @jenjinkensphotos
Silks: Frou Frou Chic // IG: @froufrouchic
Hair: FB: Hair by Sess // IG: @hairbysess