Spring is the perfect time of the year if you are thinking about engagement portraits in Indianapolis. I would like to offer some advice to get the most out of your engagement session, what to do and what not to do, when is the best time to set up your engagement session and more! Check out some of my most recent shots for inspiration and make sure to read the Top Engagement Photo FAQs below.
When should we book our engagement portrait?
Couples usually book an engagement shoot 2 to 3 months before the wedding. Of course, you can always do it sooner or later if your schedule requires.
Do I have to hire a professional photographer? A friend or family member has offered to shoot our engagement pictures for free.
A professional photographer can create a unique, well posed image far better than your friend with a camera. If lighting, posing, and overall quality isimportant you should hire a professional photographer who has experience in creating engagement portraits. As a couple you’ve probably never been photographed professionally before so your engagement session is a good time for the photographer to see your individual personalities and how you interact with each other. This will help the photographer to capture images on the wedding day that are unique to that couple.
When should we send out wedding invitations with our engagement photo?
When you invite people from out of town you should send their invitation at least 8 weeks in advance. For local guests 4 weeks before the wedding is ideal.
Where should we do the photo shoot?
Engagement portraits are typically taken at a location that is important to you, or that has some meaning to the two of you. This could be the place you got engaged, first date, the college where you met, a favorite restaurant, or your home town. I have some favorite spots in and around Indianapolis that produce great results that include; An open meadow, an abandoned house, salvage yard, or a bowling alley are all examples of non-traditional locations you could also try.
What time of day is best for pictures?
The early morning or the late evening is best for photos right when the sun is rising or setting. Indianapolis goes to Daylight savings timein March and allows for portraits to be taken as late as 8PM. We normally schedule your session at least two hours before sunset so you will have plenty of time for pictures.
What should we wear?
We typically schedule a one hour engagement session which will allow for a quick outfit change. Keep your clothing classic and colorful. Solid colors are a must and try to avoid plaids, florals, patterns, and head to toe in the same color. Of course wear your engagement ring.
How should I do my makeup/hair?
If you don’t normally wear makeup I highly suggest you wear some for your photo shoot. I highly recommend having your hair and makeup done professionally so you can start to experiment with different looks for your wedding day. False eye lashes are a must have for any photo shoot. Don’t bother with a fancy up-do since these photos are casual and relaxed. It’s best to keep your hair down in loose curls or completely strait. Make sure you bring some lip gloss with you to the photo shoot so you can reapply after kisses.
What should we do with the engagement photos?
The most popular use for engagement photos is to include a loose print with your wedding invitations. Another great idea is to have custom wedding invitations made with your favorite engagement pictures. We offer a wide variety of products for your engagement portraits that include; Save The Dates, Wedding Invitations, and Guest Books.
What should we bring with us to our engagement session?
Be creative! Props will add a personal touch to your portraits. If your doing your engagement pictures in the summer bring some bottled water and sunblock. If your doing your engagement session in the winter make sure you bring gloves, hand warmers, and a change of shoes. Get creative with props. You can bring: bikes, balloons, a picnic, a vintage car, a piece of furniture, an umbrella, a suit case, a skateboard, hats, and books.
Do I get the digital negatives?
We will break up the session fee and the cost of the digital negatives. The session fee is for the photographer’s time and talent to shoot and process the pictures. The digital negatives are supplied on a USB drive with a print release giving you permission to print the images for personal use.
I hope this helps you prepare for your engagement session. We look forward to creating some amazing images for this special time in your lives.
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