Top 3 Tips from a Tampa Engagement Photographer

As a Tampa engagement photographer I’ve seen my fair share of what works and what doesn’t when it comes to taking engagement photos that you will truly love. When a couple books me for a wedding, I always strongly suggest they add on an engagement session. Engagement sessions are perfect for getting amazing photos that you’ll be able to use for your save-the-dates, invites, website registry, guest book, and of course your Facebook & Instagram for your friends and family to obsess over!

In addition, engagement sessions are great for getting some practice in front of the camera before the big day. Let’s face it, most of us aren’t experts at getting our photos taken; we aren’t models but my goal is to make you look them! Rather than depending on cheesy, cringe-worthy poses I provide direction to make you feel relaxed and at ease. This allows me to craft warm, romantic and authentic interaction between the two of you. This lets your true selves shine through and makes for photos you will absolutely adore. Below are my top 3 tips for ensuring your Tampa engagement photos come out as best as possible.

Wear the Right Clothing

What you wear to your engagement session will be different for each couple and will largely depend on your style. So, what do I mean by “wear the right clothing”. Well, it can mean a lot of different things:

  • Dress Like Yourselves. Don’t wear an outfit that is outrageous and not something you would normally wear. This will make you feel uncomfortable and it will show through your photos. You want to look like yourselves, just maybe a TAD more dressed up. You also want to wear clothing that fits comfortably. My style of photography is all about real moments. I will be asking you to move around, slow dance and cuddle up to each-other. This could be hard to do in a super tight dress or t-shirt that’s 2 sizes too small.
  • Don’t Wear Matching Outfits. You and your fiancee other wouldn’t wear matching or identical outfits to go out to dinner, right? So, why would you wear them in your photos? Again, you want to wear clothing that looks like you and is complementary. For example, if your fiancee is wearing slacks and a sports coat, you wouldn’t be in jeans and a t-shirt. You want your outfits to be “on the same level” to each-other without being the same.
  • Don’t Mix Patterns. If both of you wear clothing with patterns, the eye won’t know where to go. I strongly recommend not both wearing patterns. If one of you is wearing patterns, the other one should wear a complimentary, solid color.

Make a Date Out Of It

A lot of us spend our days running around. We bounce from work, to home, to social function without ever really getting some down time. If you can swing it, I highly recommend making your engagement photos a full day (or evening) event. You’ll want to spend the day relaxing and enjoying each-others company, not running late from a work meeting.

If you are stressed or haven’t had any time to de-compress, it will show in your photos. At the bare minimum, at least take an hour or 2 before to relax and prepare. This will put you both in a relaxed, romantic mindset and set you up for success. For extra fun, you can end the day (after your engagement session in Tampa) with dinner at your favorite restaurant. I mean, who doesn’t look forward to an amazing meal at the end of the day? I know I do! Plus, you’re already dressed for a date!

Pick (and Know) Your Location

Throughout my experience as a Tampa engagement photographer, I’ve really enjoyed forming a solid relationship with my couples, so while I’m more than happy to suggest locations that I think will be great for you two, you may want to think about picking a location together. It can be the coffee shop you first met, one of your favorite parks to take walks or hike together or really anywhere you both feel comfortable or inspired. You also want to be somewhat familiar with the area. For example, you don’t want to only bring a pair of heels if the location is going to require you to walk through uneven ground or something. I also recommend picking a location that has some variety so I can take a lot of different photos, providing you with a wide variety of images.

Well, that’s it folks, my top 3 tips to prepare you for an engagement session. Follow these and you will end up with photos you will love! And of course, if you are still looking for someone to capture your engagement, do not hesitate to reach out. You should know I love my job as a Tampa engagement photographer and I believe it shows through my work. Can’t wait to hear from you!

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