Engagement Photoshoot Checklist...Just for YOU!

Congratulations…He asked and You said yes! Exciting and wonderful times lay ahead for you both. 

Rocky Mountain Engagement Session

There’s nothing quite as exciting as planning a wedding but it’s so important to enjoy and capture the moments leading up to your wedding too, including your engagement.

If you’ve recently started planning your engagement shoot, here is a checklist to keep on hand that will help you better prepare for it.

-       Time & Date. Have several time and date options ready to go. Remember that your photographer might not be available on the date you had in mind so it’s best to have a few other options available.

-       Location. Take some time choosing an engagement shoot location as it should not only represent you as a couple but be quiet enough for your photographer to take shots without anyone in the background. 

-       Schedule hair and makeup appointments. Now that you have a date set, schedule a hair and makeup appointment for the same day. Your groom-to-be should also cut his hair prior to the shoot to ensure he looks his best.

-       Decide on outfits. Your location and the theme of your shoot will play a leading role in the outfits you choose. Select outfits that are appropriate for your location and make sure that you stay away from distracting prints and accessories.

-       Get your nails done. Since there will be a lot of close up shots of your hands, it’s important to have your nails done if you want photos that look really good. Make sure that your partner’s nails are trimmed and clean too.

-       Clean your ring. Your beautiful new engagement ring will be featuring in a lot of photos so make sure that it’s clean and sparkly for your shoot.

-       Pack comfortable shoes. If you will be moving around to different spots in-between photos, have a pair of flat, comfortable shoes on hand to make this easier.

-       Plan your wardrobe change. If you will be changing outfits during your shoot, make sure that you’ve also packed shoes and accessories to match.

-       Bring water and snacks. Since you will be busy for an hour or two, it helps to have some light snacks and water on hand to keep you hydrated and energized.

-       Don’t forget about touch-ups. You never know when you may need to touch up your lipstick or blot your face to get rid of excess oil and sweat so come prepared in terms of makeup and blotting paper. 

Finally…aim to make a day out of it! Since you’re going to be all dressed up already, why not plan a lovely late lunch or early dinner after your engagement shoot to end the day off perfectly. 

Rocky Mountain Engagement Session - ©2019 JENuine Photography

Rocky Mountain Engagement Session - ©2019 JENuine Photography

Tips for Reception Exit Photos

The grand exit photos can be some of the trickiest images of your wedding day. It's fast paced and filled with various items being thrown or waved in your face. While exit photos can be a challenge they can also be some of your favorite images. To help you capture the energy and excitement of this mad dash into married life keep in mind these three tips.

 

3 Tips For Exit Photos Every Couple Should Know

1. Put Someone In Charge.

If you don't have a planner then you will want to put someone in charge of getting everyone set up outside for you big exit as well as getting your getaway transportation in place. You will also want to make sure they are handing out sparklers, rose petals or any other item your guests will throw to send you off. Make sure this person checks in with the photographer to ensure they are set and ready for you to make your exit before telling you it is time to go.

 

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2. Stop Halfway Through.

Once you begin your dash out of the reception hall you'll want to stop midway to give everyone a wave or enjoy a kiss in the moment. This allows your photographer to make any little adjustments to their camera settings as well as get a clearer image of the two of you without being overwhelmed with confetti or sparkler smoke.

 

3. Make a Dash For The Car.

You might be tempted to give everyone one last hug goodbye before you drive away but resist the urge. Once you are at your getaway car, get in and go. You can spend another hour saying goodbye to your guests and this makes it more difficult for the photographer to capture your final farewell from the vehicle. 

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Tips for Looking Thinner in Your Wedding Photos

Every bride wants to look and feel amazing on her wedding day but sometimes when you’re caught up in the stress and planning, exercising and eating right takes a back seat.

Thankfully there are three simple ways that you can still look incredible in all of your wedding photos if you aren’t at your ideal wedding weight. 

1. Add a little height. A beautiful pair of heels is one of the easiest ways to look slimmer. Heels can get a bit uncomfortable but you don’t need to wear them the entire day. Slip them on as you get ready and keep them on for the ceremony, couple portraits and your first dance. After that, slip on a pair of flats so that you can comfortably party the night away. There’s no need to wear stilettos either, opt for a comfy wedge if you need to. Don’t wear anything higher than three inches. 

1. Add a little height. A beautiful pair of heels is one of the easiest ways to look slimmer. Heels can get a bit uncomfortable but you don’t need to wear them the entire day. Slip them on as you get ready and keep them on for the ceremony, couple portraits and your first dance. After that, slip on a pair of flats so that you can comfortably party the night away. There’s no need to wear stilettos either, opt for a comfy wedge if you need to. Don’t wear anything higher than three inches. 

2. Choose the right dress. Before you buy a dress take your body shape into consideration and choose something that will allow you to feel comfortable if you’re not able to reach your goal weight before the wedding. An empire waist will help you hide those hips while a corseted gown will suck in your waist and show off your bust. If you’re not afraid to highlight your curves, opt for a well-tailored mermaid style gown. An A- line silhouette suites nearly every body type so try one on. 

2. Choose the right dress. Before you buy a dress take your body shape into consideration and choose something that will allow you to feel comfortable if you’re not able to reach your goal weight before the wedding. An empire waist will help you hide those hips while a corseted gown will suck in your waist and show off your bust. If you’re not afraid to highlight your curves, opt for a well-tailored mermaid style gown. An A- line silhouette suites nearly every body type so try one on. 

3. Straighten up. Your posture makes a huge difference to how you look and feel in your wedding photos. Loosen up your shoulders before your photos and take a few deep breaths. Stand up tall and keep your shoulders back but make sure that you still feel relaxed and not rigid. Lengthen your torso from the top of your head; you’ll automatically stand a little straighter. 

3. Straighten up. Your posture makes a huge difference to how you look and feel in your wedding photos. Loosen up your shoulders before your photos and take a few deep breaths. Stand up tall and keep your shoulders back but make sure that you still feel relaxed and not rigid. Lengthen your torso from the top of your head; you’ll automatically stand a little straighter.