Tanya here with my first tips post on the IbA Blog. Now, for a bit of context: Annu and I complement each other in a lot of ways, we balance each other out. Where I like to be organized, he's more go-with-the-flow. Where he's a movie buff, I like TV shows more. Where I'm sorru-curry (aka rice and curry), he's a roti kinda guy. And when it comes to clients, he's the nice guy, and I'm tough love. I say the things that you may not want to hear but are always in your best interest - I'm not always the greatest at sugar coating either. So keep that in mind when reading my stuff - it's all done out of love :)
With that being said, I bring to you some tips to help you plan your engagement shoot (there are many more, I'll probably have to make at least another post).
1. Be mentally prepared – it is going to be a long day. A VERY long day. Most people don’t realize that for each final photo you see online, there are scores of the same pose, altered in slightly different ways and taken from different angles and different light settings. Though engagement shoots are very fun and memorable, they can be tiring as well. Make sure to have a good mindset and attitude going into it!
2. Keeping Tip #1 in mind… SLEEP! A good night’s rest is so important to help you last through your engagement shoot. Have everything laid out about 2-3 days ahead of time so all you have to do the day before is run through the things you’ve set aside and make sure you didn’t forget anything.
3. Also in reference to Tip #1… EAT! It’s going to be a long day. Don’t starve yourself in the morning because you don’t want a little cushion that can come with a hearty meal. Eat well and be energized. Trust us – if it matters that much to you, it is far easier to trim down a little extra lovin’ than it is to change a cranky/tired/impatient face to a happy one. Who doesn’t get happy after a nice full meal? :)
4. Bring a friend! Bringing one or two friends really enhances the overall shoot as you have someone set to help you with your stuff (so that you are not lugging a bunch of stuff around from spot to spot while you are in heels). They’re also great in lightening the atmosphere for fun, candid photos.
5. Do. Not. Match. The days of styling in the exact same shade of each other are long gone. When styling your outfits, it’s important to distinguish between matching and coordinating. If one is wearing a bright orange dress, the other should not be wearing a bright orange shirt. The key is to find the balance of not matching, but not clashing - ask us if you feel unsure.
6. Nails – we have no preference as to whether the bride gets them done at the salon, at home, or doesn’t paint them at all – all we ask is that they’re neat, trimmed, and clean. This applies to gents as well! No long, dirty fingernails! There is going to be a lot of hand holding and ring shots, so let’s keep it clean, folks!
7. Ladies, have your ring cleaned before the shoot so that your bling blings!
8. Back up – if the weather calls for temperatures that are cooler than the outfits that you are wearing, bring a sweater/coat. You can keep it on as we move from shot to shot and just throw it off as needed.
9. And the most important thing to ensure that you get the best photographs possible is that you give us moments to capture! Breathe and relax! Steal looks at each other! Smile! Laugh! Kiss! Show us how truly in love you are!
Hope you enjoyed these tips! I'll have to make a follow up so if you've been through your engagement shoot and have a tip that can help someone else out, please leave it in the comments below!
Much love, talk soon!