5 tips for fabulous engagement photos

5 Tips for Fabulous Engagement Photos Advice from some of the best wedding photographers in Philadelphia We asked some of the best wedding photographers in Philadelphia if they had any tips for couples looking to have engagement photos taken. Here’s what they had to share:   “I don’t push engagement photos on couples, but if […]

5 Tips for Fabulous Engagement Photos

Advice from some of the best wedding photographers in Philadelphia

We asked some of the best wedding photographers in Philadelphia if they had any tips for couples looking to have engagement photos taken. Here’s what they had to share:

 

Philadelphia wedding photographer McShea Photography
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“I don’t push engagement photos on couples, but if there is one thing that I push is that we are able to get a dress rehearsal in prior to the wedding day. They get to see how I work behind a camera and I get to see how they react in front of one. By the time we get to the wedding day, we’re all pros at it.”

– Philadelphia Wedding Photographer David from McShea Photography


Philadelphia wedding photographer Ashley Gerrity Photography
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“For starters, have them taken! I always tell couples that the less interested they are in having engagement photos taken, the more likely it is that they need to have engagement photos taken! The wedding day is a terrible time to try to work through the camera nerves. Beyond that, we always talk through places that have been important to you and your relationship.”

– Philadelphia Wedding Photographer Ashley from Ashley Gerrity Photography


Philadelphia wedding photographer Forevermore Photos
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“Plan, plan plan. When I make a timeline it includes everything – travel time, time for gathering your stuff before getting into the car, when will the flowers arrive etc. Then share that timeline with everybody involved. Make sure they know where and when you want them. Then the day of the wedding let it go. Just go on automatic pilot and have fun.”

– Philadelphia Wedding Photographer Barb from Forevermore Photos


Philadelphia wedding photographer Peter Doyle Photography
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“Worry about the things you can control, like the number of locations to use and how much time to a lot for preparations and travel. Let the weather sort itself out.”

– Philadelphia Wedding Photographer Peter from Peter Doyle Photography


Philadelphia wedding photographer Wide Eyed Studios
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“Anywhere can be perfect for photos, but a meaningful place or a well-loved activity goes a long way to helping you look relaxed and happy. Some of my favorite spots: arboretums, arcades, apple orchards, wineries, amusement parks, or even your own kitchen! I prefer afternoon, evening, and even the night depending on the activity and location. The light gets more colorful as the day progresses, becoming more golden, rosy, then blue. The temperatures are usually best then as well! Try to avoid scheduling a noontime outdoor shoot if possible, the overhead sun produces flat and uninteresting light.

I find engagement shoots to be a wonderful opportunity for you to get used to BEING photographed (so that you’re not stressed about that on the big day), and for me to get used to your personalities, quirks and behavioral patterns, which allows me to create more honest and artistic images on the big day.”

– Philadelphia Wedding Photographer Ashley from Wide Eyed Studios

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