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Wedding Photography Guide – How to Prepare for your Photo Shoot

It’s getting close to your photo shoot day and you begin to wonder.  What can I do to prepare for this shoot?  Or are you wondering?  Just like anything else in life, you can’t be your best if you don’t prepare.  Your photographer does so much to prepare for the session (at least they should) and I personally expect the same from my couples.  It’s a two way street to create amazing images.

So, what do you do to prepare?  How much time to you need to dedicate? How inconvenient is this going to be?  Let me reassure you it’s really simple with a little planning.  Below are our suggestions for helping you be prepared for the best photo session!

Deciding what to wear

Let’s pretend for just a moment that you’re not engaged, but instead are about to go on your first date.  You’re chatting with your girlfriends and trying to figure out what you’re going to wear.  You want to look your best and give a great first impression so you try on different outfits until you find the perfect look.  Do this for your engagement session!  Try on what you have and if it’s not what you’re wanting then take the time to go find it.  You’re engagement session is a prime opportunity to have really amazing images of just you two that you can look back on for years.  Take the time to create the look you really want.  If you’re not sure what you want, check out another The Guide series: The Guide – What To Wear To An Engagement Session. Also, think about bringing an extra comfy pair of shoes for when you’re walking around location to location.

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Props or No Props?

Many couples ask me about bringing props to the Engagement Session.  The answer is……it’s completely up to you.  Helpful right? (HA!) But really, that’s the answer.  What you need to ask yourself is what do I want out of this session.  Do I want photos of us having a picnic in a beautiful park?  Do I want to play with balloons on the beach?  What about a sign?  Some couples use props to help them showcase an activity they like to do together.  Some even use props as a distraction because they are nervous about the photo shoot.  While props can be great, I personally don’t use them in every single shot.  Which ever your decision is, talk to your photographer and get any advice from them you can.  Remember….communication is key to a great experience.

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Hair and Make Up

A lot of our brides will take advantage of doing a hair and make up trial and utilizing it on the day of the engagement session.  It’s prime opportunity to see how a certain look will show in photographs.  The camera typically makes the make up look lighter than a mirror does.  So if you do decide to apply your own, I encourage you to go a little heavier than normal.  For hair…please at least brush your hair! Really.

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What to eat and drink

I’ll start with what to drink:  Water.  Lots and lots of water.  Being hydrated can help prevent a lack of energy and/or headaches.  This also helps flush out your system of toxins.  As for food…while I love a good cheeseburger and fries (a huge weakness of mine) eating this right before a photo shoot is not the grandest of ideas.  Any greasy, high in carbs foods are not in your best interest.  Anything that can lead to bloating you want to stay away from.  Make healthy choices and you’re on the path to looking your best.

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What about a good detox?

Every day, our bodies are surrounded by toxins from the air we breathe, to the food and drinks we put in our bodies and beyond.  Every day, our bodies work hard to remove these toxins, however, sometimes there is just too much for our bodies to naturally remove on it’s own.  That’s where a good detox bath can come into play, and who doesn’t like an excuse to have 20 minutes to themselves and soak in a hot bath? Check out an article I found on Healthy Living How To‘s website called: Why and Hot to Take a Detox Bath.

So there you have it my friends!  Our suggestions on the best way to prepare for your photo shoot!  If you’ve tried other things that have helped you prepare for a photo shoot in the past, be sure to leave your tips in the comments below!

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