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tips to relax

and have Fun

It is important to have fun during your Engagement session.  After all you want to look happy, joyful and in love in anticipation of your big day!   Some of the best photos happen when you are relaxed and just having fun.  Once you have the outfits planned it should be smooth sailing from there.  If you are having trouble with selecting outfits head on over to my Engagement Style Guide for some tips to make it easy!  But if you've got that down, read below to see 5 tips to relax and have fun at your engagement session.


#1 Location

When choosing a location choose somewhere that is meaningful to you as a couple.  Whether its time you have spent at the beach or the joy you have camping in the woods, make it a place that you enjoy together.  It is also good to think about the season you are getting your engagement portraits.  In the fall you could take advantage of the red and orange colored trees, in the winter take advantage of the snow, during the spring the wildflowers are in full bloom and in the summer the beaches have long beautiful sunsets.  

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#2 Activities

Activities are a great way to give your engagement session something fun and  natural to do while making the session individual and interesting.  Whether hiring a rowing boat on a lake, riding horses, hanging in a vintage car, riding bikes or checking out an antique market each provides a variety of fun filled shots!  It also helps your photographer get to know you to provide you with the session of your dreams because the more relaxed and comfortable you are the better your shots will be.

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#3 Hobbies & Pets

Bringing in hobbies such as golf, boating, fishing  or board games are another way to make your shoots personal and comfortable.  They are an opportunity to show your personality!  Another way is to incorporate your pet!  After all they are a part of your family.  Animals are sure to make a shoot fun and exciting.


#4 Hair & Make-Up

If you are a novice or don't feel comfortable doing your own hair or make-up try hiring a professional to do the work for you.  If you are doing your hair and make-up yourself make sure to give yourself a little extra time.  Buy  some new items and test them out a few days before the session.  Remember to wear a little more make up than usual while still keeping it fairly natural as make up doesn't show up as strong in photos.  But no matter what remember you are beautiful!

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#5 Props

Think about your session and what kinds of props may go with your style of session.  If you don't have the prop check with your photographer to see if they have the prop you are looking for.  Props are a great way to have interaction and bring a little playfulness.  You could use a blanket to cuddle with, a beautiful chair, a sign with a cute quote or some balloons.  Make sure that your prop is stylish and even better are unique to you!


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