Before you got engaged you were rarely in front of a professional camera. Now with all of the wedding related events, photo sessions and the actual wedding oh-my how times have changed. So when it comes time to take center stage for your engagement session, how do you ensure your engagement photos look natural? You want your love for each other to be at the forefront without any awkward poses. Fret not my friends, here is my insight on making sure those engagement photos look natural and capture the true you, and let’s be real… are mantle worthy!

how to make your engagement photos look natural

BOND WITH YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER

This might be the most important tip! If you’re not feeling your photographer’s personality during the consultation, you’re likely not going to vibe with them during your engagement session. The last thing you want is a photographer who makes you feel uncomfortable. Go with your intuition when selecting your photographer. If it feels natural with them when you first meet, you’re on the right track. Your photographer will be spending a lot of time with you (not to mention all day on your wedding day), so make sure you click!

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ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS

In my Questions to Ask series, I breakdown all of the questions you should be asking your photographer. But there is one question you should be sure to ask your short list of photographers. Ask about the photographers process before and during the session. Talented photographers have detailed processes in creating a great end result. Make sure the photographer asks you questions as well about you as a couple and how you wish to be captured. Talk about how to blend your style and home decor, along with your wardrobe and locations. You do after all want these photos ending up on your save the date cards! Figuring this out ahead of time will build confidence even before you step foot in front of the camera.

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DON’T OBSESS OVER THE DETAILS

Once you’ve worked out all the details leading up to your session, trust in the plan you choose. Obsessing over the weather, your coordinating outfits and location decisions will drive you crazy. Overthinking all of the details can take you away from being yourself and looking natural. Make a plan and then stick with it to make your engagement photos look natural.

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BE YOURSELVES

When the day finally arrives you should already have bonded with your photographer and know what to expect, so now it’s time to be YOU. At the beginning people tend to be a bit nervous and that’s okay! Most photographers are good at getting couples to relax and help with your nerves. Photographers pay attention to little subtleties, whether you smile a lot, and how affectionate you are towards one another. These subtle mannerisms are the real you and if you’ve picked the right photographer, they should pick up on that. If the photographer directs you to do something that isn’t natural to you, speak up!

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FOCUS ON ONE ANOTHER

Don’t only focus on smiling for the photographer, embrace one another. Let the photographer do his job of observing you, not you observing the photographer. Make each other laugh, hold hands, be with each other – together in the moment. Try to quiet your thoughts and be present, focused on each other. Trust me, if you ignore your photographer and give all of your attention to one another, you will create natural looking photos just by being yourselves.