My guide to an awesome Engagement Session
Although I understand that you will feel a bit camera shy and awkward in front of your photographer at first and it not always easy for you to get used to. But the best advice that I can give is to relax and be yourself, so you will look natural and confident in the photographs. Of course, I will be there to guide you throughout the shoot in terms of posing and where to stand.
Best time to shoot
Ideally, Engangement shoots will happen anytime between your initial booking and your actual wedding day. I would highly recommend choosing a week day for a couple of good reasons. Firstly, popular places to take photos are not as crowded as it is on the weekends, saving our time trying to find the right spot/ angle to avoid people and potentially ruining good shots. Secondly, weekends are when 99% of the weddings happens so I might not be available to shoot for you.
Regarding time of day, there's no better light than the magical golden hour which happens 1-2 hours before sunset. The sun is lower, more directional with warm glow and usually comes with some epic clouds. So I typically prefer starting 2 hours before sunset. The time may varies during Day Light Savings. If you're early birds, we could also try to catch the first light of the day at sunrise.
*These are just my suggestions, which I think will contribute to improving the final quality of your photos. Your availability and preference is of course up to you and we can always work around that.
Where to shoot
Choosing the right location is one of the most important aspect to be discussed during your booking. Picture it in your mind, ask yourself if you'd like to go some where that's special/ memorable to you or some where with amazing backdrops, beaches, mountains, parks.
I am situated in Western Sydney and keen to travel some where around 1hr away. I however highly recommend travelling a bit further away from Sydney for some unique locations such as north to Hunter Valley or south to Kiama. This is if you want your photographs to be unique and differ from all other typical photos you may have seen around Sydney.
I'd also love to shoot in new locations where I never been to (where I need to be given sufficient time to research/ scout out this location prior to the shoot), so if you do have plan to travel out of Sydney for the shoot simply let me know and we'll make something happen.
If you are unsure about where to pick for your engagement session, please do not hesitate to consult me for some amazing recommendations and options to choose from.
What to wear
As I said earlier, it's best to be yourself and be relaxed. So wear whatever you feel comfortable with, easy for you to breath and move around freely. My recommendations:
- Don't bring along stuff that are unnecessary, the less you bring, the better. We will save time finding where to drop them then pick them up between shots and risk of losing them. It will somehow slow down the flow of the shoot which I always aim for it to be smooth and fun instead.
- No big logos or letter on outfits to minimise distractions.
- Pick the right footwear for the right location, you don't want to be walking on rock or sands with high heels. Bring extra pair of comfortable shoes/thongs if there is a bit of a walk.
- Choose your colours accordingly, you don't want to blend in with the background. Please ask me if you're not sure.
- All and all, please always match and compliment each other's outfits.
- Apart from outfits, also keep your skin and lips moisturised so you will look more alive and fresh in the photos.