Portland Maine engagement - how to plan for an engagement session
MOST people haven’t been in front of the camera for a portrait session, so it’s totally normal to feel clueless! I’ll use this couple’s session from Portland, Maine to share some tips to make sure we maximize every minute we have together at the shoot, and that you both truly enjoy the experience (and the photos that we create together)!
TIMING: It's totally up to you when you want to do it. If you’re planning a wedding, some folks like to do it a number of months out in order to use the images for save-the-dates or wedding favors. Other people like to wait until only a couple months before the wedding so that they can get used to the camera and feel more comfortable on the wedding day.
SEASON: What season would you like the photos to be set in? Do you want to ditch your shoes and head to the beach to splash around in the water, or be bundled up and cozy with a cup of coffee in the winter-time? If you’re getting married, maybe plan it for a different season than your wedding to switch up the vibe. For example, if your wedding is in the fall and your photos will feature fall foliage, then maybe consider a spring engagement session to get some variation with the spring flowers as a backdrop.
LOCATION: You can choose up to two spots to shoot at, as long as the travel time keep us within the 2 hour window for your session. I love it when couples choose a location that's meaningful to them- a park you go to on days off together, your favorite cafe or bookstore, your own home or backyard, the beach you go to in the summer (which can be really fun- and more private- in the off season too!), the trails you like hiking (as long as it doesn't require you to get TOO sweaty), etc. Or you can use it as an opportunity to explore a new place you've been meaning to check out together!
Do your best to be on time. Account for traffic when you're planning travel time. Usually sessions start right around golden hour (2 hours before sunset)- which is the BEST lighting for portraits. So if we start late, we won't be able to stay late because we can only shoot until the sun sets!
Wear whatever you normally would for a casual date- you want to feel like you in the photos. But there’s a fine balance- you don’t want to be held back by something too dressy that you’re worried about getting wrinkly/dirty, and you don’t want to be too casual that your future self judges you.
Avoid wearing all black because the detail will likely get lost in the photos.
Keep in mind we will probably be walking a lot, and potentially over muddy/rough terrain so comfortable shoes are helpful!
Feel free to bring an additional outfit. This gives you the opportunity to get 2 different looks in the photos (maybe one dressy, one casual!) Warning: You may need to change in your car, depending on the situation! Just be prepared for the adventure- I’ll stand guard!
I recommend leaving your belongings in your car or at home so that you're not carrying a purse/jacket around in all the photos.
It’s totally normal to feel nervous! My style is very candid, with a focus on the interaction between you two- easy right? Just be your true selves, and the photos will come! My job is to help you relax, feel natural, and give you direction if you need it- usually by telling you to focus on each other instead of the camera. Toward the end, you'll forget the camera’s even there!