When Tim and I got engaged, the very first thing I wanted to do was book our photographer. Well, that's a lie. The first thing I wanted to do was get our neighbor out of our apartment, seeing as he busted in right after I said "yes" and asked if he could borrow an oven rack. That happened. Our neighbor interrupted our post-proposal bliss to borrow an oven rack . One has to wonder . . . how do you lose an oven rack? But, I digress.
The second thing I wanted to do was book our photographer. As I've mentioned before, I was a bit of a Pre-Engaged Wedding Creeper. I was a part of the (probably not-so) small segment of women who peruse wedding blogs and stalk wedding photographers far before they're actually engaged. In order to keep me from turning into Ursula the Sea Witch, Tim agreed to meet with Noelle from Fishtale Photography pretty much seconds after we picked a date and booked a venue. Noelle probably thought I was a little bit nuts. I admitted to stalking her blog for the past six months and made it no secret that I have a definite photo-crush on her. We booked her almost instantly and a couple of months later it was time for engagement photos.
I have to be honest here; Tim and I don't exactly shy away from the spotlight. In fact, Tim is a self-proclaimed "attention whore" who sang onstage at the Shout House on our fifth date. I was pretty sure that these engagement photos were going to be a breeze.
This is how he wooed me. Kinda.
Like I said, all signs pointed to this engagement session being pretty easy. I thought we'd be dipping and twirling all over the place, our photos destined for a popular wedding blog feature. To give a bit of perspective, here are our honest-to-goodness first few photos:
Suffice to say, we didn't have this as figured out as I'd thought. Tim clammed up and acted like an awkward goofball, and I got to embarrassed to do anything but giggle uncontrollably. We were both a few frames away from ditching out and heading to the nearest bar. Luckily, we hired a completely awesome photographer who talked us off the ledge. We started off awkward because we had no idea what to expect.
Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me About Engagement Photos
1. Practice a little bit of PDA beforehand. You will hear a lot of "turn and kiss each other" or "wrap your arms around her" and "you guys stand and kiss for a while, I'll be over here" during your session. If you and your hunny-bun aren't naturally predisposed to getting snuggly in public, I suggest giving it a spin before you get in front of the camera. It will feel more natural, and you may actually be able to ignore the people who stare as you make out on the sidewalk.
This definitely caused some stares. I don't know if it was the PDA, or that it took six tries...
2. Laugh together. Laugh a lot. My favorite pictures of us are when we started to be ourselves and let loose. They look exactly the way that I picture us, and that rocks.
3. Let your impulsive side out. Don't wait for the photographer to tell you how to pose. Let your fiance pick you up and twirl you. Hop on a Nice Ride bike and go for a spin. Bring a prop that's an inside joke for just the two of you. No matter what the outcome is, you'll have a blast looking through the proofs.
Our self-invented monogram. Cheesy? Maybe. Us? Totally.
4. Get a few signature photos. For us, this meant bringing the fact that we're huge Vikings fans (don't get me started on this season) into the shoot. We brought our puppy, Jared Allen, and our jerseys for the last few shots. It was so much fun, and it took the experience so much further than an engagement shoot.
5. Wear appropriate undergarments. I'm just saying. You never know when you might need to change outfits in your car outside of Joe's Garage during happy hour. Think about it.
Most importantly, have a blast! Trust me, you'll love the outcome.