He popped the question, you said “Yes, of course!”, and now it’s time to start planning your Raleigh, NC engagement session! You probably have some many questions in your mind ranging from ,”Where should we take these photos?” to “What on earth do we wear?”
I know that the hardest part of planning your wedding and engagement session is not knowing where to start, so allow me to help you with the following tips!
We tend to do our engagement sessions during golden hour. This means we typically start shooting two hours prior to sunset depending on your location. The timing of sunset varies greatly throughout the year so the timing can vary as well. In the cooler months, we will likely start your session around 3pm. In the warmer months it can vary anywhere between 5pm-7pm.
The biggest piece of this puzzle is certainly your outfits. We recommend two outfits for your engagement session. Most couples select one dressy outfit and one casual one, however you’re welcome to have multiple dressy outfits if you’d like! The goal for your engagement session is not to be “matchy-matchy” but to coordinate!
As tempting as it may be, we do not recommend getting a fake tan. We totally understand wanting to be tan for your pictures, however spray tans can sometimes cause “Oompa Loompa” skin tones in post processing. Natural skin tones photograph the best!
We will be photographing your shiny new bling so make sure to get your nails done!
If you’re wearing heels, bring sandals or flip flops to wear when walking between locations. Some locations require a lot walking, and I don’t want you to be in pain from your footwear!
You’re already all dressed up, so why not make a special occasion out of it! Go on a date night to a spot you’ve been wanting to try. Besides it may help your groom to get more on board with the session if he has food as a motivator 😉
I hope these tips will be helpful for you as you plan out your engagement session! I know having your photos made can be intimidating, but you two are going to look fabulous and so very in love! I will walk you through exactly what to do so that you’ll not only walk away with genuine photos of you and your love, but you’ll have fun while taking them!
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Tierney and her husband are Raleigh wedding photographers serving Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and surrounding areas. They serve timeless couples that want an effortless experience that allows them to feel comfortable in front of the camera, and have genuine images that capture the excitement of their wedding day.