Romantic Engagement Shoot in Northeast Ohio

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How to have the best engagement shoot!

I have couples constantly reaching out saying things like “we are so awkward” and “we don’t know how to take photos together”. I love when clients say this because we all feel this way going into a shoot but I love to show them that they are not awkward at all. Here are a few of my top tips for having the best engagement shoot!

1. Wear something you are comfortable in

I always encourage my couples to pick out one outfit that is very “you”. It is so important that you feel comfortable and confident. You want to feel like yourselves in your photos! If you are wearing something uncomfortable you will spend the day adjusting and worrying about how you look. I want you to enjoy your session and enjoy each other, not spend your time fretting over your outfit!

I always recommend that my couples bring two outfits to their session: a dressy outfit – think long flowing dresses for her and a nice button down for him as well as a second casual look – like a cozy sweaters and jeans.

You can check out my style guide here for some ideas!

2. Clean your ring!

You want that diamond to sparkle! Make sure you clean your ring since your photographer will most likely be getting close ups. and let’s be honest who doesn’t like their ring looking extra fresh?

3. Make a day out of it

Plan out your day so that you don’t feel rushed. Get food at your favorite restaurant before your shoot. Enjoy time with each other and start connecting with each other before you get in front of the camera.

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If you do not know your significant other’s Love language, I highly recommend taking the quiz to find out! It is so important to know how to communicate your love to each other in a way that it is understood and appreciated.

If you don’t know what the love languages are here is a brief overview:

  • Words of affirmation – these individuals are most comfortable speaking and hearing verbal words to communicate love. These affirmations are usually in the form of compliments or praise. For example, try thanking them for cleaning the kitchen or taking out the trash.
  • Acts of service – this love language involves performing tangible tasks for your loved one, like preparing meals or taking care of the car.
  • Receiving gifts – if your love language is receiving gifts, you express your love by giving people thoughtful presents, and expect them to do the same. These individuals don’t need large expensive gifts, they can be a small item you saw that you thought they might like or even something you made for them.
  • Quality time – these individuals need to spend one-on-one, intimate time with their loved one to feel loved. This means a lot more than just sitting at home watching TV: it involves real face to face, meaningful interaction.
  • Physical touch – individuals whose love language is physical touch need to feel like they’re in contact with their loved one. They might need to hold hands and be more physically affectionate to feel and express love.

Whatever your partner’s love language happens to be, what’s most important is that you learn to show your love in the way that they need it.