An engagement session is a wonderful opportunity to introduce yourself to your photographer. You will receive a set of photographs that can be framed, composed in a album, stored in a custom print box (maybe one that will match your wedding print box?), used for Save The Date cards, or printed and matted in a gorgeous silk Museum Box.

If you haven’t been photographed professionally before, or you haven’t had flattering photographs taken of yourself before, this is the time to practice before your wedding and see what poses you like best.

All of Lisa’s engagement sessions last around an hour and a half and include a minimum of two outfit changes to provide variety to the collection of images presented. Engagement shoots are usually done outside in your favorite outdoor setting, and the best time will be the hour and half before sunset. This is to get the dreamy flattering golden light which is so beautiful!

I will place you into the best light and landscape and do some light directing. Most couples have never had their photograph taken professionally before and some light directing can help you feel more comfortable. You’ll be sure that you are moving your body into flattering angles and that your photographs will look natural, yet artistic.

Tips for the session:
Bring two outfits for the session and change for different locations.

Dress for the mood you want portrayed in the photographs. If you want soft, romantic, dreamy images then wear a light floaty dress that moves with the wind.

Clothing that moves easily is essential and creates a flattering line. You don’t want to look restricted and uncomfortable.

If you want the style to be more contemporary and high ­fashion, then wear a dress or outfit that is more edgy. The contrast of a modern dress in a natural setting is unexpected and unique. It’s especially well ­suited to the timelessness of black & white film photography.

It’s not necessary to match outfits to each other. This can a look a little 1990s and a little tired. Just because your mother says you must each wear jeans and a white t­shirt, doesn’t mean you have to listen! She is right though when she says neutrals are very flattering. Neutrals can be amazing when there is a pop of color from a statement necklace or a scarf.

Have a look at my Pinterest board for more engagement session outfit inspiration: http://pinterest.com/lisaodwyerphoto/engagement­shoot­outfit­ideas/