If you’re anything like me, you hear the word *photos* and instantly clam up. Y’all, there’s a reason you see so little of my face around here….I am a straight cheese when that camera comes out! But with photography being such a core piece of the wedding planning process, we want to make sure you are best prepared when your photographer says “Smile!”
So today, we’re sitting down with our friend Kymmy at Kymberly Janelle Photography to give us the low-down on engagement photos. So Kymmy, tell us all the things! What they are, what they’re for, and how can our couples make them uniquely ‘theirs’?
This is the chance for the two of you to celebrate that ring! Your engagement photo session is a low-stress, fun way to practice those wedding day poses and loosen up in front of the camera. You’ll even get to bond with your photographer in the process which will make your wedding day that much smoother! Now that you have spent time together, know each other better, and can be comfortable together, you’ll be less nervous showing up on wedding day-of as strangers.
Your engagement photo images can be used everywhere! Think Save the Dates, wedding websites, invitations, Mom’s gallery wall, and social media feeds. BTW – If you’re utilizing your photos for Save the Dates, we typically recommend you schedule that session as soon as you’ve chosen your photographer. Save the Dates typically mail out 8-12 months before your wedding day, so getting your engagement session in beforehand is ideal.
We highly recommend getting engagement pictures with your wedding photographer! They are just another set of memories to last a lifetime, and we love seeing your smiling faces all over our instagram feeds.
This can depend on where your engagement photos are scheduled!
My number one tip with locations is to trust your engagement photographer. Share with them your style and vision, and they’ll find the perfect location– oftentimes a unique location you’ve never even heard of! Part of a photographer’s job is finding locations with the perfect light for the time of day you are shooting. Some great locations we love:
Each location photographs better at certain times of the day, so let your photographer know which background type you prefer and let them suggest the start time. The best times to shoot are early morning, and 1-2 hours before sunset for that gorgeous golden hour light.
Take note— There are several locations around the city that require permits and/or a shooting fee ranging from $25/hr-$150/hr. Some permits are required 30 days in advance (like the amazing Burr Oaks.) Double check that your engagement photographer has obtained the necessary permits before your engagement photos.
Wedding Planner’s Pro Tip! There are locations in the Kansas City area that do not allow photography. Please respect the rules and don’t ask your photographer to shoot there.
These engagement photos are a reflection of you and your love story. So why not make sure they reflect the both of you?! A few questions you could ask to get the creative juices flowing are:
Okay, but same. I am the queen of awkward poses and cheesy smiles, so I feel you! One of the best parts in having a pro wedding photographer taking your engagement photos is that they are well equipped to capture the natural you, even when it feels awkward. Your photographer’s number one goal is for your personality and love to be the focal point of each capture.
Wedding Planner’s Pro Tip! Our goal is to help demystify engagement photos. Our thought is, the more knowledge you have about the process, the more confident you’ll feel when that camera pops out! To help loosen couples up during their engagement photo session, your photographer will give encouragement to take photos in a place that’s comfortable and meaningful to you. They’ll also use tricks to make y’all laugh like, “Whisper your favorite food in her ear”, “flirt with each other”, and silly things like that!
Poses your photographer may use:
Eleven years ago I picked up a camera and knew that I knew that I’d be a photographer. June of this year it will officially be ten years and oh my goodness do I feel so incredibly blessed to be doing what I LOVE. I half jokingly refer to myself as my brides third wheel hype woman during the process of photographing them. I will be that person cheering you on that helllloooooo you’re getting married and also that you look real dang good while doing it.
My greatest joy and honor in life is raising my almost 5 year old son as a single mama. We love traveling so you will find us back in my home state of Washington every couple months photographing, and off in the colorado mountains as often as we can. I have an unhealthy obsession with coffee that I am slowly working on (by working on, I mean encouraging of course!)
Here is my biggest tip for you all – At the end of the day this is about the love the two of you share. Bring that love and have fun. Forget about trying to look like anyone else, dressing like anyone else. The story the two of you have is perfectly, uniquely you. Bring that! Trust your photographer to do their job and you do yours. Love that person in front of you real good.
Find out more about Kymmy!