Thinking of an Engagement Shoot?

Newly engaged or been engaged for a while, an engagement shoot is a great way to become familiar with your photographer. Here are a few tips to help you have a great photography shoot session. Keep in mind that this is supposed to be fun! While the wedding day can be stressful, this is the perfect time to get together with your honey and just focus on loving each other in a stress free environment.

#1 – Outfit Choices

Most of our couples have two outfits for their session: one that’s a bit nicer (slacks and a button up/dress), and one that is more casual (sweater/jeans, tee shirt/shorts). When you two are trying to figure out what to wear, it’s important to remember that it’s better to coordinate than to match. Bright, colorful details (such as jewelry, shoes, etc) are awesome and really POP in photos.

#2 – Timing is Everything

Please do everything you can to be on time to your session! When we schedule our photo sessions, it’s usually at a time where we can use the light to our fullest advantage! If you happen to arrive 10, 15, 20 minutes late for the shoot, you could really be cutting into the valuable time we have before the sun sets for the day.


photo by Lovejoy Photography and Heritage Maker

#3 – Best Shooting Times

Typically an hour after sunrise and and hour before sunset is the best time to take pictures. Sunrise is beautiful, but sunset is really when I love making the magic happen! That soft, gorgeous, warm light is perfect!!!

#4 – Get Dolled Up

Usually when you book your wedding makeup artist, they include a trial so you can see what your look will be like at the wedding. The engagement shoot is a great time to use that trial so you can look and feel your best! Because when you feel beautiful, it will radiate from the inside out!
And while we’re on the subject, while you’re prepping for your engagement shoot, it’s also a great chance to get your ring cleaned so that your bling is as sparkly as possible  when we take pictures!



Ready to book your engagement session? Give me a call at 315.374.0506 or 585.348.7380

Mary Beth Lovejoy

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thank you to Judith of Fresh Look Photography for her insights


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