HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR
NYC ENGAGEMENT SESSION
why do you need engagement photos?
Being engaged is a wonderful feeling. Why not celebrate your love by having a photographer to capture these moments?
Now that you are engaged, you start stalking Instagram accounts and boards from Pinterest to get various ideas. It is not only exciting but fun at the same time.
Your feelings and memories while preparing for your wedding will start from your engagement photo session.
Why do An Engagement session in NYC?
New York City is a great place to have an engagement photo session. The city has everything from beautiful streets and cityscapes. It is a place of history, luxury and modern lifestyle.
Engagement photos are all about capturing your love in the most attractive and inspiring landmarks. And, New York City has them all. The city has various places with different of looks and vibes that guarantee what you want in your engagement photos. And, photographers will guide you around and photograph you as a loving couple.
Basic Requirements to have best engagement photos:
A great outfit.
THINK DATE NIGHT! Impress each other with style.
Connection with each other. Have fun!
Booking the right NYC engagement photographer.
Here's one important note you should know from us:
NYC Wedding Photographer will be there for you and help you in every stage to create romantic engagement photos. We have connections with anything you need in the city, a bottle of champagne, Geronimo balloons, hair and make up stylist and florist. You name it.
HOW TO PREPARE YOUR ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS IN NYC
1. Decide what to WEAR FOR YOUR ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS
There are few things to have in mind when planning your engagement photos outfits.
The first thing to consider is a season. Wear something comfortable according to a temperature and a season.
The second thing is finding your style. Try to choose an outfit that shows real 'you'. Getting photographed is about being natural - being yourselves. Whether you like a lace dress, suit, or anything that makes you comfortable, it is about showing your personality.
However, try not to go crazy with your outfits. Try consulting with your photographer who knows the best style. You can even text or send some pictures of options you were considering.
If not, then here some tips for you to consider when choosing your outfit. Keep in mind. Engagement photos are not about your clothes but you as a couple!
Balanced Colors not busy or too bright.
Try to avoid stripes.
2. HOW TO HAVE a PERFECT KISS
Some people have hard time showing their perfect kiss. But, it is actually simple.
A good way to get an excellent engagement photo is for you to be yourselves. Forget about the photographer being there. Ignore other pedestrians. But, try to remember why you are with each other. Remember your first date. Talk about it together while looking at each other's eyes. Feel the mood and connection and let a kiss to do the rest.
There are different kinds of kiss that have different meanings. Choose one that is appropriate to you.
The Breathtaking Kiss
There is one rule to get a perfect kiss: committing to a moment before the kiss. Like we said before, it is about building your emotion and feelings toward your partner. Hold it and feel the moment shared.
Different types of kisses
Kissing a forehead: "I care about you".
Kissing on a cheek: "An endearing moment".
Kissing on a hand: "Delicate and sweet".
Kissing on a neck: "Passionate".
3. NYC ENGAGEMENT PHOTO PROPS
These days, everyone uses props. But, do not go crazy and buy props immediately. It may have different effects. Try not to choose props just because they are popular and flashy. Choose props that relate to you and to your partner.
WHY PROPS CAN BE A GOOD IDEA ?
Props can help you to stay comfortable in front of a camera. It can tell a story about your interests.
Here are some photoshoot props ideas you’ll simply love to include them in your engagement pictures.
Examples of good props (or a pet):
Chalk Boards (for your important date or keywords)
4. Choosing a right photographer for you
Once you have decided on where you would both like to have your engagement session, it's time to search for the right photographer. You want to make sure the photographer you chose is capable of carrying out your expectation. And, you want the photographer to make sure they make you feel comfortable and at "home".
Follow our seven steps to determine a perfect photographer and be ready to get a perfect images.
STEP 1. DECIDE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHIC STYLE FOR YOUR PICTURES
We, as photographers, would be more than happy to know what you are looking for from your engagement photos. More information, the better. Pin some images from Pinterest. Or, show us your favorite pictures from Instagram. We know how to photograph them. Just let us know. Then, we will prepare everything to get your perfect shots.
Creative & Artistic
STEP 2. BUILD A CONNECTION WITH YOUR ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER
What is a point of hiring a capable photographer, even though she or he is not a right fit for you. There are many cases where couples experience an awful engagement sessions because of their photographer. These days, everyone has a camera, and everyone thinks they are a photographer. Not every photographer is created equal. And, the ones who are good will make your engagement shoot feel amazing and will give you the perfect photos.
So, knowing your photographer is important. Ultimately, your photographer is the one clicking a shutter button to capture amazing photos (or terrible photos). Therefore, take your time to know your photographer. Read the photographer's bios, social profiles and even carefully read his or her replies to you. Add them on Facebook and Instagram too!
STEP 3. GO THROUGH THE ENGAGEMENT PORTFOLIO THOROUGHLY
If you found a photographer with a great (or decent) personality, then it is time for you to check the photographer's ENTIRE portfolio.
However, take extra caution. Photographers will only show their best ones in their portfolio, possibly selected from few photo sessions. You should act like an investor or employer and assess how a stock or an employee can underperform. And, you must assess a risk of taking that.
Go beyond than looking at photographers' website and instagram account. While trying to know your photographer, just kindly ask for different set of engagement photos, or even different type of portfolios.
After you do all these steps, you will know your answer about the photographer.
STEP 4. READ WHAT OTHER PEOPLE SAY ABOUT YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER
Another best way of getting to know your photographer is reading what other people say about the photographer. You can check following platforms: Google reviews, Yelp and even other social medias like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
STEP 5. GREAT ENGAGEMENT PHOTO LOCATIONS IN NYC
When you search for best cities to take engagement photos, New York City is top of the list. And the city has various places that gives different looks. We actually have a post about best places to take engagement photos in New York, other than the Central Park or the Brooklyn Bridge. Hope it helps you make a decision where to do your engagement session.
STEP 6. WHEN TO SCHEDULE YOUR ENGAGEMENT SHOOT ?
For those who do not live in New York and are coming to the city for your shoot, we recommend scheduling your engagement photoshoot in a midpoint of your journey. We have four major reasons for that.
1. Rest well
Being photographed takes more energy than you think. You will walk and you will stand for a long time. So, rest is a must-have before your session. And, sleep is important!
New York City is famous for high-end shopping. You might even find another perfect outfit for your shoot (but don't entirely count on this until the last minute).
3. Explore NYC
When you stroll around the city, you might find interesting neighborhood to explore. Go enjoy and live like a a true New Yorker.
Or, you can even scout out the locations where you will be shooting your own engagement session.
Unfortunately, this happens. If you can't take photos due to a terrible weather, having a few extra days could allow you to get another chance.
STEP 7. GETTING AROUND NYC ON YOUR DAY OF ENGAGEMENT PHOTOSHOOT
Public transportation in NYC is well organized. And, it can take you everywhere you need to go. However, we highly suggest you take our favorite method that helps you to be comfortable.
Our favorite ways to commute around the city is by public taxis or Uber (or Lyft or Via). Not only it gives you a comfort, commuting in a car gives you space and time to take a break from an intense schedule.
WHAT CAN I DO WITH MY ENGAGEMENT PHOTOs?
Your engagement photos will last for a lifetime. Share them with your friends and family. Show them off!
Other ideas on how to use your engagement photos:
Using them on your wedding day's guest book.
Sharing online to announce your engagement!
Use them in your website or other social media platform you have.
They can be a framed gifts to your family.
So, that is it. We hope you enjoyed our article here. And, we hope you found it helpful.
Here are some other engagement photos done from our favorite places to do an engagement session in New York.
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