How To Nail Your Proposal Pictures
One of the coolest things about getting to do wedding photography is the opportunity to be a part of the entire process. Not only do I get to shoot the big wedding day, but many times, I get to be a part of the proposal, engagement pictures, showers, parties, and many other parts of the process. Not only do I love the diversity of what I get to shoot, but I love getting to know a couple and their family. Being a part of the entire process allows us to become friends, and it also creates for better pictures. Once we know each other and trust each other, the shots become much more organic and relaxed.
Today I want to talk to you about the proposal pictures. Men, listen up! This can be one of the most pressure-filled events of the wedding process and I want to be sure that you get it right when it comes to the photography. Typically, there are elements of surprise when it comes to the proposal pictures, so you want to make sure that everything is spelled and planned out to a tee. Below are three things that are absolutely imperative while planning your proposal photography:
1. Meet with your photographer beforehand-Going online, looking at the Yelp reviews, and booking an appointment with a photographer isn’t going to work in this situation. There’s too many things that need planned out. Plus, you need to know each other. You’re going to have to let your photographer know the intimate details of how you want things done and why you want them done the way you do. Meeting beforehand will allow you to get to know your photographer and allow them to get to know you. It will allow you to come up with a set-in-stone plan of how the event will go and will give you confidence that everything will go smoothly.
2. Go to the proposal spot with your photographer-I’ve heard of many crazy things happening for proposal shots. From photographers hiding in trees, and under rocks, to sitting far off in the woods, it is something that has to be planned. Allow your photographer the time that he needs to find the spots that will allow for the best shots of your proposal. On top of that, this will allow him to determine what kind of equipment he’s going to need to bring and how he is going to need to dress for the big event.
3. Let your photographer do their job- Of course, you need to communicate with your photographer what exactly you are looking for and how you want things to be done. But, allow them to show you what kind of shots are going to come out best in the setting that you have chosen. Allow them to show you what locations and spots are going to give you the best lighting and the most opportunity for romantic shots. They do this for a living and they want your photos to be the most memorable photos that they can be. Be open with each other and communicate what both of you think will turn out most in line with your expectations and I can guarantee you that you will be far happier than you ever would’ve been controlling everything yourself.
The proposal photos can be so much fun. There is so much emotion involved because of the magnitude of the event and the elements of surprise that are often involved. Communication and planning are key when you are doing this and will allow for far less stress on the day of the event. Get to know your photographer, so that you know what to expect of each other. Show them the spot that it is happening and communicate what you’re looking for while listening to what they think is going to turn out best. Doing these things will give you the least amount of stress and the best experience you could ever imagine for your proposal photos!
Until next time,