How to Prepare for Your Engagement Photos

Are you really ready for your engagement photo session? Nicole Gesmondi of Nicole Gesmondi Photographer, LLC shares her tips on how to capture the perfect shots.

1. Location, location, location!

Choosing the setting of your photo session is important and should be meaningful, notes Gesmondi. If you love the beach, pick your favorite sandy spot; if you’re outdoorsy, choose a scenic park or walking trail; or if you love the city, have the skyline as your backdrop. For those who feel more comfortable at home (because there’s no place like home, right?) choose your front stoop or living room and keep it casual. Don’t have a particular place in mind? Ask your photographer! He or she may be able to suggest several locations and likely has shot in those places before.

2. Dress to Impress

Dressing the part is important to a successful photoshoot. While many couples coordinate their outfits and color schemes, it’s important not to be too matchy-matchy. There’s no particular dress code but Gesmondi suggests that whether you’re going for a formal or casual look, try to keep it classic: stick to solid prints instead of intricate patterns, stripes, plaids or bright neon colors.

3. Add Personality with Props

Having a theme and incorporating props into your shoot adds creativity and personality, and is most definitely a “do.” Fly a kite, have a picnic or bring your pet! There are countless ways to bring life (and fun) to your pictures.

4. Ask Questions!

Now’s a great time to pick your photographer’s brain and get answers to your questions. If you are concerned about the logistics of your wedding day or have some fun ideas for photo ops, take some time to discuss and brainstorm with your photographer. If it helps, prepare a list of questions beforehand so you don’t forget while you’re in the moment.

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Rhode Island Engagement Sessions by Nicole Gesmondi Photographer, LLC

Rhode Island Engagement Sessions by Nicole Gesmondi Photographer, LLC


Rhode Island Engagement Sessions by Nicole Gesmondi Photographer, LLC

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