Here are some of our favorite photos and our best tips.
1.) Pick a talented photographer. We used Amy Kate Photography in Austin, TX. I had seen her work from a high school friend's wedding pictures and was sold. A good photographer will be able to tell you exactly what she wants you to do. Make sure you get recommendations that you trust. Also, keep in mind the lighting and weather when scheduling a session. We opted to meet at a very early 8am in order to have cooler weather and morning light.
2.) Lay out your clothes ahead of time, and find colors that look good together. I think bright colors show up nicely. All of my outfits are from Modcloth.
3.) Bring a combination of casual and a little more dressy outfits, but above all, be comfortable. You want to be able to move around and even be on the ground, and if you aren't comfortable, it will show in the pictures. Also, consider planning other trials near to the photos. For example, those flowers are my sample bridal bouquet from the florist. I kept them in the fridge for a few days and brought them to the photo shoot.
4.) Think ahead about what you will use the pictures for. For example, we wanted to do photos as our save the dates, so we brought along some props.
5.) Block out a couple of hours, and remember, your photographer will want to use a lot of different backgrounds. Just go with what he or she wants to try. Chances are, they have an eye for what will look good, and you'd be surprised how something can look different in a photo than in person.
6.) Wear cute shoes. They show up a lot in the pictures, but also, can make for a cute photo by themselves.
7.) Make sure to get some individual shots. They are prefect for parent/grandparent gifts, but also useful for the website for your bride/groom bios. Plus, I plan to frame that one of Brendan and put it in my office, and he's doing the same with the one of me. A note about hair and makeup-I did my own, and I'm glad I didn't hire someone. I think the more natural, the better, because the more it just looks like you.
9.) When you get your photos back, look for the candid ones. They might be some of your favorites.
I really love this photo because one day on a walk, Brendan held my hand, and it reminds me of that moment when I realized my best friend loved me too.
What a wonderful world...
Here's to your engagement and capturing the love you share!
<3 S, B (L&Z)