How To Best Prepare For a Shoot

This blog post is intended for potential engagement portrait sessions with Accent Photography and Video.

How soon before our wedding should we have the engagement shoot?

The answer really depends on how you intend to use the photos.

Typically, couples want to use at least one of the photos for their save-the-dates – in this case sooner is better.  If you don’t care about save-the-dates, your next consideration should be location. If you have a specific place in mind, perhaps a spot that’s special to you both, that location may look better at certain times of year more than others. At Accent Photography and Video, we have a studio on site. 


Where should we have our engagement session?

If you don’t already have a place in mind that’s special to you both, we have a studio on site. We refer to it as our 'portrait park'. We have various trees, benches, tall grass, farm fencing & a hill top that overlooks the valley. Couples can also use the studio rest room for changing clothes.


What should we wear?

Since most of our engagement shoots happen outdoors, and we like to experiment with a variety of poses. We recommend casual clothing, no crazy patterns or logos. If we’re shooting in the forest, don’t wear really dark colors unless you have a ninja-themed engagement shoot. You don’t have to be all matchy-matchy, but it would be cool if there was some subtle stylistic connection between you both – perhaps your scarf matches his undershirt – be creative. Ladies, feel free to bring multiple tops or outfits. Feel free to bring a bag with a couple outfit options along, but be prepared to constantly pick it up and put it down throughout the shoot. Guys, don’t wear a shirt one size too small, even if it does make you look tough; it will make some poses feel awkward because you won’t have full arm mobility.


Can we show you some poses we want to recreate from bridal magazines / Pinterest / Google Images?

We consider ourselves to be quite creative, but there’s so much inspiration out on the web. At Accent Photo and Video, we believe in the co creation process with the couple and encourage you to come with ideas and we can plan accordingly

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