7 Awesome Engagement Shoot Tips ...


My own engagement shoot was nothing short of an amazing experience, thanks in part to the helpful engagement shoot tips our photographer – Damien Smith of Los Angeles’ Damien Smith Photography – took the time to share with us ahead of time.

Want to make sure your own shoot is just as awesome?

Read on for a sampling of Damien’s expert engagement shoot tips, along with some added advice of my own.

1. Make Plans to do One

Okay, so this part might sound totally obvious, but the first on my list of engagement shoot tips is to get out there and actually do one!

Engagement shoots are a great way to get to know your photographer better while also capturing gorgeous images you can use on everything from save-the-date cards to keepsake canvas prints.

If an engagement shoot isn’t already included in your professional photography package, talk with your photographer about adding one.

The beautiful memories and practice time in front of the camera will definitely make this money well spent!2

2. Choose the Perfect Spot

Choosing a great location is one of Damien’s top tips, and something my fiancé and I certainly took to heart.

Whether you prefer to head back to that special spot where you got engaged, or would rather ask your photographer to snap shots at your favorite local hangout, work with him or her ahead of time to come up with the best game plan.

Don’t have any ideas of your own right off the bat?

Don’t be afraid to ask your photographer for creative suggestions, too.

He is a pro, after all!

3. Time It Right

Always dreamed about doing your shoot in the middle of a winter wonderland or while surrounded by beautiful springtime blooms?

Depending how long your engagement is and when you’ll want to have your photos, your photographer can help determine the best time to schedule your shoot.

Damien also put a lot of thought into which time of day would mean the best lighting for our outdoor photos, making the results even more impressive.

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