Over the years we’ve developed a fun and relaxing way to shoot engagement sessions. We try our best to keep it simple and easy for our couples, while still grabbing some awesome shots. Here are the answers to the most common questions we receive, as well as some tips to help you prep for the day.
1. The First 30 Minutes are a Write Off!
Most likely, this is the first time you’ve been part of an engagement shoot and It’s natural to feel a little uncomfortable. The first 30 minutes or so are really just a warm up for myself and the two of you. Before you know it, we’ll be in the grove and grabbing some awesome shots..
2. Just Hang Out…
Don’t worry too much about how you look during the shoot, that’s my job. If I notice anything I’ll be sure to mention it. My goal is to grab as many natural candid shots of you guys as possible during the session, so ignore me as much as you can! I’ll make sure to give you ideas of things to try out, but don’t worry this won’t be a full session of posing for the camera.
Make sure when you’re picking out your clothing, that you pick items that are comfortable and flattering. It’s always a good idea to bring a few changes of clothes with you so we can try out a few different looks. We can always leave the extras in the car, or lug them around with the camera gear..
Your clothes don’t need to necessarily match, but just make sure that they generally compliment each other in style and colour. Usually women will experiment with more colourful dresses/shirts/jackets, while the guy usually wear a little more toned down shirt/jacket, but this doesn’t always have to be the case.
Another thing to consider is how the clothes will look based on the locations and time of year. It’s nice to have an outfit that will pop right out of the photo. If it’s the middle of the winter, having a colourful stylish jacket will really help bring some life to the photos. In the fall, since the locations are so colourful already it’s usually recommended that the clothing colours be toned down a bit. We can discuss this in more detail together on the days leading up to the shoot.
Let me know if there are any specific spots that you love and want to incorporate into the shoot. It could be the location of your first date, the spot you got engaged or just an area you really enjoy. I have a huge list of my favourite spots as well. You can leave the locations up to me or we can try out a combination of both. Having a few different locations along with different times of the day will result in a really nice variation of images in the final gallery.
5. We Won’t Go Hungry
Usually we plan our sessions to include, afternoon, evening and night shots. We almost always stop halfway through and grab some food/drinks right after sunset.
Unless it’s absolutely freezing out, don’t worry too much about the weather. Some of the best shots we’ve ever taken happened during or just after the rain. If we have to wait out a small downpour then we will! Worst case scenario, we’ll just re-book a new day at no extra charge.
7. What to Bring
I’m assuming you’re already wearing it, but make sure you have your ring with you so we can get a few shots of it. It’s also nice to bring a few snacks and some water as well. If we go off on a little adventure you’ll most likely get a little hungry and thirsty. As mentioned earlier, make sure to bring a few changes of clothes, shoes, hats etc so we have a few options.
8. How Long Does the Sessions Last?
Our sessions usually last 4-5 hours. This may seem like a long time to shoot, but this includes travel, multiple locations and usually a 45 minute break to grab some food/drinks before we finish off with the night session.
If you’re interested in booking an engagement session or have more questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch HERE.
Nick Ghattas Photography is an Ottawa based photography team consisting of Nick Ghattas & Jen Bernard. If you have an extra minute, please check out some of our galleries…Thanks!