Hey there happy couples! I love that so many of you are moving forward with your wedding plans for later this year and in 2021, even if it means zoom meetings and virtual venue tours. What is also happening right now is that many couples are trying to get their save the dates out the door, even if it means that they have to take a few photos themselves. So, for those of you attempting to do this on your own, here are a few DIY engagement photo tips. But here is a little disclaimer – I 100% believe that working with a professional is the way to go. In different circumstances I would not be offering these tips because having your engagement photos done professionally provides a world of difference in your photos. However, since we’re all distancing ourselves from each other, here a few tips to help you get some of the best results for your DIY engagement photos.
- It’s likely that you do not have a tripod or something tall enough to get the perfect angle, so cut yourself some slack here. Try to prop your phone or camera on something so that you aren’t photographing up your nose if you can, but otherwise, just change up your posing.
2. Keep your poses simple. You only have a few seconds to get in the frame before the self timer goes off so don’t try anything complicated.
3. Use the easiest light possible. Don’t go out in harsh sunlight – instead, time your DIY engagement photo session for closer to sunset, about an hour before. And don’t bother trying to capture a beautiful sunset behind you. Just find some good, even, soft light to work with.
4. When posing, make sure you’re doing something with your hands. Grooms can keep their hands in their pockets and brides you can show some leg, hook an arm, etc. These are all very easy things to do. Also, look at each other Crack some jokes about the situation and get each other laughing!
5. Do your research about locations first! Photographing certain locations is off limits already but now even more might be closed down. Be respectful and make sure you’re following all of the rules!
6. Have fun!! Do some dancing and twirls and see what you can capture! Just because someone isn’t directing you doesn’t mean you can’t play a little.
Now go out and fill those cell phones with some hilarious outtakes and a few gems! And don’t be afraid to choose an outtake for your save the dates! Sometimes those end up being the best photos.
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