Tips for making the most of your engagement photos

It’s the most wonderful time of the year … to get engaged.

I read the other day that December is the most popular month to get engaged, and it’s no wonder. The holidays can be romantic, and an engagement ring is pretty darn nice Christmas gift! Plus, it’s fun to show off the ring at all those family gatherings, especially the ones with the relatives who’ve been asking if you’re married yet.

Besides showing off the ring, one of the first tasks at hand is getting engagement photos. If not immediately, it’s a good idea to get engagement photos taken as soon as you book a wedding location. Those images are lovely accompaniments to announcements and “save the date” cards.

Despite the leafless trees and potentially white landscape in Northern Illinois, winter can be a beautiful backdrop for images of your official coupledom.

“Don’t be afraid of taking engagement pictures in wintertime,” says Cheslea Jaynes of Chelsea Corinne Photography. “The winter season is just as pretty as any other time of the year.”

Photographer Jane F. Smith favors Geneva’s Fabyan Forest Preserve in the southeast corner of Kane County. “It’s a good spot with various places for backgrounds — it’s good year-round,” she says.

Snow lends its own romance, says Jaynes, who once captured romantic images amid falling snow. “You can still have fun in the snow throwing snow balls.”

Here are some other tips from Jaynes and Smith for making the most of your engagement photos:

Choose a location that reflects your interests. Consider yourselves country folk? Go out in the country. Cosmopolitan couple? Interesting buildings in an urban setting might make a good backdrop. If one member of the couple plays guitar, use that prop in a setting where you sing to your mate. “Make it about you,” Jaynes says. “If you sit and read books together on the weekends, then let’s put you together in the grass reading a book.”

Does a particular location or building play a role in your relationship? A building that’s special can represent you, Smith says.

Dress smart. Look for coordinating solid colors like whites or dark colors, Smith suggests. “Not anything too bright or patterned.”

An outdoor setting in mid-winter may require a certain wardrobe — like winter coats. “Add little accents like cute scarves and mittens,” Jaynes says. “Not matching — more coordinating.”

Relax. Think about each other, not the camera, says Smith, who suggests looking at each other and staying relaxed.

“Be creative and have fun,” Jaynes says.

Click here for a link to Chelsea Corinne Photography.

Click here for a link to Jane F. Smith’s photography blog.

 

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