When a couple about to be married finds what they think is the perfect photographer for their wedding, a good idea is to have that photographer take their engagement photos. It's a good way for the couple to get to know the photographer and how he or she works while offering the photographer time to get to know the couple he or she is shooting film of on their wedding day.
Engagement photography is the art of showing how much one couple, before their wedding day, love and care for one another. The setting of the engagement portfolio should reflect what that couple likes to do together, where they first met, their first date or just where they feel most comfortable together.
Engaged couples are advised to dress comfortably and as suits them. The object of engagement photography is to capture the couple being together and comfortable. Clothing that looks constricting, or a couple whose posture looks forced and uncomfortable will take away from the beauty and sole purpose of the photography.
Photos that are taken in black and white and also in color add to the choices of the couple. Different backgrounds and times of day work well and planning a photo shoot near sunset is good as it gives the opportunity for photos in day time and near night.
Traditionally, manner of dress and jewelry as well as makeup are understated and matched in engagement photography. This allows the object of the shoot to be the couple and their feelings for one another and not what they are wearing in the form of clothing or jewelry. It is advised that makeup be worn to a minimum and that eyeliner color be chosen carefully because darker colors can make the eyes appear small.