As you may have seen on Instagram, Mike and I have now done TWO engagement shoots. While I think I would love to do 50 more with him, the reason we shot twice was because we wanted photos in both our current home of Colorado and the place we first met, Arizona. We were so blessed to be able to work with two amazing photographers, Kristina Svenzintsev @decorusfineart in Boulder and Trisha Shelly who will be photographing our wedding in May. Now, after having done this twice and stressing about the details I thought I would share some of my tips for styling and embracing the moment.

First, take time to think about your location. I knew I wanted a mountain backdrop for some and a desert for others to represent where we both come from and have lived. I love bright photos in open nature and being able to play with lighting from the sun so just before sunset was the perfect time for us to cuddle in the middle of nowhere. Overall, pick a place that either means something special to you or simply a place you find beautiful.

Now, putting together the outfits can be quite the task. Typically photographers allow you to do two separate outfits in different locations. I think its best to first wear something more casual that you two would wear on a day date and for the second look, pull together something more dressy and fun. It’s a good idea to consider your colors and patterns as well. Think about what those colors will look like against your backdrop, coordinate them with each other, and what the photos would look like next to each other on a save the date or hanging on the wall. I tried to keep our colors a bit neutral and match them to some of the colors I’d like to incorporate into our wedding so that everything is cohesive. Additionally, I really liked the idea of adding props and accessories you can take on and off to mix up your looks a bit. Bring a hat, jacket, blanket, bottle of champagne, or anything like that to get as many different photos possible.

Lastly, one of the most important things to remember when it comes to taking the photos is to RELAX. I think it’s probably a bit natural to be tense at first but you should loose up after the first couple shots. Talk and play with each other how you would if it were just the two of you. And of course, don’t forget to laugh and be silly! Some of my favorite shots were the more candid ones of us laughing at ourselves and how ridiculous we felt.

Hope these small tips can offer help to anyone in need. As always, don’t hesitate to reach out with questions and help for styling your upcoming shoot!