Picture Perfect

As a graphic designer at Evansville Living, I work with photos daily, so after my longtime boyfriend Josh proposed, photography became a key component for our wedding plans — and that includes engagement pictures. Here are a few steps that we took to announce the first day of the rest of our lives.  

Know the use.

Will you be purchasing prints or creating an album for friends and family? Will you use your engagement photos in print pieces for your wedding such as save the dates, invitations, engagement announcements, and thank-you cards? All are great ideas.

Let your photographer know how you will use these images. It allows the photographer to think about angles, lighting, and size of the shot. You might have props. (Josh and I had a fabric-covered ampersand.) Tell your photographer. He or she will know how to incorporate these items in a picture.

Know thyself.

Find a photographer who has a personal approach, capturing moments between you and your fiancé during your engagement session. Give the photographer examples of images that inspire your wedding theme: playful, romantic, traditional, or offbeat.

Know thy town.

Scout out a location with personal significance. Josh and I headed to the Evansville State Hospital grounds for the perfect natural backdrop and unique settings (check out the covered benches near the lake). We also are proud new homeowners, so we chose to have photos taken in our yard on the East Side.

Know thy closet.

Wherever you go, keep your outfits simple, classic, and true to your style. Limit patterns to one person, and make sure your wardrobe choices are complementary but not matchy-matchy. When it comes to color, avoid black or white (they’re notorious for washing you out on camera), but otherwise, simply wear what makes you shine.

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