Back when my husband and I were engaged, we did what most couples do and decided to have engagement photos taken. We brainstormed for weeks and couldn't decide where we wanted to have our photos done. Then, suddenly it clicked! My husband, Kyle, suggested we go to an apple orchard near our hometown and have our photos taken there. On our third anniversary of dating, we spent the day at this particular orchard drinking cider and eating doughnuts (seriously the best part of visiting an apple orchard, amirite?!) so it was a special place for us.
In this post, I'll be sharing some of my favorite photos from our engagement photo session. I know it's kind of strange to share photos of a fall engagement session in February, but whatever! It's so fun to look back and see how many things have changed since we first got engaged.
In preparation for our engagement shoot, I knew that I wanted Kyle and I to color coordinate our outfits and wear colors that were fall-like. While we were at the orchard, I opted for a layered look with a chambray button up shirt under a burgundy cable knit sweater. On the bottom, I wore khaki jeggings with brown leather riding boots. To round out my look, I accessorized with a faux pearl statement necklace and my engagement ring. Kyle had a more casual look with a navy button neck sweater with jeans.
After the orchard, we took more photos at a local park. Here I wore a white long sleeve shirt with a navy vest and a multi-color plaid scarf. I changed out of my khaki jeggings and exchanged them for a pair of denim jeggings. To match my look, Kyle changed into a red sweater and khaki pants.
Shop my looks:
Deep Ruby Cable Knit Sweater | JCPenney
Chambray Button Up Shirt | Old Navy
Khaki Jeggings | American Eagle
Brown Leather Riding Boots | DSW
Faux Pearl Statement Necklace | Target
White Long Sleeve Shirt | Kohl's
Navy Vest | J. Crew
Plaid Scarf | Gap Factory
Denim Jeggings | American Eagle
Since we had never gotten professional photos taken of us before this, I have to admit that we both felt extremely awkward in front of the camera. We didn't know what to do or how to pose. Luckily, our photographer is a friend of Kyle's, so he was able to guide us and tell us to just relax and have fun. As time went on during our shoot, we became more comfortable and just acted like we were on a regular date.
Here are some tips to help you prepare for an engagement shoot:
- Pick out a few different outfits in case you need to make changes due to the weather.
- Try to color coordinate your outfit with your significant other.
- Create a Pinterest board filled with engagement photo inspiration. Try to get an idea of the types of poses you like so you can help your photographer get an idea of your style.
- Try your best to not focus on the camera. It will feel awkward at first, but if you just go along and have fun with it, your photos will come out with more candid shots.
- Make sure you write down a checklist of "must have" shots. Want a close up of your ring? Write it on your list. Want a lot of photos of you and your future spouse smiling? Write it on your list. Communicating with your photographer is key. They won't know what your preferences are unless you communicate them!
If you're engaged, where is your dream engagement shoot location? If you're married, where did you have your engagement photos taken? I'd love to know, so leave me a comment below!