Engaging in engagements?

I'm not even sure where this week has gone, but nevertheless, it's Thursday!! Which roughly translates to "Write your weekly blog post, Lisa!"

Some of you reading this might have seen my Instagram story from a few days ago. In a poll, I gave you a couple of topics you might be interested it. Aaaaand (cue drum roll please) ‘Poses, outfits and all things engagement shoot related’ won the vote of the day! So, as promised, here we go.

Now, I know a lot of people aren’t too fond of PDA. Being romantic and kissing in front of a person you’ve just met a few minutes ago is no easy task. This is the exact reason why an engagement shoot is so important. It gives you the opportunity to get to know your photographer and get all the awkwardness out of the way so that when your big day arrives, you won’t hold back. Yes, we’re capturing and celebrating your engagement, but it also gives you the opportunity to get comfortable in front of the lens, without the added stress that normally goes hand-in-hand with your wedding day. No being late to church or spilling something on your white dress or getting into your wedding car only to have it breakdown halfway to church. (Yes, that has happened.)

Here are a few helpful tips and topics I've learned these last few years.

1. Time of Day

I know, I know. You've all heard about the magical "golden hour". And as clichè as it may seem, having a little bit of sun flare in your photos or a touch of gold just adds warmth and romance. Be it sunrise or sunset, I absolutely adore the light!

2. Clothing

Don't . Go . Matchy . Matchy . Matching your partner's outfit is a big no-no. You want to stand out, feel comfortable and beautiful. I normally advise my couples to wear different textures. I am a lover of colder weather, so I absolutely cannot wait for our first winter engagement shoot. Imagine woven jerseys, leather boots, suede hats, scarves and long sleeved dresses in various shades of olive green, burgundy red and deep mustard yellow.

3. Make-up and Hair

This might not be such an important topic for the guys, but it might explain why your fiancé is suddenly expanding the monthly budget. It truly does make a massive difference when your make-up has been done professionally. Remember, these artists know exactly how much contouring, blusher, bronzer and all those other fancy things to apply, to emphasise your features. Just look at these amazing looks by Cecilia Fourie , Trademark Make-Up and Sunet Basson.

4. Poses

This is usually the awkward part. I always tell my clients to keep chatting, kissing, hugging, tickling and whispering things to each other. A constant flow of movement is key to natural looking photos. Trust your photographer to guide you into the best poses when things get a little too stressful and I promise you this won't happen!

5. Location, location, location

In my personal opinion, this might just be the most important tip. Don't choose a location that doesn't resonate with who the two of you are as a couple. Tell us what your ‘vibe’ is and let us help and guide you to the right location.

I hope that you've found some insight as to what to do and what to expect from your engagement shoot with us at Until Dust.

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