1. BE YOURSELF-> Let's face it, it's a little uncomfortable to take 'lovey dovey' photos in front of complete strangers. The most important thing to remember is to be yourself. Nothing stinks more than stiff looking "get me out of here" type of photos. Before my fiancé and I had our shoot, I did a ton of research and felt this tip was key to creating the vision I wanted for our pictures. We needed to be comfortable and pretend as if no one is around us. Let me tell you, it worked. After the first couple of shots, I felt both of us totally being ourselves without trying too hard. The pictures showcased our personalities and us as a couple.
2. PLAN OUT YOUR OUTFIT-> This tip was fun for me as I love putting outfits together. I didn't want our photos to look 'too matchy' but I did want us to compliment each other staying true to our style. I have seen many couples plan 2-3 outfits for their engagement shoot, but because we only had a short amount of time, 1 outfit was plenty. I wore a simple summer dress and my fiancé wore a nice pair of light weight pants with a button down. The weather was brutally hot and I'm not going to lie I couldn't wait to jump into the ocean moments after we were finished. I was so happy we stuck with a solid color palette, my dress, from Lulus, was mustard yellow, and his shirt a dark hunter green. It really complimented the old streets of Capri and the romantic atmosphere Italy has to offer.
3. RESEARCH YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER-> In my case, my engagement shoot was unique, as my fiancé and I were abroad not knowing many people, especially in the wedding industry. We didn't book our photographer yet, therefore we didn't have the option to "practice" with an engagement shoot. I knew it was important to nail a photographer who captured the exact style we wanted; candid, not posed and rustic. After many google searches, I found a company named Flytographer. Flytographer is great in the sense that they have photographers in over 200 destinations capturing vacations, honeymoons, couple shoots, etc. There are a few options to choose from that present quality photos within a reasonable price. The best part of Flytographer is that they list multiple photographers in the area where you are vacationing. This was extremely important as I was able to explore example shoots and truly see if the style matched my idea. I won't get into much detail as I can write an entire post about our experience with the company! (if you want me to spill more... I'd be happy to get into that in another post)
4. LOCATION-> Originally my fiancé and I thought we wanted to host our wedding destination on the island of Capri. Although, our plans changed, we still loved Capri and felt it was the perfect place to vacation. However, I was in panic mode thinking our engagement shoot wouldn't match the concept of our wedding...given we are now getting married in Toscana. I didn't know if capturing pictures by the sea would truly embrace our vision. Instead of turning into a complete bridezilla, I decided to take matters into my own hands and reach out to our photographers, Mary & Maurizio. They were so understanding and open to all the ideas I had. I wanted to limit our pictures by the sea and instead capture us walking through the rustic corners of Capri... in front of old Italian cottage doors and greenery.
5. SPEAK UP-> If none of my tips were helpful, I feel this one is the one you MUST take home with you. It is okay to speak up for what you want and what vision you have. As we know, photos last a lifetime and since you're paying a professional to capture these moments it is so important they turn out the way you envision. If I didn't speak up about the location of our photos, I wouldn't of been happy which would have truly reflected in the pictures. In the end, my photographers appreciated my advice. I was able to create a relationship with them prior to our shoot. In the end, this made everyone feel comfortable.
Photos by Mary & Maurizio of Flytographer