Alright, you've picked your photographer, booked your engagement session, and read our super helpful blog on "How to prepare for your engagement session". But are you still wondering if you have forgotten anything? Well, you've come to the right place, today we are going to go over what to bring for your engagement shoot both fun things you could bring and some practical things we consider must-haves.
What to bring for an engagement shoot - Fun Ideas
1. Bringing Pets to Your Engagement Session
I wholeheartedly believe that your pet is a part of the family and they are more than welcome to join your engagement session. We've had a handful of experiences with furry family members joining in on the engagement photo fun! We have photographed dogs, cats, bunnies and horses (just to name a few). Please keep in mind the care needed when you bring a pet and always bring treats or toys if possible. It helps make things easier for both of us.
Props for your engagement session
There are endless ideas of cute props you can bring for your engagement session, one of those could be cute mugs. You can have a mug that says, “Does this ring make me look engaged?”, “I said yes!”, or anything else you’d like. You can also have your wedding date printed on your mugs for this cherished memory or to use as a “save the date”. Don’t forget to bring something warm to drink for your mug such as coffee, tea or hot cocoa.
Save the Date Signs
A lot of couples use their engagement photos to send out as save the dates, another fun idea that you can add is bringing something that has your wedding date on it as well. If having your date (or any writing for that matter) please double-check that all the information is correct before our session together! We don't want to find spelling mistakes on the day of.
Alternatively, if you are bringing a fur baby they could also have a sign of some sort. "My humans are getting married!" "I loved her first" ect. All fun ways to announce your engagement. Here are Fly Free we have a few different fur baby signs that our couples can use if they so choose, but I do always recommend bringing things that are special to the two of you.
Anything that represents the two of you
I always love seeing couple's personalities shine at their sessions. Especially because I help you craft and experience that is unique to you if possible, by adding something you like to do together into your session. Here are a few examples to get your ideas flowing.
Winter Months: Snowshoeing, sledding, ice skating, hot coco and a fire
Summer Months: Any sport you do together, a picnic, board games, SUP
The options are honestly endless.
Alright, so those are some fun ideas for you to consider, now let's talk about the practice must-haves that you don't want to forget for your session.
Our Top Must-Have Items for Your Engagement Shoot
1. Comfortable Shoes
As an avid hiker and someone who is on their feet most of the day capturing couple's love stories, let me tell you that footwear is key! I am all for you bringing cute shoes to your engagement session, don't get me wrong. However, I want to make sure that you can a. get to our location without blisters or sore feet and b. not get your shoes all dirty/muddy. So I would recommend bringing a pair of shoes for you to walk in, then you can change into your fancy shoes for our shoot.
2. Snacks and Water
Let's face it, no one likes to be hangry or dehydrated. So bringing snacks for before will help you stay energized throughout our session and help your mood be less irritable. Please trust me on this one! haha
3. Different Outfits
We always recommend bringing two outfits for your session, one that is a little more fancy and then the other more comfy or casual. This will give you some variety in the overall look and feel of your session. Most couples want a fancier feel to their images, especially if they are doing a hair and makeup trial the day of (highly recommend) however, I also don't want you guys to feel uncomfortable - it shows in the images. So, even if you just want a few fancy ones to start, come in that outfit and then we can change into something more "you".
4. Touchup Kit
Keep some makeup essentials on hand for quick touch-ups, especially if you plan to wear lipstick. Another handy thing in this kit is a small towel or dab cloth for if we are shooting in the summer and it is hot. Hair accessories are another handy one for your outfit change. Keep some clips or a hair tie handy for styling changes.
5. Engagement Ring Box
This isn't a must, but some couples get custom boxes made up, so why not show them off with your stunning new ring.
6. Your Ring
I know, it might sound silly, but don't forget to bring your engagement ring. With all the planning that goes into sessions, it is easy to forget sometimes, especially if you are not used to wearing it all the time or taking it off when you do different tasks. I also highly recommend getting your ring cleaned before your session - check out how to prepare for your session for more info.
7. Most importantly - YOU
Without the two of you, we wouldn't even be here so, bring your love, laughter, and joy to capture the true essence of your relationship throughout our session, I promise it will be fun.
Your job is to make memories that last a lifetime, my job is to capture those!
I will personally be by your side, every step of the way - from planning the nitty-gritty to capturing the final moments as the sun sets on your special day. My soul adores adventure, travel, and capturing treasured moments on film. I’m Krystal - the Boss Lady at Fly Free! If you are still on the hunt for a wedding photographer, I'd love to chat with you more.
My team and I will be your photographer, videographer, day-of coordinator, trusted resource, best friend, planning partner, location scout, and more - we are in this together.
Till next time friend,