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Engagement Sessions

Engagement Session Prep


You don’t want to head into the week of your engagement photo session with no plans. Maybe you don’t care too much about locations or poses, however, when it’s the morning of and you’re trying on what you thought you wanted to wear and it’s NOT working, you’ll be wishing you took a few engagement session prep steps. Here’s our advice on what to do before your engagement session! Engagement sessions should be a fun and extremely exciting day and we have the tips below!

Pinterest Board

The first thing is first –  get some inspiration by creating a Pinterest board! If you’re like any other person out there, you probably already have one for your wedding but, take it up a notch and find some inspiration for your engagement photoshoot session.

Are you looking for more outdoor shots that highlight a waterfront, sunset, or open field? Or another option is to make it modern by making a night on the town out of it! Narrow down your vision by researching a few of your favorites on Pinterest!

Scout locations nearby and narrow down

Once you have a better idea of what you want your pictures to look like for your engagement sessions, it can give you a starting point of what to look for in your engagement photoshoot locations. A park, a lake, or rooftop locations to get your city’s skyline.

The options are limitless, but unfortunately, the time with your engagement photographer is not. Prioritize your favorite stops to visit during your shoot.

Check with locations if they have a fee, rules, etc.

If you end up choosing a location like a bar, hotel, or any indoor place where things are sold, make sure to check with the owner if there are any rules on having photoshoots. Some major hotels or businesses require a waiver to have photos taken there. The last thing you’d want is to show up with your photographer all dressed up, only to find out you can’t have your photoshoot there!

Pick out your outfit at least a week ahead

Pick out your outfit! You want to do this at least a week ahead. Try the full outfit, accessories, and all on before photoshoot day. This makes sure the outfits you have in mind fit right and look good together. (Maybe have your friend or fiance snap a pic of you in it!) This also avoids realizing the day of your photoshoot that you actually have no idea where that special dress is.


Unless you are a professional model candid shots will feel uncomfortable and awkward. But here are a few simple tricks to help ease any anxiety you may have about this. Use some PDA, and no we’re not talking about making out hot and heavy like in the movies( LOL). Simple hand holding, light kisses on the cheek, and showing off some public displays of affection always make for a sweet photo.

It is best if you pretend like it’s just you and your partner and the photographer isn’t watching. Another pose that makes for fantastic photos is utilizing smoke bombs for a pretty and playful pop of color.

Complete Weddings + Events Fargo, North Dakota

If you’re looking for more creative ways to personalize your big day or want it all captured, contact Complete Weddings + Events. We offer multiple services you can mix and match to build a wedding package filled with all your needs to make your day a success!

Complete Weddings + Events, Fargo’s leading provider of event and wedding photography, videography, lighting, DJ services, coordination, & photo booth rental.

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