non-traditional engagement photos
The more I photograph couples, the more I realize that engagement photos can be so much more than simply engagement photos. I’ve been asked quite a bit recently about engagement pictures trending and them being something that’s not as popular anymore. I haven’t noticed this with my clients but I can see why. If the purpose of the pictures don’t go far beyond Facebook and maybe your save-the-date, what’s the point? I encourage my couples to approach their engagement photos with a similar mindset as their wedding photos. I’m a sentimental heirloom lover and I want wedding and engagement photos to be nothing short of that. It’s common to see black and white pictures of people’s grandparents or great-grandparents framed on their mantle. I don’t have any of mine, but wish I did. It’s usually this beautiful, historic portrait that shows the era and highlights the physical beauty of the person. However, the image doesn’t show much if anything about their personality. It doesn’t share their story, what they cared about or how they felt. We’ve come up with a solution.
Our modern, personality-filled, non-traditional engagement photography offers a new light to traditional photography. It’s more than a capture of what you look like; it’s an image that vulnerably remembers what life is like. When my bride and grooms meet with me, they get my approach and see the images that tell a story. However, many have great questions, the main one being, how do you get to know us? The process is so much a part of me it’s hard to explain logically. One specific way is a set of pointed questions. I was so excited about the way Liz answered hers below I thought I should put a few of hers on display for everyone to see how cool these two are and learn a little more about how to brainstorm through your story-telling, non-traditional engagement photos .
Liz's planning 1) City vs. Rural: Urban City. Since our wedding is going to be in the mountains, we decided that we want to have our photos taken in the city. 2) Modern/Artistic: Since all of our wedding photos will be more earthy, we want to take modern/artistic engagement photos. 3) Describing us: We used to live on 15th & Champa and we think it would be fun to take some of our photos downtown. We used to walk our dog along the cherry creek trail, so maybe we could take a few photos there. Our first date was at a pub on 15th & Wazee, called the Wazee supper club. Maybe it would be fun to take some photos outside/inside that area.