As some of you already know, Jeremiah and I had our engagement portraits taken on Sunday, January 26, 2020.
Normally before I go take photographs I get what I can only compare to "pre-show jitters". I tend to be a little anxious, and the only thing that makes me feel better is checking and re-checking my camera bag, SD cards, and batteries to ensure I am prepared. Oh, and re-checking again. And then again when I get to the car just to make sure some pixie didn't steal anything out of my backpack between the time I walked out of my condo and climbed into Storm Trooper (my white Rav4).
Mentally preparing to get my own pictures was, of course, a completely different experience, and just like with the photo shoots where I am the photographer, my preparations started well ahead of time.
Athletes are often told to visualize their success and it will help that success come true. For example, if a basketball player visualizes themselves making a free-throw basket, they are more likely to successfully shoot the ball.
The same thing can apply in photography! I LOVE it when my clients share their Pinterest boards with me! While photography is more unpredictable because you can't necessarily prepare for something you don't know is going to happen, there are certain things you can prepare for. For example, you can pin portrait pose and prop ideas. This can help a photographer get a visualization of what they want to accomplish with their client's photo shoot.
So how did this apply to me preparing to have my pictures taken? I started a Pinterest board to get ideas for what I wanted my pictures to look like! I knew I wanted to include our two doggos, and went to Pinterest and found a few portraits that included dogs for inspiration. I found portraits at different angles I appreciated, and different focal points. I, of course, shared this with my photographer!
PS - want to connect on Pinterest? I would love to collaborate on photo shoot ideas, or just enjoy each other's board!
There are several things one can do before the day of their photo shoot to prepare, beyond the Pinterest board.
1. Pick your outfit
For Jeremiah and I, we decided to wear our wedding colors in our engagement portraits. I wore dark green, and he wore dark purple. I had found a sweater dress online that I ordered ahead of time, and planned that I would wear that with black leggings and black boots. Jeremiah wore his purple button up shirt with blue jeans and black dress shoes.
With these clothes, we knew that even if it ended up being a chilly day, we would be able to tough it out with the long sleeves and pants.
2. Pick your beauty options (hair, make up, nails)
Jeremiah's hair had gotten a bit long, head and beard. He decided he was going to get a trim before portraits.
I knew I'd want to wear my hair down, or mostly down, and minimal make up. I rarely wear make up as it is, and I didn't want to have a heavy layer of make up on in my portraits and have it look like someone else.
3. Make appointments as necessary (hair, make up, nails)
Jeremiah made an appointment with his hair stylist, Kendall, of Salon Bouvier in Aurora, CO on Friday. He decided to trim his own beard, however, and did that Sunday morning.
I originally had a hair appointment set for Sunday morning with a stylist I had never worked with before (all the stylists I know either don't work Sundays or were off that day). I chickened out though, afraid that this person who has never touched my hair before would mess it up, or have my hair straightened for pictures. I ended up doing my own hair and make up at home. I did make sure to paint my nails the night before and applied a fresh coat of paint on Sunday morning.
Day of Preparations
The day of our photo shoot, Jeremiah probably had to tell me to sit down and relax three or four times (maybe more). The photo shoot wasn't until 4:00pm, and of course I woke up at 7:00am just anxious to get ready and get 'er done!
I made sure to shower early as my hair takes forever to try (and I hate using hair dryers). Believe it or not, I showered around 10:00am and my hair was still damp for our photo shoot six hours later, even though I had my hair down all day.
After throwing some styling products into my hair after the shower, Jeremiah and I sat down on the couch and watched TV, played a few games, and "bummed" until 1:30pm when I told him I needed to start getting ready. Per usual, I started getting ready too early. I had my hair half-up in a clip and my make up done by 1:50pm and was dressed and ready to go by 2:15pm. It was still too early to leave, so Jeremiah (who was ready before me) and I sat and relaxed for another half hour before leaving an hour and fifteen minutes early to go to Golden. PS, the drive is only about a half hour.
We figured if we left early we could walk the dogs a bit and tire out the puppy. That didn't work out too well, as she just got excited again once Courtney (photographer) showed up.
As per usual, as soon as the pictures started, I calmed right down.
Now I'm just anxious to see my portraits!
Photographer, visual artist, mother to four fur-babies, and travel enthusiast.