Wear Something You Feel Your Best In

Engagement photos can feel nerve-racking, especially if this is your first professional shoot… You shouldn’t have to stress over an outfit on top of that!

Picking out what to wear is a key part of your engagement photos + the level of comfort you’ll feel during your shoot. Pick something that expresses you + your personality. You know what they always say – if you look good, you feel good!

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The most important tip to take from this – wear something that feels most like you! Read our blog on beautiful summer wedding inspo to get ideas.


Hire A Professional Photographer For Styled Photoshoots

To get the best quality and guidance throughout your styled photoshoot, hire a professional photographer. You should choose someone whose work reflects your style and has a portfolio that you’re drawn to in terms of color, scenery, etc.

It is a massive milestone in your life – the photos should capture that! Choosing a photographer with experience and familiarity in the wedding industry makes it easier for them + yourself to work well together.


Get Your Hair + Makeup Done

Photoshoot day should be smooth sailing! The last thing you want to worry about is what makeup and hair look you’re going for that day. To have less on your plate, you should hire someone to do your hair + makeup for you that morning.

If you’re unsure what to ask for, the safest yet most elegant option would be a soft glam with a simple up-do (slicked back ponytail or bun). You will look chic either way.

Something to note:

  • If you wear anything backless or off the shoulder, be certain your hairstyle doesn’t hide that. It should accentuate the dress/outfit you wear!


Treat Yourself To A Spa Day

If you take away one piece of advice from this blog, let it be this – pamper yourself! Go to your favorite salon + get your nails done, get a facial/massage, and even take advantage of their sauna for a little detox session.

An at-home spa treatment is also a great alternative if you prefer to be in the comfort of your own space. Run a hot Epsom salt/bubble bath, light a candle, and pop on a face mask.

You will feel rejuvenated and ready for your special day!


Pick A Venue You Love

When picking a location for your engagement photos, you could go a couple of routes:

  • Choose a meaningful spot, whether that be a first date, restaurant/theater, or the place you had your first kiss.
  • Let the photographer guide you with their top recommendations – a venue, a park, or a nearby beach/lake.

You can’t go wrong with either option!


Be Prepared For Any Situation

Anything can happen at any point, so be ready for whatever comes your way!

  • Bring an umbrella just in case it rains.
  • Pack some snacks if it takes longer than you expected/get hungry during the styled photoshoot.
  • Have lipgloss handy for a touchup or any other makeup products you might need.
  • Bring some gum, mints, floss, and deodorant.
  • Pack an extra change of clothes/shoes as a backup plan if the weather gets bad.

Being extra prepared for any scenario will keep you relaxed + at ease throughout the day!


Pick A Post-Session Date Night Idea

A date night to end the day on a high note is a must – whether that be a new or existing spot, it should be fun + relaxing for you to wind down from the busy itinerary.

Some cute date night options:

  • Dinner at a yummy restaurant
  • Top golf/bowling
  • Movie night – hot dogs, slushies + popcorn at your fav theater
  • Cocktail hour at a local bar

a loving couple at a date night drinking wine gazing at each other for the bella mansions blog

Every part of this chapter should be exciting! Don’t forget to have fun in the process.

Don’t forget Bella Mansions has an elegant mansion in Sanger, Texas, under construction that will be ready soon. The Sanger Mansion will provide you with the picture-perfect hill country wedding of your dreams! Currently, our work in progress is only open to the public for styled shoots. The mansion is free to use. Sign up to confirm availability!