Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Local Vendor: Grise Photography on Engagement Photos

Today I'm excited to be debuting local vendors in the Bloomington area as guest bloggers. I'm starting with a great photographer who I've been fortunate to work with on fun weddings in the past and am looking forward to working with her again this summer, Jenny Grise of Grise Photography. She's very talented and provides tips on Engagment Photos here today...thanks Jenny!

I recommend choosing solid colors that work with your skin tone/eye color. Black is always good, as is chocolate brown and other dark colors. Jeans look great in pictures, especially darker washes, and be sure to compliment one another! As Stacy & Clinton say on one of my favorite TV shows "What Not to Wear", "You don't have to match, you just have to 'go'". :-)

There are many amazing spots in Bloomington for engagement photos! There's the campus, of course (one of the Top 5 most beautiful in the country for a reason!), but don't forget to look beyond this to places like Oliver Winery (gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!) and downtown Kirkwood. I love the contrast of beautiful couples and industrial locations, so even graffiti-filled alleys can look totally great in pictures.

1) Just be yourself! It's up to your photographer to help you feel comfortable in front of the camera, but it's up to YOU to truly be yourselves. You know who you are and how you are together. Natural smiles & laughter look best! No fakes!
2) Think of it, not as a portrait session, but as a casual date with your fiance(e) (and oh, there happens to be someone following you around with the camera). Take a walk together like you normally would. Bring your pets if you've got them.
3) Be up front with your photographer before your session about the kind of photos you'd like. Be sure your photographer matches the style you're into. Artsy & creative or more traditional. Send along some photos before your session of other engagement sessions you liked. This is not insulting to your photographer, but actually quite helpful in determining what you like! Maybe even send along a short bio of the two of you or meet in person so your photographer can really get to know you before your session. This aids in getting the best, most personal shots.

Jenny Grise
Wedding Photojournalist
Grise Photography

PS: Jenny was featured on one of my favorite blogs-Elizabeth Anne Designs in March, check out her beautiful photography here: http://www.elizabethannedesigns.com/blog/2009/03/16/real-weddings-clay-tiffany/

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