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5 Poses to Practice Before Your Engagement Session

5 Poses to Practice Before Your Engagement Session
By Jaylee Branch and Hannah DeVries

1. Serious Face

Although most of your engagement photos will be super cute, happy, and fun...it is nice to throw in a couple serious faces. This can be intimidating on the spot, so make sure to practice in the mirror next to your loved one. If you are a super smiley person, it’s okay! We will capture it in a way where your eyes are still smiling!

2. Long Kiss

There will be a few pictures where the photographer will snap a kiss! Mhmm!! To make sure we can get the perfect shot, practice holding your kiss for 5-10 seconds. Sounds funny, but some people may find it awkward to kiss for a longer period of time in front of someone!

3. Gaze Into Each Other’s Eyes

It’s what we see in the movies…and all over Instagram! We are suckers for these shots! Here’s what you do! Snuggle up and bring your foreheads close together. Look in each other’s eyes as you're about to kiss. Try holding a gaze for about 5-10 seconds! If you catch yourself laughing…that is PERFECTLY FINE! We love these moments too. Get the gaze down and it can lead to some really swoon worthy, romantic photos. 

4. Snuggling Up to Each Other

Some of you love PDA and some of you hate it. Unfortunately the photographer needs you to be prepared to snuggle up! The closer you are physically…the better it comes across in photos! Remember! We are hoping to capture the chemistry between you two! Your engagement photos should express the love you share for one another and what better way to show that than being snuggled up!? Try holding on to each others arm, hugging and swaying or walking while bumping each other.


5. Twirling

This shot might not be for everyone…but it sure is fun! Heck! Go ahead and practice for your first dance. Some of my favorite shots are created from a slow dance.

Mikaela and Colton | Engaged

Mikaela and Colton | Engaged

This couple!!! I love them! I am so excited to photograph Mikaela and Colton's wedding in April! For now, let's just get all googly-eyed over their engagement photos. Enjoy! 

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Amanda and Mitchell | Engagement - Springfield, MO

OHHH MY!!! Amanda and Mitchell are a gorgeous couple! I loved walking around downtown learning about the beginning of their relationship and the things they love about each other. 

Amanda is a natural beauty! She has a huge heart and loves to help others! 

Mitchell is outgoing and charismatic! He is a commercial realtor in Springfield. 

The two were both raised in the Springfield area. Timing was everything for these two! Amanda attended Kickapoo High and Mitchell attended Hillcrest High. After both of them spent a season at MSU, they landed at Evangel University and began dating! 

Mitchell and Amanda were adventurous on this shoot! They climbed out on a small cliff and we got some great shots out if it! :) 

Not only are they a gorgeous couple...but they are a fun couple! The two laughed all throughout the session! I love the photo below. It shows how they really interact together! 

Congratulations Amanda and Mitchell! I cannot wait to photograph your wedding in July!