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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.

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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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Jessica and Jackson | Engagement - Columbia, MO

I met Jessica about nine months ago at a friend's wedding! We recently reconnected in Columbia, MO for her engagement photos with Jackson.

These two are an awesome couple! Both Jessica and Jackson are intelligent and love learning. Jackson is enthused by historical events, and his knowledge of the world's history is astounding! Jessica is an elementary teacher. She has a huge heart for helping children succeed in school. 

Here are a few of my favorite images from their session! Enjoy! 

"I met Jessica during my junior year of college, at a mutual friends place. I was first attracted to Jessica's great smile and honestly mainly her smoking hot body."

- Jackson

"Jackson and I first met during college in 2011. He spent a lot of time at my neighbor’s apartment, which I visited for the occasionally party. After letting my roommate know that I thought he was cute, she told him! He then started talking to me at parties, and on Facebook Messenger. Eventually we went on a date and have been together ever since. Let’s be honest…I was initially attracted to Jackson’s red hair and freckles! I quickly learned that he is loyal and loving to the people that he cares about."

- Jessica

"Some of our interests are similar, but sometimes we compromise when choosing things to do together, which makes me interested in seeing his answer to this question. We enjoy going to the movies, spending time with friends, traveling to visit family, tailgating, going to concerts, eating (probably me more then him), and attending baseball games. Jackson always gives me a kiss after a touch down during a football game and a scored run during a Royals baseball game! Most of all we enjoy going for walks, and snacking while cuddling and watching movies on the weekend."

- Jessica

"The thing I love the most about Jessica is how much she truly cares about other people. Being a elementary school teacher takes more effort and patience than I could ever imagine. Especially when you truly care as much as Jessica does. To see how much it effects Jessica is amazing, if one of her kids is going through some bad stuff at home it really has an impact on her. She deeply cares for all of the students in her class and goes above and beyond the standard call of duty. Not only in her classroom but with her family, friends and myself Jessica puts so much thought into how others are feeling and what she can do to help."

- Jackson

"I love that Jackson has a big heart and that he is genuinely interested in the lives of others. When you talk to Jackson he really listens and he remembers what you’ve said so that he can talk to you more about it later. Jackson keeps me grounded and reminds me to enjoy the here and now. He is and will continue to be my best friend and companion for life."

- Jessica

"If I had to pick one place to visit. I would only be able to narrow down my list to two, Rome and Jerusalem. And the why? These places both have experienced some of the most important historical events that I am greatly interested in. The different spheres of influence that have made their mark on these two great cities would keep me busy for weeks."

- Jackson

"Jackson and I were just talking about potential honeymoon locations. The dilemma is choosing between a place on the beach and a place where we can sight see. I would love to go somewhere tropical to relax with a good book and drink by the water, but I would also like to keep busy at a place with a lot of history like Rome. I’m torn!"

- Jessica

The two will tie the knot next July. We are all so excited to see Jessica and Jackson start a new adventure together! Congrats to the happy and engaged couple!