So I know the premise of my blog is specifically home and DIY based, but sometimes I can’t help but share some personal posts too. After seeing my engagement photos, I knew this would be one of those times!
I wanted engagement photos, but a part of me worried that they would feel fake, or forced, or were just plain vain. I mean really, you are asking a professional photographer to come and take photos of yourself, and you’re paying good money for it! A tad bit self-involved, I have to say. Regardless, I tried it anyway.
I was nervous going into it. I literally went to two different hairstylists, rushing before our appointment because I wanted my hair to look photograph-worthy! (That’s the thing that makes me vain, isn’t it? Worse than the photos, isn’t it? Oops.) To be fair, I stupidly decided to go to a hair styling school to save money, only to spend an hour and a half on hair I could have styled better myself. Ugh. Live and learn.
As much as I rushed around the day of, it was honestly one of the most fun dates ever.
I remember when taking a beginner psych class in university they told us just how powerful locking eyes with someone else can be. They experimented with total strangers, asking them to do nothing but look at one another for 3 minutes without any interruption or chatter. Every time, they had positive feelings for the other person, regardless of knowing nothing about them.
Now imagine you’re doing that all evening with the love of your life, celebrating your upcoming marriage together. Let me tell you, it is crazy romantic.
And thankfully, despite my apprehensions, on top of how great the day was, I’m thrilled with how they turned out!
We chose spots that were meaningful for us, like the park Shaun proposed in or the walkway close to our house, along the water where we take our puppy for walks. It was special, and helped put us at ease.
I wanted to choose someone with a style I loved, with beautiful brilliant colours, and whom I clicked with. I was so happy to find Brandie! If you’re looking for a photographer in Vancouver BC, I highly recommend her. (No, I she’s not endorsing me. I just like to share great finds when I stumble upon them.)
I especially love the colours. Golden hour is popular for a reason and I plan on stealing away from our wedding for a few too.
(The colours in our second outfit somehow ended up matching the background perfectly. Not planned, at least on our part!)
I was really set on a spring wedding, but school plans got in the way. I settled for a spring engagement shoot, complete with cherry blossom trees in the background.
For fun, we had Bali in a few too.
Had to get a few with the ring…
I tell you, so. much. fun. I felt so in love and smiling like a goof in most of my choices!
I recommend browsing Pinterest before going. I realized I prefer photos that are more candid and in motion than posed options, and those photos are my favourites by far.
I would also say that two outfits are totally worth it. I like the dress, but I’m surprised at home much I might even prefer the more casual regular look. You might feel silly changing, but I’m thankful I had both options.
(I had NO IDEA these were going to turn out so cool! Sunsets I tell you. And photographers who are clearly much more knowledgeable than my amateur experience.)
Every time I see them, they make me happy. Now I don’t look at it as vain, but that we were lucky to be able to capture such a happy time on camera.