"I Do" like a great engagement session!

Do you have your wedding engagement session coming up? Don't go into it blindly, read below for some tips and some insight from Wedding Photographer, Lavar Elliott to consider when planning for your upcoming engagement shoot!

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1. Pick the perfect fit! Will your photographer allow time for a change of clothes? Mix it up - one dressy and one casual. Do you and your fiance have a favorite sports team? Wear the apparel! Make sure that whatever you wear are clean, pressed and that they fit! Tight clothing does not translate well on camera. Don't forget to clean the ring!

2. Get Dolled Up! This is a great opportunity to trial run a potential wedding makeup artists.

3. Know what to expect! Make sure that you touch base with your photographer a few days before the shoot and the morning of the shoot to confirm your time and location(s). Ask your photographer for suggestions and tips.

4. Do you have animals or props that help to tell your love story? Include those too, just make sure to let your photographer know!

5. Prepare your Fiance! Just run through the details with them a day or so before and then again the night before so no one is receiving a crash course on site!

I reached out to Photographer, Lavar Elliott and asked him questions about how couples should approach their wedding engagement shoot.

CK: What do you do to prepare for a couple's engagement session?

LE: Preparation is always important to me. While I must admit, the challenge of showing up at a new location and dashing around to create beautiful images on the fly is exciting… I prefer not to show up and see what we get. Lol. So once my clients decide on a location, I try to visit a few days before the session is scheduled to scout the location. I walk the area to see the lighting, take a few test shots for composition and visualize how the flow of our session with go. Ultimately that means we can spend more time shooting than trying to figure out what's next.

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CK: Do you have a preference for indoors or outdoors?

LE: While there are a lot of visually stunning indoor locations in the greater Cleveland area, I still prefer to shoot outdoors. I love the open space and utilizing as much of it as possible. The change in the light from one hour to the next can create a completely different mood, especially around golden hour.