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Getting ready for the engagement session:

Engagement pictures are used to announce a couple's intentions to wed. They may be used for "save the date" cards for friends and family members or to announce your engagement in the newspaper and/or on Facebook. If you are planning on doing a professional engagement photo shoot, you will want to make sure that you look your best. Here are some tips on how to prepare for your pictures as a couple.

1. Get your hair done on the day of the photography shoot.

Women may want to consider getting their hair colored and styled for their engagement photos. They may also want to consider getting their makeup done by a cosmetologist. Since you're spending money on the photo shoot, it is worth spending money for your hair and makeup to look excellent in the pictures. Men will want to make sure that their hair is at an appropriate length, and may want to consider using styling gel on the day of the engagement pictures photo shoot.

2. Choose the right clothing colors.

Ultimately, you will want to coordinate your clothing colors with the location of your engagement photo shoot. For example, you may choose to wear a blue shirt if you are planning to take photos in a field with blue flowers. If you are planning to use multiple locations, it is ideal to consider choosing neutral colors - such as black, white, gray, and beige. Women should generally consider opting for a sundress and men should opt for dress pants and a polo or button down shirt.

3. Have one or more locations picked out for your engagement pictures.

Gardens, parks, forests, waterfalls, lakes and oceans can all make for beautiful backdrops. It is ideal to discuss whether or not your photographer is okay with shooting engagement photos in two or more locations. Multiple locations ensure that you have a wider range of photographs to select from.

4. Come up with a few of your own engagement photo ideas.

You might do this by looking at your photographer's portfolio for inspiration or may want to consider looking at engagement pictures done by other photographers online. Having an idea of what you want is ideal. For example, you may know that you want pictures in front of a lighthouse or on a children's swing set.

These are just a few of the things that you can do to help ensure that your engagement pictures turn out right. By getting your hair done, choosing the right outfit, and having an idea for locations and photographs, you can help ensure that the photo shoot goes exactly the way you are hoping!