Similar to wedding planning, when it comes time to prepare for engagement pictures, there are several aspects that go into it. Where will the two of you take the pictures? Will you get your hair and makeup done? When is the best time of day for lighting? What outfits will you wear? Besides those basic things to consider, another important aspect to think about is how will you get the most out of your engagement session? Photographs of you and your loved one are not only an investment, but an opportunity to capture this blissful chapter in your love story.
Unique elements and thought out props will elevate your photographs to the next level, so don’t underestimate the power of them! When it comes to choosing props, there are a few things to take into consideration to ensure the items work well with the style of the images. Since John and I knew one of our photoshoot locations would take place at the beach, we wanted to choose an element that would be found in that location naturally. For this project, we headed down to Baker Beach a few weeks prior to our shoot to find a few pieces of driftwood to blend well into our coastal images. So, if you’re looking to get your hands a little dirty, follow this quick and easy 15 minute tutorial to make your engagement photos that much more special!
Step 1: Gather Materials
Now this is the fun part! Think about the locations you will be photographed in and go to a similar spot to find an object in nature. Look for something that is somewhat flat on the face that will allow you to paint smoothly on such as a piece of wood, a small rock, a seashell, driftwood, ect. The possibilities are endless if you embrace your creative side!
Step 2: Prepare To Paint
For this project, acrylic paint works well, so no need to purchase any special formula. Get some paint brushes, some kraft paper, sandpaper (optional) and a sharpie ready. Because I chose to use the wood pieces we collected, sanding down the face of it prior created a smooth surface and ensured we wouldn’t get any splinters holding the sign during out shoot!
Step 3: Time To Paint
To ensure the spacing is properly aligned on your object, write the date above it on a piece of paper or paper bag to help arrange the number/letters to the item. Once you’re all set up, it’s time to paint! Be sure to go over the letters multiple times to guarantee that the letters/numbers will be visible in your photographs.
Step 4: Let Dry
After you’ve finished painting, let your sign dry and celebrate your hard work! You’ve completed your very own DIY project that will be much more special than an item you could have purchased online, especially since the two of you picked out the piece together!
While you can purchase signs with your date printed on them from artists on Etsy or banners from Amazon, it was important to me to create this sign on my own. After all, how hard could it be?! By creating two versions, we had the option to choose which one would inevitably look the best. If you’re inspired by the tutorial and would like to stay up to date on my future projects, be sure to connect with Modern Daydream Living on Facebook and Instagram.
Once you take engagement pictures, you’ll need to print save the dates! John and I will be using Minted for our wedding suite stationary because of the contemporary designs, free calligraphy inspired addressing and ease of use. If you’re in the market for invitations for other events, be sure to shop the designs here.
Until Next Wedding Wednesday….
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