Wedding Wednesdays: Our Engagement Photos

A few weeks back, Ted and I had our engagement session with our too awesome for words photographer, Ben Elsass. (Seriously, if you’re in the market for a Cincinnati based wedding photographer, I’d highly recommend him!) And I’m so excited to share some of the photos with you, today! (We ended up with 126 images, and it was hard to narrow them down for this post…I tried haha)

Before I share my favorite shots with you, I wanted to quickly discuss some important things to consider for your engagement shoot:

  • Time of year: This matters for a couple reasons. Perhaps the most obvious variable depending time of year is the weather. Another consideration is the time of the sun set. The time of your shoot will depend on lighting, and there is less light during late fall and winter months.
  • Location: The possibilities are endless when it comes to where you get your pictures taken. It could be a spot that has meaning to you both, maybe where you met, or a part of town you like to hang out, or it can just be a place that offers a desired vibe. Ted and I opted for an urban setting for our location for a couple reasons. Ben reminded us that on our wedding day most of pictures will be at our venue which is a stately mansion, so we thought a more urban backdrop would give us some variety. Also, I liked the idea of our outfits contrasting with an industrial setting. If you have an idea of a certain location you’d like to shoot in (a barn, an alleyway, an open grassy area), but aren’t sure if such a place exists close by, pick your photographer’s brain! They are often aware of cool spots you didn’t even know were there.
  • Wardrobe: This was probably the hardest part for me, because I could have picked 17 different outfits to shoot in! I would suggest discussing with your photographer how many outfits you are thinking of bringing along. Two or three is usually standard, and allows you to do a more casual and a more formal look. The most important advice I can give you is to just be yourself. Wear things that you actually wear, and that you feel confident in! Ted and I wanted to do a casual and a formal outfit, and I chose a dress for both. Personally, dresses are what I feel most beautiful and confident in, so I just did my thang!
  • Hair and Makeup: Your engagement photos are a perfect time to trial your wedding hair and makeup! I’m pretty comfortable doing my own makeup, but I am not, and never have been, very good at hair (add that to my list of things to improve on!) So, while I opted to do my own makeup for the shoot, I decided to get my hair trial that day. It allowed me to get an idea of whether or not I liked a half-up half-down do for my wedding, and it looked photo ready! I’m so, so happy I decided to get my hair done, and even if you don’t get an official trial, you could always make an appointment with your stylist to curl it, pin it, or whatever you’d like! And if makeup isn’t your comfort zone, visit a Sephora, a makeup counter, or ask a beauty obsessed friend if they wouldn’t mind doing your makeup for the occasion!

Okay, okay, I can’t wait any longer…without further rambling, here are our engagement photos! Please let me know what you think in the comments below!


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Thanks so much to Ben Elsass of Ben Elsass Photography for our amazing engagement photos! We can’t wait for you to shoot our wedding!  

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  1. Katie | 26th Oct 16

    Gotta admit, those photos look great!

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