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Capturing the moment when getting engaged during the holidays

Why do people get engaged during the holidays?

The holiday season is a wonderful time to get engaged! This time of year is bustling with festive decorations and we see romantic backdrops around every corner. It is also the time of year when loved ones come together to celebrate and family makes it clear who you want to spend the rest of your holidays with. The merry atmosphere and cozy nights wrapped in each other’s arms in front of a warm fire creates the perfect time of year to pop that big question.

Since this special moment will be overflowing with emotions from being nervous that everything will go perfectly, to happiness and excitement when she says “yes,” don’t forget a plan to capture this priceless moment. With a little planning ahead, engagement photography will capture the magic of this moment to preserve forever.

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How to plan for engagement photography?

Planning your engagement photography during the holiday season can be stressful, but the team at Natalie Roberson Photography is here with years of experience and tips to help! You should plan your engagement photography session 2-3 months ahead of time and about a month before you need any prints, like engagement announcement cards or save the date cards.

First and foremost, your engagement photography session should be a fun experience for both of you. If you tend to get nervous being the center of attention, set some time aside for you and your partner to have some one on one time together. Bring one casual and one fancy outfit to wear. These outfits should be comfortable to wear and move around in, but clean and ironed to look your best in front of the camera. Choose subtle holiday themed accessories but avoid those bold printed ties or caricature sweaters. Haircare and skin care regimes should be done 1-2 weeks before your session and be sure to set an ample amount of time before your session for stress free preparation.

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How to plan for an engagement photographer when the proposal is a surprise

Surprise engagements are one of those moments to remember for a lifetime, but how do you ensure that it is captured with engagement photography without spoiling the surprise? This will take some extra planning with your photographer, but it can be done!

The first hurdle is how to get her dressed up (and camera ready!) for a normal evening or just a walk in the park. The perfect scenario is booking a holiday season photo shoot with your fiance, dressed for the occasion and surrounded by the perfect backdrops and then suddenly dropping to one knee with a small jewelry box!

If the holiday photography trick isn’t an option, set up a date for a nice dinner out, or a gathering with friends, or just a ruse to snap some holiday selfies with a festive background to share them on social media. Your photographer will look like just another tourist taking pictures of the holiday season and will be sure to capture the surprised delight at that big moment!

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Should you trust engagement photography to a friend or family member?

Your engagement is a once in a lifetime moment that you will look back on again and again and share with friends and family members. Engagement photography that encapsulates the love and intimacy you share with your fiancé is something only a professional can capture. Even with the best of intentions an amateur can invertedly ruin your engagement photos with the wrong lighting, angle, or poses. As you and your partner embark on this new life journey, we strongly recommend enlisting the help of professional photographers like Natalie Roberson Photography to preserve the special events of your holiday season.

How to capture the magic of the holiday season in your engagement photos

With no shortage of holiday decorations and merriment in the air, you have plenty of choices for the location of your holiday engagement photography session. A special location that means something to the both of you is perfect, like the coffee shop you always visit on Saturday mornings, or the park walk where you first said “I love you.”

For outdoor photos, the best time of day to take your engagement photography is in the morning or the golden hour before sunset. For spaces lacking a sparkling Christmas tree or decorative garland, bring some holiday props like a wreath or Santa hats. Be sure not to overdo it with the props so you don’t detract from the two of you or the engagement ring.

Couple with Xmas Tree and Santa Hats

Natalie Roberson Photography is an experienced engagement photographer!

This new chapter of your lives together should be full of happiness and thoughts of future holidays you will spend with each other and loved ones. The experienced engagement photography team at Natalie Roberson Photography can help you perfectly capture your love for each other with the picturesque holiday season in the background. Contact us today at (972) 415-7644 and let us help you create the perfect engagement photographs that you’ll cherish throughout your lifelong journey together.