We love being Charleston engagement photographers!
Engagement sessions are the perfect chance to get to know your photographer before the wedding day! They also serve as a trial run in front of the camera. Charleston offers a wide variety of choices for the backdrop of your engagement photos including downtown Charleston, Folly Beach, and many others. These sessions are fun and upbeat and will include interactive posing as well as traditional photos.
Charleston engagement photographers | The Nuvo Engagement Experience
Engagement sessions are a great chance to capture stellar images of you in casual clothing. It also helps us know your personal style and chemistry! Getting to know our clients is a huge part of our client experience! We take our role as Charleston engagement photographers seriously, and our goal is to make the process as simple as possible.
Scheduling the Session Date
Your wedding date will often dictate when you will schedule your session. Many couples will choose a month based on the season or outdoor temperature. If you are looking for variety in your photos, we would suggest choosing a different season from your wedding date for overall added variety!
Our experience as longtime Charleston engagement photographers has shown us that starting your session 2 hours before sunset will give us the best light conditions. Starting later in the day is also better in the warmer months, since sessions in the summer can get pretty hot!
Selecting Your Location
We suggest choosing a location that is special to you or one that matches your style. For example, if you are both very outdoorsy people that enjoy natural settings, Mepkin Abbey might be the best place for you. If you love a classic southern setting, Boone Hall Plantation would be a great choice. If you are a more fashion forward type of couple, then downtown Charleston might be perfect. Some of our favorite locations for engagement sessions include Folly Beach, Boone Hall Plantation, Magnolia Plantation, Middleton Plantation, Downtown Charleston, and Charlestowne Landing, just to name a few. We are right here to help you choose if you can’t decide!
Picking Your Outfit
Choosing your clothing is often based on the setting you select, so it is crucial to make this choice after we have locked down a setting. Having 2 outfits is also a great way to add variety. In general, solid, neutral colors on top work the best since patterns and loud colors can be distracting. Shirts that are more form-fitting tend to look better than shirts that are billowy since billowy shirts can make you look larger than you are! Make sure that neither of you wear tennis shoes for either outfit as reflective patches on these shoes make for distracting elements in photos.
Hair & Makeup
Many brides choose to have their hair and makeup professionally done for their engagement session. If this is your choice, we suggest that your makeup being applied heavier than your normal routine. More dramatic makeup shows up for the camera much better than less! For hair, we suggest that you bring along a little mirror and brush/hairspray to make any tweaks, especially if it’s a windy day!
In Case of Rain
If the weather isn’t ideal on the session day, its no problem at all! We will reschedule to a new day and hope the weather gets the memo next time around!
This is the fun part! Our game plan at your session is to make sure your relationship comes through in every single image. We will pose dramatic and romantic poses while also including images that are more fun and natural! Our structure for you during your session is planned to make each image look awesome! We want you to relax, have fun, and trust us to capture the real you!
Once the session is complete, we will post your images online in a proofing gallery that you can share. You will be able to view all your proofs, make purchases, and have your images shipped all from the same site. We have prints, albums, and digital files available for purchase. Our Nuvo products help set us apart from other Charleston engagement photographers!