Charleston Multicultural Bridal and Events Association
Mar 082016

Tips for the Engagement session

    • Pick a location or two that is meaningful for you as a couple. The place you met, got engaged, enjoyed spending time together, etc. are all good options.
    • You should expect your engagement session to last 1-1 ½ hours in length.
    • The engagement is an excellent time to get comfortable with your photographers, as you experience how we gel as a team, and we uncover which poses and photography style fits you best as a couple. Think of the engagement session as a fun filled, relaxing dry run for your wedding day, in terms of photography.
    • Always know that our goal at Vintage Noire is to make you look “picture perfect in any era.” With that goal in mind, please make sure that you have hair and makeup as top priorities on your to do list, as you prepare for the shoot. We recommend airbrushed makeup to keep your makeup in place, or having your makeup artist present for touch ups during the engagement shoot. Let us know if you need referrals for makeup artists or hair stylists.


  • Make sure you think carefully about what you will wear. You want to your attire to say something special about you are as a couple, or have your clothing represent something that defines your personal style. You can also have a bit of fun and channel your favorite era in time or your favorite movie. Many of our couples opt for our fusion option in which they wear vintage or theme oriented attire for one portion of the engagement session and then they dress up a bit in an urbane, sophisticated or stylish manner for the second half of the shoot. We have had brides pick themes centering on the 1920s, Harlem Nights, 1960s Black Power Movement, Dallas Cowboys, and an Officer and a Gentleman, for example. Rule of thumb: Let your personalities and, most of all, the love between you two shine through what you wear.


  • Think of any props like floral laurels for your hair, picnic supplies, chalkboard signs, etc. that will add a special touch to your engagement sessions.
  • Remember that oftentimes the best times of day to take photos are in the early mornings or near sunsets (the golden hour). These times offer good natural lighting for pictures and the weather is often more temperate.
  • Please share with us, your photographers, your ideas and desires for the kind of pictures you want for your session. Telling us what inspires you and what you love about pictures helps us to envision the photography plan for your special day.DSC_0297 DSC_0309 108 IMG_0467-1662799777-O IMG_0042
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