There's no better place for your engagement photoshoot other than the rugged coastal scenery, with rolling green hills and incredible castle ruins around every corner. It's such a magical place and the PERFECT place for your engagement photoshoot! Ireland is one of those places that you just have to bring back some epic photos from your trip!
I have put together a little step-to-step guide on how to prepare for, and get the best out of your engagement session in Ireland! Scroll down to find out how!
Set the Scene.
Ireland is famous for a lot of things such as castle ruins on every corner, incredible mountain-scapes, breathtaking coastal lines, and natural wonders. Speak to your photographer to figure out what you most desire to be captured in. If you have a strong connection with the sea then let's go to the coast and goof around in the water. Or are you super into hiking and adventure? Let's trek one of the amazing mountain landscapes Ireland has to offer for your engagement shoot. Incorporate your favourite things to do as a couple into your photoshoot! This will also help you relax as its an environment you are comfortable in, so have a conversation with your partner and ask yourselves where do you both feel most connected to each other and plan your photoshoot to include whatever or wherever that is.
Wear something that makes you feel a million bucks & prepare for the weather!
It might be tempting to wear something skin-tight and clingy because you are feeling fiiiiiine! Just keep in mind that if you aren't used to wearing clingy clothes, you might find yourself adjusting and covering yourself and feeling self-conscious! A photoshoot is not the time to experiment with fashion. Make sure you wear something you KNOW you love on you and makes you feel like the goddess you are. I'm talking to you, fellas! ;)
Try to some-what co-ordinate with your partner. You don't have to pick a colour theme; long gone are white t-shirt, blue jean days (thank goodness), but I recommend both trying on your outfits and seeing how you look together, do you like it? Would you like it printed and hung up on your wall? You can also research similar photoshoots on Pinterest and Instagram, and get ideas for outfits that way!
More specifically, for Ireland, you want to be prepared for any kind of weather! You can still wear that gorgeous dress you love, but pack some tights, a jumper, and other layers just in case you need the extra coverage on a cold or rainy day! The idea is, you want to feel a million bucks, and be comfortable so you can focus on having a great time with your partner!
Lastly, make sure you iron/steam your outfit before-hand! Wrinkles are not a good look in photos, and are a pain in the butt to edit out.
Work around the sunlight.
There's a reason "golden hour" is talked about so much. Getting that soft golden light is truly magical, and if it's something you are looking for, then consider planning your engagement photoshoot before sunset or for sunrise (you can ask your local photographer for the times). I know sunrise sounds a little extreme, but can actually be an incredible option especially if you are planning your shoot at a tourist attraction! You can have your engagement shoot at any time of the day, but keep in mind that if the sun is right above it can cast really strange and unflattering shadows.
Be open minded.
Photoshoots can be daunting, especially when you have never done one! The best advice I can give you is to be open minded and trust your photographer. Don't go into it thinking "I'm not good at this," "I'm going to hate this." Just think of it like a glorified date! Have fun with your partner and keep your attention on them & not the camera.
Your photographer will likely ask you to do or say some pretty silly things to incite laughter & smiles. Keep in mind it's supposed to sound silly & make you feel a little awkward and giddy, because it captures so well & shows a lot of personality! Trust your photographer! Whispering your favourite cereal in a sexy voice into your partners ear has a 100% success rate when making each other laugh.. I promise. (See below)
Make it a date!
Any excuse to get all dolled up & order a nice steak dinner is a good excuse, right? Make a day out of it! Go explore a new location together, go on a tour, then after your shoot enjoy a nice meal & have a few drinks and finish the night off with a cinema date or a movie night in with munchies! When you incorporate your shoot into an already fun-filled day, I promise you'll feel more comfortable & excited about it and of course you'll already be super loved-up and in high spirits!