Jessica has been recognized as a preferred vendor to work with by her industry peers, earned TheKnot.com’s Best of Weddings award 9 times, and been inducted into TheKnot.com Hall of Fame. Jessica is a multi-award-winning photographer, a leader in her industry, and an educator to up-and-coming photographers through her Embark Retreat.
Blue Nile: How to Take Insta Worthy Engagement Photos!
I was interviewed alongside some amazing industry wedding photographers like Jeremy Chou, Audra Wrisley, Alex from Idalia Photography for our tips on how to get the most out of your engagement photos. Go check it out on Blue Nile’s blog post – there’s so many amazing tips!
Some of my tips/takeaways you’ll find in the article:
International wedding photographer Jessica Frey always encourages her couples to book an engagement session prior to the wedding: “That hour together allows us to not only celebrate this once in a lifetime joy but to practice poses and get to know each other,” she says.
“We get all the ‘awkward jitters’ out of the way since 99% of couples have never modeled or spent an hour having their photos taken together. We work through poses that fit their personality and most importantly, the engagement session allows my couples to build trust with me.. That way, on the day of their wedding, they know what to expect and can be more of themselves around the camera.”
Jessica Frey says that it’s important to make sure the area reflects your personality and relationship. “If you hate hiking and nature, don’t go to a park. If there’s a special and meaningful location to your relationship, go there!”
Clothing is a major factor in how happy you will be with your photos. Wear something that complements your style and allows you to pose naturally, while also feeling “special” in this beautiful moment.
“When choosing clothes, always go with what makes you feel amazing,” says Jessica Frey. “Whether that’s the color you look best in or your own personal style—if you don’t feel good in the clothes you chose, it’ll come through in the photos.”
Jessica Frey understands the importance of this connection: “I always start my session with giving my couples permission to be awkward. The first 5 minutes are always tough for them and for me as we get used to being comfortable around each other.”
With the right photographer, you’ll have a great session and end up with photos that represent your love story.
Jessica Frey is an award-winning, Texas Hill Country-based international wedding and event photographer committed to delivering a high-quality experience complete with stunning and joyful images.