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Paparazzi Proposals Now Offers Engagement Photo Sessions!

Paparazzi Proposals specializes in capturing the beauty and romance of the actual moment you drop down to one knee and propose. Memorializing this event is magical. The joy and excitement of this once-in-a-lifetime event can never be duplicated or recreated. These photographs are an incredibly unique way to share this moment with your family and friends. However, your proposal is just one small part of your love story.

An engagement photo session is the perfect way to show the world your romantic journey together. Where you first met, the location of your first date, and the spot you shared your first kiss can all help tell the story of your relationship while also making for an amazing backdrop for these heartwarming photographs. These pictures make for a great save the date or engagement announcement.

Paparazzi Proposals is thrilled to announce we are now expanding our services to include these newly-engaged couple portrait sessions!

A successful engagement portrait session isn’t as simple as grabbing a camera, stepping outside and having someone shoot pictures of you and your fiancee. There’s a lot to think about and plan for in order to allow these photographs to truly capture how special your relationship is. There are many things to consider beforehand to ensure your engagement photo session is a success. So we asked Greg Rhein, our Chief Editor and Photographer, for his insight as to what things one should think about when arranging an engagement shoot. Here are his top 5 things to consider when planning these shots:

Location – Think about places which are special to you and your partner. Pick locations that have meaning  and were a part of your journey together. Also think about some picturesque settings as well. The more beautiful the backdrop, the more stunning your photographs will look. You also want to be conscious of the foot traffic at the locations you choose. Times Square in Manhattan is great, but depending on the time you shoot, getting a clear shot may be an impossibility. This leads us to our next topic.

Timing – The time you choose to shoot can make all the difference in how good the final product is. If one of your locations is in a crowded area, shooting early may help mitigate that. Sure, people can be photoshopped out, but the more intricate the editing, the higher the cost may be to do so. Shooting earlier in the day can also help provide better lighting. Once the afternoon arrives, the sun light tends be harsher and negatively affects the outcome of the photos. Schedule and plan ahead, not only do you have limited time with optimal light, you also have a predetermined amount of time to spend with a photographer. Plan out where you want to shoot in advance and have backup plans for if a location may not work out due to weather or other factors beyond your control. Lastly, keep in mind how long it may take you to travel between locations if doing more than one. When paying for a photography session, time is of the essence so you want to be as efficient as possible.

Attire– Wear what you are comfortable in. These pictures are meant to showcase your personality as a couple, so be genuine and stay true to who you are. Do you like to dress up? Great! Do you and your partner tend to dress more casual? Then go for it!  Another important thing to think about is the colors present at the location you are shooting. You want to contrast nicely with the background. Is the facade of the building where you met white? Then choose a color that will pop against that backdrop. Dress for the weather. You don’t want to be shivering as you try to smile. On the flip side, you don’t want to be wiping the sweat off your brow in between shots. While weather may dictate what you can or can’t wear, try not to wear clothing that may obscure your face or any physical attributes you like to show off or, on the other end of the spectrum, show off too much.

Hair, Makeup and Primping – Again, do what you will be most comfortable with and what is natural for you . Do you rarely wear makeup? Well, suddenly having a full face of makeup caked on may look awkward and may not capture who you really are. If you do choose to wear makeup, go for subtlety. Less is more. Also remember, this is an engagement shoot. You are going to want to show off that gorgeous new ring. So a fresh manicure is a great idea, but remember to choose your color wisely. Also, depending on the time of year, think about putting your hair back, ladies. Nothing is worse than spending the day battling to keep your hair out of your face while trying to get the perfect shot.

Choosing a Photographer– Sure, your friend may have a fancy state-of-the-art camera, but do they know how to get the most out of it? Sure, it may be cheaper to use a friend or family member, but you wind up getting what you paid for.  These photographs are not something you want to skimp on. Using an experienced professional photographer can help you achieve stunning results. They are experienced in getting great shots and can provide you with direction to get the best results. They are also experienced in what lighting is needed for optimal results, both natural and artificial. In addition, they are experts in composition and balance, able to properly leverage the environment and the position of objects to achieve a superior look and feel. All that being said, always remember this is your day, so don’t be afraid to speak up and tell them what you want. When they have a vision of how you want things to look, they can better help achieve the style you desire. Most importantly, a professional can masterfully edit photos to help correct any of the the items mentioned above that weren’t addressed properly during the shoot. Below are some great examples of how working with an expert can transform the good into great and make your photos even more spectacular…

Here’s an example of a light retouch (blemish removal/skin softening)  

Here are some examples of a full retouch (blemish removal/skin softening and removal of unwanted objects/subjects)

Our engagement sessions provide you with 1.5 hours of exclusive coverage and include two locations. The cost of the session is $450, which will provide you with between 40-50 edited/color correct images as well as 2 images of your choosing to be lightly retouched via photoshop.  Additional lightly retouched images start at $20 per image. Full retouch is available starting at $40 per image depending how much editing may be required. If you decide to edit a large number of images we can work with you on pricing. Your photos will be ready in just five business days from the day you shoot. Paparazzi Proposals can’t wait to help you capture the beauty of your relationship and the magic of your engagement. We look forward to providing you with both a superior experience and breathtaking photographs! Reach out to us today for a complimentary consultation!