Let me preface this by saying, neither myself or Ned are not an overly affectionate couple, at least in public. Nor do we really enjoy posing for pictures. In hindsight, these are two key factors to consider when deciding if you and your significant other are going to do engagement pictures. Ask yourself, “Self, how do I feel about walking around in public with my guy, being trailed by a person with a large camera and being told to “act natural”, “kiss” and “get closer” all while trying suck in the gut and not sweat through your t-shirt on a humid summer day?” If your answer is, “That sounds like torture!”, engagement photos probably aren’t for you.
That being said, it was a big plus to be able to work with the photographer Collin Hughes before the wedding and he did his best to try to make us as comfortable as possible. These are the few photos that really turned out.
Although the whole process made me want to cringe, we got to know our photographer better and even ended up with a couple shots that look real to who we are, not posed. It was sort of a testament to “sticking to your guns” when it comes to your wedding decisions. There’s a whole industry out there to make you feel like you “have” to do this and that to have a perfect wedding. Don’t listen to it. Decide early on what is important to both of you and stick with it. You’ll both be much happier.
All photos via Collin Hughes.