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Engagement Sessions

Get Him to Cooperate

Are you stressing out about your upcoming engagement session? Not sure if your fiancé will enjoy it or want to participate? Check out these tips to prepare for the E Session and help get him to cooperate:” 

  1. Make it worth his while. Motivate him in whatever way you think will make him want to participate in your session. If he’s wanted you to do something you haven’t done, now is the time to play that card. For example, if you don’t like watching football and he’s been asking you to go to a game, bribe him with that (or whatever works for your man).
  2. In the time leading up to the session, explain to him what will happen that day. He’s probably never done anything like this before and doesn’t know what to expect. He’s not on Pinterest all the time looking up cute engagement photos or anything like that, so he may not know anything about this kind of session or even understand what it’s for. Tell him the photographer will probably have you guys hold hands, cuddle, hug, and kiss. You want to explain the session to him prior so it’s not scary for him and he won’t feel awkward as it’s happening. Let him know it will be OK because you’ll be there the whole time and it will all be good.
  3. He can have a drink during your session to help loosen you up. (Not to get drunk, but to ease his nerves.)
  4. Be extra loving with him before the session. Picture day is super stressful, so getting into a fight beforehand is easy. Make a point to be more caring and patient during this stressful time. This will make the photos better because you’re not upset with each other due to something that happened that morning due to stress. You’ll be able to relax and be more affectionate during the session.
  5. Explain the importance of the photos to him. Tell him, “I know this is stressful, and you don’t want to do it, but I want tomorrow to be all about us. In 50 years, I want to look back on these photos. These are important.” This way, he doesn’t think it’s just something on his checklist that he must do before the wedding, but that they are essential to you. He loves you; he’ll do it for you.
  6. Incorporate his ideas into the session. Ask him if he has any ideas for the session. If he has something he wants to do, he will be more excited about it because he will feel involved and like it’s about him, too, not just all about you. Consider what makes you guys unique as a couple and incorporate those ideas into the session, whether it be a location, props, clothing, etc. 
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