Today’s insightful guest post comes to us from photographer Tabitha McCausland, owner of Tab McCausland Photography, based in Orlando, FL. Enjoy!

He, or she proposed! You got the ring, that’s half the battle, right? Now the other half includes planning, planning, and more planning. Part of the endless planning includes selecting your photographer for your engagement session and actually getting your pictures done. Luckily for you, we are willing to share our vast knowledge on “How to Get the Most Out of Your Engagement Session.” We are taking our top-secret information and sharing it with you. So if you want to rock your session, and brag to all your family how smooth this aspect of planning went, read ahead. You won’t be disappointed. (Hopefully).

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1. First things first, get yourself a photographer.

More importantly, get a photographer that meshes with your personality. Like a photographer that screams at you? Go for it, have a crazy person photograph you. Want a photographer that brings out your inner animal? (i.e. “give me tiger!”) I’m sure you could find a photographer in which animalistic tendencies come naturally to. In all seriousness, you want to have fun during your engagement session and in order to get the most out of it you want a photographer you feel comfortable with. The pictures will come across as genuine if you feel you can trust your photographer. Find someone who doesn’t laugh when you have your ten cats in your engagement photos.

2. Once you’ve found your photographer, it is now time to collaborate your ideas.

You probably have some sort of an idea of what you want your photos to look like. Remember being a little girl/ boy and having a photo in your head of you and your future fiancé all snuggly on a boulder? Now is the time to convey this to your photographer. Want a bearskin rug in your photos because it makes your fiancé feel manly? Why not? These are your engagement photos that will last you the rest of your life and you need to be absolutely in love with them. Guaranteed your photographer will take your ideas and make them a million times better than you could have imagined.

3. Now that I have you brainstorming of ideas for your photographer, think about any interests you may have.

This could include a sport your significant other might play professionally. (Note: this does not include winning your fantasy football league.) Another great idea is bringing your pets into the photo; they are in fact part of your family. Bring little Chew Baca, your feisty little French bulldog, and put him front and center. Any personal touches you can add to your photo, the better.

4. What kind of wedding are you having?

Is it a bedazzled, glamourous wedding? Or maybe a rustic countryside wedding? Your engagement photos should reflect this. Pick your venue according to your personality and taste.

5. Now that you have gone through all the prep for your engagement photos, it is now time for the actual shoot!

Well kind of. I’m sure you have an idea of the makeup and hair you want for your session. If not, get to thinking! This engagement session is multifaceted in that not only are you getting your photos done, it can also be a trial run for your hair and makeup before your special day. It is probably better to realize that heavy makeup, plus a camera flash, makes you look like Tammy Faye. (If you don’t know who she is, Google it. You’ll get my joke.) Make your session count! Trust me, you’ll be happy.

6. So, if you’re anything like me, you get a little indecisive when it comes to clothes and what to wear.

Before an event, walk into my room and you’ll see clothes everywhere. Or even better, just take my word for it. Many couples want different looks and various options for their sessions. This obviously gives you a larger selection of photos to choose from. Change out of those matching white tees into a formal, fluffy gown; we don’t care, it is totally up to you. Just make sure your outfits reflect your wedding and most importantly, your personality.

Now that we have given you our priceless knowledge on engagement sessions, it is time to fend for yourself. Fly little birdy, fly! I know it can be nerve wracking, but just cue up some “Eye of the Tiger,” get pumped, and get ready to master your engagement session.

Tabitha Mccausland has been at the top of the wedding industry in Florida for the last 15 years. She specializes in modern/dramatic wedding photography and finds inspiration by shooting editorial and inspirational shoots, which have been published internationally. Tabitha has captured weddings in Italy, Spain, France, Dominican Republic, Turks and Caicos Islands, Cayman Islands as well as Mexico. Her work has been displayed in numerous international wedding magazines as well as high-ranking editorial blogs across the US. She has racked up five national magazine covers in her career and looks forward to continue pushing the limits of a constantly changing industry.

To learn more about Tab McCausland Photography, please visit her WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to her website. Do you have any questions or comments for Tabitha? Add them to the comments below!