Engaged In 2021? 5 Tips From Your Wedding Photographer

Getting married in 2020 proved challenging, but what will 2021 look like? Clients and wedding vendors alike are hopeful now that the Covid-19 vaccine rollout is going well. However, how does that affect you and your future wedding planning? Here are 5 timely tips and trends for your engagement from Leesburg, Virginia wedding photographer Anne Lord. Remember, no matter what that your engagement and pending wedding are a time to celebrate!

1.  Make an Engagement Bubble

First and foremost, remember to take time for each other throughout the engagement and wedding planning. Grab a romantic dinner, just you two. Take the time to go stargazing or make your own drive-in movie where you can snuggle up and enjoy each other.

2.  Stay Flexible

If you are considering getting married later this year when Covid restrictions are expected to lessen, make sure to get as much information as possible. Wedding vendors and venues might be in short supply, or weekend wedding dates are few and far between. If you find vendors and venues are ready for you, then start planning as soon as possible. If having a prime date and the best vendors is paramount for you two, then consider 2022. Try not to stress out about it —  stay flexible and if needed, seek help from a local wedding planner.

3.  Smaller Can Be Bigger

Guest lists may have gotten smaller, but a micro wedding is not your only option. This crazy past year has led to some really creative ideas for getting married. More and more couples are planning multiple celebrations and shift weddings (this is where guests arrive at staggered times). Technology is also being utilized more by creating private Facebook groups and websites where guests can interact with one another before and during the ceremony. These options have also opened up the “weekday wedding”. By hosting a wedding on a non-peak day of the week you can save lots of money. However, you will want to research if this is an option with your desired venue.

4.  Personalized Service and Décor for Beautiful Wedding Photos

With social distancing now firmly ingrained in our culture, more couples are choosing to have servers taking drink orders at tables, plated meals (restaurant style), and more dramatic ceremony back drops or floral chandeliers. With this new added emphasis on color schemes, floral installations, and table décor, make sure to schedule time with your Leesburg Virginia wedding photographer so she is ready to capture every detail of your big day.

5.  Nostalgic Details

With change comes nostalgia, and where better to capture those moments to look back on them with your family on your wedding day. More and more couples are putting an emphasis on looking back at the couples who went before them by honoring their parents generations. Plan and prioritize with your Leesburg, Virginia photographer before the wedding to determine what you would like with regard to family photographs. Maybe you want those special images of the different generation of women in your family, or the different couples who have inspired you and your partner.

Anne Lord: Your Engagement and Wedding Photographer

As an experienced Leesburg Virginia wedding photographer, Anne Lord loves to capture the passion, joy, and hope that every wedding exudes. You can browse her engagement and wedding portfolio to get a better idea of her work. Are you ready to discuss your big day? Contact her at 703-435-5292 or anne@annelordphotography.com and let’s talk about your ideas.

3 Tips For Feeling Comfortable During Your Engagement Photo Shoot

Engagement photos can be a nerve-wracking process, especially if you are not fond of being in front of the camera. As a Leesburg, Virginia wedding photographer with over 19 years of experience, Anne Lord has a few tips to help you feel more comfortable taking your engagement photos.

1) Feeling comfortable with your photographer

Your engagement should be about being in love, soaking up the excitement, and getting ready to start a brand-new journey together. You should take every opportunity to celebrate, and an engagement photography session is a fun, informal way to celebrate just the two of you! It also will give you the opportunity to feel more comfortable with your wedding photographer before the big day. You will get to work out all the quirks and be more relaxed in front of the camera. All while getting to know the other person you will spend your entire wedding day with.

Your engagement photographer will get a chance to gauge you as a couple, how you connect, and the best way to capture that. Some couples are quiet and intimate, while some are very energetic and vivacious. The more you know about each other, the more natural and relaxed you will feel on your wedding day.

Most couples are not comfortable in front of the camera, so this can be much like a practice run before the big day. There is so little time on your wedding day for couple shots. You do not want to spend the first half of your photo session warming up or figuring anything out. Having an engagement shoot is also a great way to have some gorgeous portraits of you and your loved one together. You could even use them for the wedding invites or your guestbook, and of course creates great social media content.

2) Wear something that is comfortable and gives confidence

It may seem silly, but if you do not pick an outfit you are comfortable in for your photo session, you could potentially spend your whole time picking at your clothes or covering yourself up. If you choose something you have not worn before, you will be worried about how you look in it or may discover it is actually quite uncomfortable. This discomfort can translate into how you come across in your photos. This does not mean you cannot ever choose a new outfit for your engagement shoot. If you do purchase something new, take it out for a test run and make sure you like both the fit and the feel. You want to choose outfits that make you feel like a million bucks. Anne aims for a casual, relaxed time and therefore suggests a casual outfit as opposed to being very dressy.  Oftentimes Anne will have the couple pose on the ground, so shorts or short skirts are generally not recommended.

The thing to remember is that these photos are representative of your own personalities, so you should feel like yourselves and dress like yourselves too!

3) Choose a comfortable location

Location can be everything, so think about what you really love as a couple and what place reflects it. That said, Anne has a perfect spot near the Potomac River that she generally uses and that works well with great photo opportunities.

Typically, Anne finds that men are more uncomfortable in front of the camera than the ladies.  She tries to keep the photo session fairly short and fun. The couple get to know her better and on the big day the groom is more comfortable having already met Anne and knowing she will do a great job in a short space of time.

Another reason for a comfortable outdoor location is Anne (being an avid pet lover) always asks if the couple have a dog they would like included in the session.  Couples are more relaxed when they have their pets with them and not all the attention is being focused on just them.

To sum up, relax and remember this next season of life is going to be one of the best!

Choose Anne Lord for your Engagement photography!

If you are searching for an experienced engagement and wedding photographer, please send Anne an email at anne@annelordphotography.com or to start a conversation on what you have in mind call (703) 435-5292.

Couples are ­always welcome to include their pets in the session since we are pet friendly.