Hi there! I’m Curtis Wallis, an award-winning wedding and engagement photographer based in Columbus, Ohio. I’ve been a professional photographer for over 30 years and love capturing authentic connections between couples.
As your photographer, I want your engagement photos to reflect your unique love story in a relaxed, natural way. After photographing hundreds of engagements, I’ve picked up some tips to help you get genuine, beautiful photos that you’ll cherish.
Choose a Meaningful Location
Start by picking a location that is special to you as a couple. This could be where you first met, got engaged, or just a favorite spot. For me, I love heading to Goodale Park where my wife and I often take our dogs for walks. Don’t limit yourself to just scenic places either. Quirky spots like your favorite coffee shop or bookstore can work great too! I have even finished the couple’s sessions at the local bar where they met. Little fun details make for a special moment.
Here is a list of questions I have couples answer before a photo shoot.
- What fits your style more a park or downtown?
- Is there a special place in town that is meaningful to you?
- What type of outfit would you guys like to wear?
- What do you love to do on the weekends?
- What typical days do you both have free?
- Tell me how you met.
- Tell me about each of your personalities.
I’ll scout locations with you ahead of time to find the best backdrops and lighting. That way I can give you tips on how to interact with the environment for amazing photos.
Dress to Complement the Surroundings
Whatever you wear, make sure it works with the location you choose. A formal gown might seem out of place on a beach. Instead, go for a casual dress or rolled-up jeans. On the other hand, an urban rooftop could call for sharper attire.
Aim for outfits in colors that pop against the backdrop, but also coordinate with your partner. I love it when couples wear complementary wardrobe palettes – it creates such a cohesive, romantic look. But, at the same time remember your outfits should fit your style.
Communicate Your Vision
This one is so important! In our pre-shoot consultations, be very specific about the style and feel you want. I can’t read minds, so share inspirational photos, adjectives, mood boards, or anything to convey your vision. What we want to avoid is duplicating photos. It should be about the style and feel of the photo samples. The worst thing you can do is have a checklist of must-have photos that you spend the whole day just checking off versus creating moments for yourself. If you want dreamy golden hour photos, tell me! If you prefer playful candids, let me know.
It’s also hugely helpful to tell me about yourselves – how you met, favorite memories, quirks, and inside jokes. The more details I have, the better I can capture your authentic dynamic.
Well, there’s a quick snapshot of my best tips! Let me know if you have any other questions. I’m so excited to work with you to get engagement photos you’ll truly love.