One of the most exciting parts of getting married is having a chance to wear a
The Prenup Shoots or Engagement Photos serve as the couple’s way of telling their love story to the public.
Though couples can opt not to have a prenup photoshoot, most couples do this to have some really nice photos they can use for invitation, announcements, or to decorate their wedding reception.
To get decent quality photos, a lot of couples spend thousand of pesos.
But I think when you have overflowing prenup ideas, you can still get lovely photos without spending much!
11 Tips for DIY Prenup Shoot
#1 Find a Photographer
Thanks to the popularity of Instagram, a lot of people now has an SLR camera!
A lot of people can actually take really good pictures without being a professional photographer.
When we say photographer, it doesn’t only pertain to the Pros and Experts, even your friends can be your photographer, too!
Just like what I did.
I asked my brother to be the photographer for our DIY Prenup Shoot.
He is not a pro, but photography is one of his hobbies and he has an SLR camera. Perfect combination, isn’t it?
So, if you know someone who can take good pictures or someone who has impressive feed on Instagram, you can politely ask them to help you out.
If they said yes, then, congratulations! If they decline, you have to respect their time, too. You can offer them payment in exchange for their services.
Lastly, if you are a photographer yourself, try using a tripod. If you are an aspiring photographer, you can check out this helpful guide: Beginning Photography Tips.
#2 Think of a Concept
After having a photographer, you now have to conceptualize.
Think on how do you want your engagement photos to look like.
You can start by writing down the colors you both like, movies you love, most memorable places for the two of you, or simply the things you are comfortable doing.
In our case, I am a very creative person with overflowing prenup ideas.
So, we ended up with 5 different concepts:
- How I Met Your Mother scene (yellow umbrella)
- Carousel Theme
- Red-colored Concept
- The Golden Hour
- Royal Blue Cinderella Concept
If you have no specific idea yet, see the list below, and enjoy conceptualizing!
- Ancient Gods/Goddesses
- 70s, 80s, 90s
- Disney Movies
- Superhero Movies
- Modern Minimalist
- Farm/ Ranch
- Favorite TV Show (Game of Thrones, F.R.I.E.N.D.S, Suits)
- Neon Colors
- Recreate Your First Date
- Coachella/ Bohemian
- Laid-back/ casual
- The Great Gatsby
- Bring Your Fur Babies
#3 Search Online
When you already decided for a concept or theme of your prenup photoshoot, you now have to do some research online.
For example, you have chosen to do a garden-inspired shoot.
Search online about the unique prenup props you can use. Like flower crown, rose petals, butterfly wings, or color bombs.
Aside from the unique prenup props, you also have to search for some poses you can do. When you find good poses, save it on your phone so it comes handy during the shoot.
#4 Find a Nice Venue
Make sure you book in advance with the venue.
And don’t forget to ask for prenup rates, because resorts, restaurants, and hotels usually have a separate rate for this.
I am very grateful with Villa Concepcion Wet & Wild Waves for allowing us to use their resort as the venue for our DIY Prenup Shoot.
For only 200 pesos per head plus the cottage fee, you can enjoy their huge resort, and get playful with photos. Inside the resort, they have their own chapel, mini-carnival, wave pools, hotel, and floating pavilion.
#5 Be Creative!
I think, you are doing it yourself because you are a very creative person.
During your DIY Prenup Shoot, do not be afraid to unleash the creative side of you.
It’s your wedding, it’s your love story.
Never mind how others want it done, always do it your way!
#6 Wear Nice Clothes
Nice clothes do not always mean expensive clothes,
As long as you look good in it, feel comfortable wearing it, and you like it, go for it!
For our prenup, my boyfriend did not buy any new clothes. On the other hand, I only bought the casual wear, the blue skirt
The red dress I wore was the same dress I wore at the Christmas party 2 years ago, and the blue ball gown is borrowed from a friend.
If you want to save money, you can always check you closet. Or you can seek for your friends’ help.
#7 Find Your Best Angle
Most girls who love selfies know this by heart.
But if you are not like most girls, all you have to do is face a mirror and take some photos of yourself.
Try getting photos from different angles of your face: left side, right side, tilt the camera upwards, tilt the camera downwards, smile without showing your teeth, smile showing your teeth, don’t smile, laugh, or try different positions for your hair.
After doing this, look at the pictures and see which angle looks best.
Then, try doing it over and over again until you memorize it.
So, on your DIY Prenup Shoot, you know which angle will bring out the best in you.
#8 Find Your Light
Have you ever wondered why your photos doesn’t look as stunning as the pros despite using the same camera and lens?
It’s because of the natural light.
Did you know that the best time to take a photo is during the Golden Hour?
The Golden Hour is usually after the sunrise and before the sunset, the time when the sun is low in the sky. Say 6 A.M to 7 A.M. and 5 P.M. to 6 P.M.
If you do not have special lens, it is advisable to shoot using natural lights. Because it naturally enhances your complexion and shadows are softer.
#9 Have Fun!
Smile a lot and don’t be nervous!
Because any tension or worries will definitely reflect on the photos. And we do not want that!
So, make sure you had enough sleep before the shoot.
#10 Experiment on Makeup
Another big savings on our DIY Prenup Shoot is that I did my own makeup.
First, I tried doing routine makeup on my face. Then, I tried experimenting with colors. And that’s how I found out how pigmented Detail Makeover Metallics eyeshadow palette is.
I’ll actually create a separate blog post about this because I really fell in love with the product sent to me by BeaBeauty Collections.
Surprisingly, my skin looked good with blue, gold, peach, and purple.
So, I decided to use the combination of blue and peach for the shoot.
#11 Edit/Enhance Photos
Aside from the good photography, you also have to learn some basic things about color grading and photo enhancement.
You can use Snapseed, Adobe Lightroom, or VSCO to enhance tones, and correct some blemishes on the photo.
Lastly, you can share your DIY Prenup Shoot on social media and let them in on your fairytale love story.
If you have a friend who is about to get married, don’t hesitate to share this away!
Let me know in the comment section below if you have any questions related to DIY Prenup Shoot 🙂