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Have you been dreaming of light, bright, and airy engagement photos? Of course, the first step is hiring a great photographer with that style. After that, there are a few basic choices you can make to ensure the engagement session of your dreams!

Location, Location, Location

First and foremost, picking light and airy locations for your photos will make a huge difference. You can’t get bright images in dark spots. Look for white walls, marble, and lighter spots for photos. If you want a park or something similar, make sure it has shade, but not so much it comes off as dark. The best tip for this is looking for shady spots where you can look up and still see the sky. Spots like that make for great lighting!

Marble Church Engagement Session in Birmingham, Alabama - Katie & Alec Photography

Think Light, Colors

Your outfits will also have a big impact on the brightness of your photos. We always recommend our couples wear light, neutral colors. Not only do they flatter everyone, but it also softens the photo making it more bright! It’s a win-win!

Opt for Golden Hour

Golden hour is the 1-2 hours before sunset. By choosing to start your photo session at golden hour, you’ll get the softest, prettiest light of the day. It creates fewer shadows, too, which is key for airy-looking photos.

Birmingham, Alabama Wedding Photographers | Railroad Park Engagement Session Katherine & Cameron's

Reschedule If Rain Is in the Forecast

We recommend that our couples reschedule their session if there is over a 50% chance of rain on their day. Dark clouds quickly eat up any available light and can make it difficult to get lighter images. While we always hate making rain calls (Alabama weather is so unpredictable), it’s sometimes the best decision to get incredible photos.

If you have all these basic things, you’re in store for some gorgeous photos! Of course, feel free to ask us for our recommendations if you need help picking a location or outfit. We are so happy to help! We’ve even written a few posts about our favorite spots here in Birmingham, Alabama, which you can find here! Also, if you’re a Katie & Alec couple, we will send you our signature engagement session style guide to prep you even more for your session!

Blessings,

Katie & Alec

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