We covered so much material with Liz Banfield that we decided to divide up our blogs into 2 parts! (Click here for a refresher with our first article.) Without much ado, here is “part 2” with Liz’s take on engagement photos, what to wear, where to go, and more!
Let’s talk engagement photo shoots:
Liz says there is a huge demand for them and they are definitely a big trend right now. “Engagement shoots can be a lot of fun and can be a great ‘dry run’ for the wedding and how you work with your photographer.” If you’re on a budget, Liz doesn’t feel like professional shots are essential, and you can always have a friend shoot something casual for you. We agree but cannot deny loving it when we receive professional engagement photos from our clients. Posting them on our social media channels, tagging local photographers and bragging about our clients is at the top of our fun list!
The big question is what to wear…
Liz says, “Choose colors that express your personal style. I advise my clients to mix solids and subtle patterns. For most shoots, I think a more informal “date night” type look is better than getting too dressed up. Also, it’s a good idea to bring a backup outfit in case your photographer notices an issue that you might not have thought about.”
We asked Liz to tell us a secret:
Is there an interesting place in the Twin Cities that you like to shoot at that we may not know about? Her answer: “My secret spot for engagement shoots is Lakewood Cemetery. The landscaping and buildings are terrific. Also, Northrop Auditorium at the U of M is a terrific location for pictures. If you do decide to shoot at Lakewood, you should call first for permission, but as long as you are not shooting for commercial purposes, you will be granted permission to take pictures there.”
Secret Proposal Photos… yes or no?
Let’s talk about the moment you actually get engaged. How does Liz recommend showcasing that event? “Of course, the moment you actually get engaged is something you want to capture. If you can, it’s best to ask someone to take pictures of you and your fiancé. If you don’t have someone there taking pictures of the proposal, that’s okay, you can do it yourself!”
She suggests you simply “try to capture the moment of joy.”
DIY Proposal Photo Tip from Liz: “If you only have your cell phone, don’t worry; just make sure the lens is clean. Take several different pictures of the ring and of yourselves. Of course, all selfies look best if taken from slightly above rather than straight on.”
For the First Time Bride:
We asked Liz what her best advice is for a first-time bride. She highly recommends hiring a professional wedding planner. Even though you or maybe your best friend are capable of planning an entire wedding yourselves, having a wedding planner is invaluable on your wedding day. “They pretty much pay for themselves and are worth every penny. A wedding day is never perfect, but a wedding planner can help everything go smoother and perhaps save you from making expensive mistakes. Wedding planners are connected, and they know the vendors in town very well, so they can help you get the best deals and find vendors who suit you and your type of wedding.”
For the Traveling Bride:
If you are going to do a destination wedding, try to have your photographer go in a day early to scout out locations that will make a good backdrop for your photos. “Look for vistas, or an open area of trees, or a road that is landscaped, etc. This will save a lot of time and stress on your wedding day.”
Speaking of destinations, one of Liz’s favorite locations is Lyford Cay in the Bahamas. She says it’s a very serene and peaceful and is the perfect backdrop for a beach wedding. She also loves mountain weddings during the summer in Vail and Aspen, and she highly recommends the San Francisco Courthouse which she calls an “international treasure!”
We Could Go On and On…
We could talk to Liz all day. And we almost did! So much great information and a ton of wonderful advice, but we had to stop somewhere. We want to thank Liz for sitting down with us and offering all of her professional tips to share with our clients.
Need more advice? Want to book Liz? Forgot that maybe aside from great photography, you need the wedding bands that she might photograph? (wink, wink) Contact us today via [email protected]!