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The Ultimate Engagement Photography Guide

In this free 78-page guide you’ll discover everything you need to know to shoot breathtaking engagement shots and elevate your photography career.

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Why Master
The Engagement Shoot?

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Build your
Portfolio

Often times the most sought after piece of a portfolio is the engagement shot. These can really fill out a portfolio fast.

Generate
Referrals

Providing a remarkable experience early can provide you with many referrals before and after the wedding.

Get Free
Marketing

Guess what people do when they get their engagement pictures… They post them everywhere online!

From Planning and Styling to Lighting and Shooting, this Engagement Photography Guide Has Everything You Need to Know

Part I: 
Overview of Engagement Photography

You’ll learn how to create engagement scenes that look bright and airy, dark and moody, or any style a client could request.

  • Creating a Moodboard
  • Different Style
  • Props & Activities
  • Choosing the Right Locations
  • Obtaining Permits
  • Wardrobe
GET STARTED
  • Professional Makeup
  • Start and End Time
  • Final Talk-Through & Time Reminder
  • Describe the "Look"
  • Confirm Times & Locations
  • Encourage Promptness
  • Lifestyle Engagement Photography
  • Get to Know the Couple 
  • Learn Their Preferences 
  • Free Marketing 
  • Booking an E Session 
  • The Natural Light Myth 

How do you understand your client's vision? How do you prepare for a shoot? What props should you bring? It’s all here.

Part II:
Planning and preparation

  • Light Modifiers & Camera Bags 
  • Thinking Before You Shoot 
  • Time is Money 
  • The 10 Step Pre-Click Checklist 
GET STARTED

What gear should you bring? What settings should you use? What are the 5 ways to use a reflector? You’ll find out soon enough.

Part III
Gear, Setting, and Lighting

  • Reflector as a Main Light Part II 
  • Why Use This Technique 
  • Using the Reflector as a Fill 
  • In Sunlight 
  • Reflector Angle 
  • Finding Natural Fill Light 
  • Using a Reflector as a Gobo or Scrim 
  • Equipment to Bring 
  • Camera Bodies 
  • Full-Frame Vs. Crop Sensor 
  • Our Lenses of Choice #1
  • Our Lenses of Choice #2 
  • Our Lenses of Choice #3 
  • Third Party Lenses 
  • Micro-Poses 
  • Demonstrate What You Want 
  • The V-Up 
  • The Open-Up 
GET STARTED
  • Other Poses and Catching The Details 
  • On Location - In The Park 
  • Remember Your Job And Slow Down 
  • The Willow Scene 
  • Sitting Poses at The Willow 
  • The Picnic Scene 
  • The Look-Through 
  • Posing & Communication 
  • On Location - Tandem Bike Ride 
  • Active Shooting Scenes 

You’ll learn to execute hundreds of poses in a short amount of time. You’ll get actual examples of scenes and what to do in each of them.

Part IV
Posing and Shooting

  • On Location - Hillside Walking 
  • The Reflector Chase 
  • Hillside Sitting 
  • Additional Creative Ideas / Client Suggestions 
  • Pose Guidance For Him 
  • On Location - Sunset Ridge 
  • The Scenic Gaze at Sunset 
  • Conclusion & Final Recommendations 
  • Pose Guidance For Her 
  • Why Use Foundation Poses? 
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Meet the author

PYE JIRSA

Pye is one of the most well known wedding photographers in America. He’s been featured in countless publications like Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, Maharani Weddings, Ceremony, SA, the knot, the Orange County Registry, Style Me Pretty, etc. His style of wedding photography is deeply rooted in wedding photojournalism, influenced by fine-art and fashion photography which results in creative, clean and crisp wedding photography that’s romantic, fun, and emotional.

What Members Have said about this guide

"This is such an amazing material for us to study and evolve in our engagement sessions. Great content! Thanks for sharing. I bought the videos last year. Loving them. Pye is the coolest photographer out there."

- Rafael Steffen

"Thank you SLRL for always supporting the photographer’s community with great resources."

- Daniel Thullen

"Thank you, excited to read through and brush up on some things as well as learn some new techniques to apply! "

- Dylan Martin

"What an awesome resource! Thanks so much! =D"

- Gillian F.

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Part I: 
Overview of Engagement Photography

You’ll learn how to create engagement scenes that look bright and airy, dark and moody, or any style a client could request.

  • Creating a Moodboard
  • Different Style
  • Props & Activities
  • Choosing the Right Locations
  • Obtaining Permits
  • Wardrobe
GET STARTED

Part II: 
Planning and Preparation

How do you understand your client's vision? How do you prepare for a shoot? What props should you bring? It’s all here.

GET STARTED
  • Professional Makeup
  • Start and End Time
  • Final Talk-Through & Time Reminder
  • Describe the "Look"
  • Confirm Times & Locations
  • Encourage Promptness
  • Lifestyle Engagement Photography
  • Get to Know the Couple 
  • Learn Their Preferences 
  • Free Marketing 
  • Booking an E Session 
  • The Natural Light Myth 
  • Light Modifiers & Camera Bags 
  • Thinking Before You Shoot 
  • Time is Money 
  • The 10 Step Pre-Click Checklist 

Part III: 
Gear, Setting, and Lighting

What gear should you bring? What settings should you use? What are the 5 ways to use a reflector? You’ll find out soon enough.

GET STARTED
  • Reflector as a Main Light Part II 
  • Why Use This Technique 
  • Using the Reflector as a Fill 
  • In Sunlight 
  • Reflector Angle 
  • Finding Natural Fill Light 
  • Using a Reflector as a Gobo or Scrim 
  • Equipment to Bring 
  • Camera Bodies 
  • Full-Frame Vs. Crop Sensor 
  • Our Lenses of Choice #1
  • Our Lenses of Choice #2 
  • Our Lenses of Choice #3 
  • Third Party Lenses 
  • Micro-Poses 
  • Demonstrate What You Want 
  • The V-Up 
  • The Open-Up 

Part IV: 
Posing and Shooting

You’ll learn to execute hundreds of poses in a short amount of time. You’ll get actual examples of scenes and what to do in each of them.

GET STARTED
  • Other Poses and Catching The Details 
  • On Location - In The Park 
  • Remember Your Job And Slow Down 
  • The Willow Scene 
  • Sitting Poses at The Willow 
  • The Picnic Scene 
  • The Look-Through 
  • Posing & Communication 
  • On Location - Tandem Bike Ride 
  • Active Shooting Scenes 
  • On Location - Hillside Walking 
  • The Reflector Chase 
  • Hillside Sitting 
  • Additional Creative Ideas / Client Suggestions 
  • Pose Guidance For Him 
  • On Location - Sunset Ridge 
  • The Scenic Gaze at Sunset 
  • Conclusion & Final Recommendations 
  • Pose Guidance For Her 
  • Why Use Foundation Poses? 
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