We all know photos are one of the best ways to immortalize your wedding memories. For many couples, the big day isn’t the first time they are snapped behind the camera. In fact, engagement photo shoots have become an integral part of today’s modern wedding traditions.

Engagement photos
This Breakers destination bride and groom had their engagement photos done at home in New York City. (Photo by Donna Newman)

But, where do you start when it comes to an engagement shoot? The Breakers turned to three of our favorite photographers for some answers. Read their responses in this special three-part series…

Engagement Photo Shoot Advice: Take One

The expert: Donna Newman
Like many wedding photographers, Donna says an engagement shoot is a great way for a couple to get to know their photographer before the wedding day. Her take: “It is a fabulous time to build rapport with one another so that when the wedding day arrives, you feel more like friends than strangers.”

Advice from the pro:
When getting ready for an engagement shoot, I find these tips work great…

• Avoid wearing clothes with patterns since it creates more of a busy look to the photo. We want to be focused on your faces, not on your outfit.

• Pick a location to shoot at which has meaning to you (such as the spot where you got engaged, or where you had your first date). By doing so, when you look at the photo, a smile will come across your face as you remember that special spot.

• Do a trial with your hair and makeup people that day. Not only will you look amazing for the shots, but you will feel completely confident on your big day that your team will get the right look.

• Imagine that the photographer isn’t there for some of the shots. Just have fun with your fiancé! These always make the best shots since they are natural, unaffected and spontaneous. This is when you see the “real” you come out!

• Try a few different looks/locations. The more time you spend with your photographer, the more relaxed you get.

• If you are planning to put your photo in an announcement (such as the local newspaper) make sure your photographer knows the exact requirements of that particular publication.

Photos from one of Donna’s favorite engagement shoots…

Engagement photos

Engagement photos

Engagement photos

Check back tomorrow for engagement photo shoot advice from Alain Martinez.

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Rachael and Daniel held their beautiful Breakers destination wedding this past December. The ceremony was held on the Ocean Lawn and the couple exchanged vows under a chuppah custom-made by The Breakers Design Studio.

Real wedding: Rachael & Daniel

Click here to view an amazing slideshow of Rachael & Daniel’s wedding, courtesy of Donna Newman Photography.

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  1. Rachael Feb 09, 2011 / 11:27 am

    What a lovely wedding. The lawn and the banquet room look stunning.

  2. Rachael S Feb 11, 2011 / 10:51 am

    By far, this was the best day of our lives and none of it would have been possible without the sensational team at the Breakers, and of course my exquisite wedding planner. Katie Gillespie, Kim Votaw, Laurie Rappaport and Sara Lowell thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
    Love, Rachael and Daniel

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The spectacular destination wedding of Ashleigh and Robert at The Breakers last August is featured in a special 10-page spread of Inside Weddings’ winter edition.

Until you get your hands on a copy, here’s a look at the couple’s beachside ceremony on the Ocean Lawn, dinner in the Gold Room and after hours party in the Mediterranean Ballroom. Also, check out the IW blog for more photos and Ash & Rob’s story, here.

Real Wedding: Ashleigh and Robert

Real Wedding: Ashleigh and Robert

Real Wedding: Ashleigh and Robert

Real Wedding: Ashleigh and Robert

Real Wedding: Ashleigh and Robert

Real Wedding: Ashleigh and Robert

Real Wedding: Ashleigh and Robert

Real Wedding: Ashleigh and Robert

Real Wedding: Ashleigh and Robert

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Last month we introduced you to Breakers destination wedding bride and groom Michelle & Justin. With their fanciful February wedding just a month away, the Manhattan couple escaped the cold and visited Palm Beach to taste their yummy menu.

Michelle & Justin's tasting
Justin and Michelle at their menu tasting with The Breakers Executive Chef Jeff Simms, left, and Associate Director of Catering Kym Bichon.

The couple, their wedding planners and the groom’s parents tasted each part of the fantastic four-course dinner they will serve to their guests next month.

We can’t tell you what delectable goodies they selected for their special day, (wouldn’t want to ruin the surprise for their guests) but we can tell you their menu is full of fun surprises and each course is more delicious than the last.

The week prior, Michelle and the gang visited couture cake designer Sylvia Wienstock at her New York City studio to choose flavors and fillings and ogle her famed sugar flowers.

Michelle & Sylvia
From left: Mother-of-the-groom Stacey, queen of cakes Sylvia Wienstock and Breakers bride Michelle.

See the couple’s gorgeous wedding invites from Cice New York here.

Watch Michelle & Justin’s champagne fight engagement shoot here.

Stay tuned for more updates on Michelle & Justin’s big day!

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