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Tips For Getting A Great Engagement Shoot

Taking engagement photos is a great idea to do after you get engaged. There are a lot of steps involved in planning a wedding and taking engagement photos should be one of them. You will denver engagement ringshave those photos for a lifetime and you can also use a picture in your save the date cards. Engagement photos are also a good idea because you can hire a photographer who you think you could use for your wedding photos. This will be like a test drive almost. You can see if you get along and mesh well together. Here are some tips on achieving the best engagement photos.

 

The first step is finding the right photographer to shoot the engagement session. You can do a quick Google search to find a photographer, look through Instagram, or ask family or friends who they recommend. You will want to choose someone you feel comfortable with and someone who understands your style. You will also want to like their style of photography as well. Another thing to consider is budget. Make sure the photographer is within your budget.  

 

The next step is to choose what you will wear to the engagement shoot. Obviously, you will want to make sure you wear your engagement rings. As for your outfits, you can get ideas from friends and family. Also, you can look on Instagram or Pinterest for ideas. Try to avoid wearing an outfit that is very trendy. And you should also wear something that is comfortable. You can also bring a few different options and have your photographer decide what looks best.

 

Another tip is to talk with your photographer before the shoot. Tell them about any insecurities you have. Tell them what you like and don’t like in photos. If you have a certain side of your face you like better tell your photographer. If you have a birthmark you don’t like photographed, tell them so they can position you in a way that hides it.

 

The next step is to pick a location. If there is a place that is sentimental to you then take the photos there. If you are not sure on a location then tell your photographer. Your photographer should know of some good options.

 

Next, practice taking photos at home. Practice the poses that you will be doing. Look in the mirror while you do this so you can see what you look like. If you want pictures of your engagement rings then practice holding your hands in a way that shows them off. Also, practice kissing and standing in place fake kissing. This will help make the photos look more natural.
Finally, during the shoot try to ignore the fact that your photographer is there. Try to be relaxed and pretend it is just you two there. Look at your engagement rings as a reminder. Laugh with each other and goof around. Also, remember to trust your photographer. This is their job and if they think something will look great believe them.

Preparing for Lower Back Pain Surgery

After you have decided with your surgeon that lower back pain surgery is the only option you have left there are some things you should do to prepare for the surgery. We will go over some things you can do prior to your surgery.

 

First, you should schedule a regular checkup with your doctor to ensure that you are healthy enough for lower back pain surgery. Depending on your age and health status you may also want to schedule an appointment with a cardiologist to ensure your heart is healthy enough for lower back surgery.

 

back pain surgeryAlso, if you’re a regular user of tobacco you should quit smoking before surgery. People who smoke could suffer from complications in surgery if they do not quit a while before the lower back surgery takes place. If you do not quit there is a high chance you will suffer complications after surgery such as infections. If you are a smoker do not hide this information from your doctor, it’s still possible to have the surgery but you may need to delay the surgery date. Doctors usually like you to quit a month or so in advance to prevent any complications from happening.

 

Another topic you should inform your doctor of prior to surgery is to let them know any and all medications you are currently taking. Even if its something as simple as a daily aspirin, you need to let your doctor know prior to your lower back surgery. You should even let your doctor know about any herbal medicines you are taking, even if you think they will not affect the surgery, there is a chance they could, which is why it’s very important to let your doctor know any and all medication you are on.

 

There are also some supplements your doctor may put you on prior to surgery. Some people decide to donate any blood loss during the surgery. In which case your doctor may put you on an iron pill to mitigate any effects that may happen to you from the blood loss.

 

It is also important to talk to your family and friends about post-operative care. After the lower back surgery, you will still most likely be able to walk on your own. However, you may need help with daily activities and chores like changing your clothes or bathing yourself. Make sure you have adequate help at home. If you do not live with someone and cannot persuade a family member or friend to stay with you, you should look into hiring a nursing staff of some sort. There is also a chance you may not be able to drive for a while after your lower back surgery, in which case you will need to find a family member or friend to drive you around. There are also ride share programs like Lyft and Uber. This will be very important for your post-operative doctor appointments.

 

The procedure itself takes around one to three hours, so if you have a family member or friend staying with you, make sure you let them know the length of the surgery so they can arrange their schedule.