Engagement photos are one of the first mile markers in your wedding planning journey. It also can be one of the more stressful events – What do we wear? What location is memorable? How do we plan accordingly to complement each other? We totally get it – and that’s why we’re giving you some of the top tips your photographer wants you to know before your engagement photos!
The photographer shares insight for preparation,
“You may have already heard that your wardrobe is one of the biggest determining factors in the overall feel and theme of your photo session. No pressure, but the outfits you choose ultimately establish if your shoot is casual, formal, romantic, sexy, flirty, or fun. The fun part is that you can change into different outfits! Even in a short photoshoot, you can instantly go from fun and flirty, to poised and elegant with a single wardrobe change. Bonus – it offers you a variety of images in your engagement collection.
That being said, I have a few suggestions and guidelines to help you pull off the perfect look for your engagement session. I want you to adore your save the dates! It is likely your first professional photoshoot as a couple, so I want to help you create images that you’re proud to display for years to come. After all, engagement is the first step in your journey together!”
1. No Matching Solids
Matching white shirts are fine for a huge family session, but since it’s just the two of you, show off your personality by going beyond the matching solid shirts. It will make you look more like siblings than a couple.
2. Complement, Don’t Clash
Patterns are fun, but choose patterns and colors that pair well together. Maybe you can wear a sundress with a pretty floral design, while your fianće wears a solid-colored button down that matches the colors in your dress. Don’t be afraid of a little color. It adds dimension to your photos and makes you a focal point in the image.
We also encourage a few accessories like a chunky necklace (not reflective), fun heels, or a scarf to add texture. If you aren’t sure, bring it all, and we’ll help you decide!
3. Bring Two Styles
Most likely, you will have a chance for at least one wardrobe change at your session. Start off with something casual and cute. Then, take it up a notch with a dressier outfit for a romantic look as the sun sets behind you. You’ll appreciate having the variety in your photos!
4. Splurge on Professional Hair and Makeup
Go ahead and make that appointment. You deserve to be pampered! Professional hair and makeup artists know how to keep the frizz down, the makeup on, and your eyes popping. Because of the flash and sunlight, photos require a little more oomph than your everyday makeup application. Getting someone to do your hair and makeup will ensure that your gorgeous features are highlighted in the best way possible.
Did you find these tips on what to know before your engagement photos helpful? If you are looking for more wedding planning tips, you’ll definitely want to read our ‘wedding mistakes to avoid’ blog post – it is incredibly insightful!