Engagement Photo Tips!
Here are some engagement photo tips that you might find very useful for planning your photo session. These engagement photo tips are the result my having many years of experience working closely with couples.
What to Wear for Your Engagement Photos
Deciding what to wear for your engagement photos shouldn’t be something to stress about. For some it’s a lot of pressure to look good and feel confident in front of the camera, but at the end of the day, you should choose outfits you feel comfortable in.
Your engagement session can be an opportunity for us to spend some time together, while you warm up in front of the camera and show off your personalities. Here are a few helpful tips for you to consider.
Be yourself Your favorite photos will be the ones where you look and feel like yourselves. Wearing an outfit you’re comfortable in will accentuate your style and personality. Whether you want to wear jeans and a t-shirt or matching slacks and shirts, your overall comfort will show and influence the overall mood of your photos.
If you plan to hire a professional makeup artist (MUA) for your wedding day, this is a great time to coordinate a trial with your makeup artist. Even if you don’t normally wear much makeup, a little foundation and mascara will go a long way toward making your pictures reflect how you look every day. Guys might also consider wearing some makeup made specifically for men.
Complement each other Coordinating your outfits a little bit is fine, but doesn’t mean you need to wear matching outfits. If you don’t dress like each other every day of the week, you probably won’t want to the same for your engagement shoot. There is nothing wrong with wearing colors that complement each other or articles of clothing that have common shades.
Show your true colors While black might be slimming, it can show every speck of dust and hair. Wearing white does not have to be saved for your wedding day, but consider whether the background or environment where you engagement photos will be taken will allow your white blouse or button-down shirt to pop from the background.
Your comfort is important If you find yourself having to jump up and down in your jeans to get them to fit, you might want to opt for something you’ll feel more free to move in. High heels or boots might not only look out of place in a beach scene, they would be impractical and uncomfortable. Swap them for flip flops, which will help you look more natural and relaxed. If a strapless dress is in your short list, think about whether or not you’ll feel confident or will constantly be adjusting your dress. The better you feel in your clothes, the better you’ll look in front of the camera, so don’t over-think it.
Another part of being comfortable is not having to worry about dragging a purse around or constantly shifting keys and your phone out of your pockets. Leave those items behind or in your car and you’ll feel a lot less restricted without them. Just don’t accidentally lock them in your car!
Dress on the same scale On the day of your photo shoot, you should both look like you’re headed to the same place. If you plan on dressing to the nines make sure your fiancé isn’t wearing his favorite team’s jersey with shorts and white sneakers. Wear clothes that are on the same level of dressiness or casualness.
Dress for your location Think of your surroundings when picking out colors for your outfit. If your photos are in a park, a green dress might camouflage you with the grass and trees. A complimentary color, like a red dress, would pop against the green if you want to stand out. For a more subdued look, try a cool color like a blue, to differentiate from your surroundings. If you’ll be in more of an urban setting such as in front of an abandoned brick building, consider wearing some bold hues to contrast with the gritty background.
If you’re going to be shooting in a field with tall grass, try a casual sun dress or shirt and jeans. If your shoot is more formal such as walking around the historical area of Saint Augustine before a night on the town, cocktail attire might be the way to go.
If you wouldn’t normally have a picnic in a field under an oak tree, don’t do it for your engagement photos. If a setting doesn’t feel natural to you, chances are you won’t look natural and comfortable in your engagement photos. You might want to consider some of your favorite spots as a couple such as a local park or the cafe where you first met.
Change things up If you can’t decide between casual and formal, go for both. Bringing more than one outfit never hurts, as long as you don’t have to haul a bag of clothes around everywhere you go. If you are unsure of what to wear, bring a couple of options to your shoot. Don’t be afraid to ask me which one we think will work best with the setting. Wardrobe changes are always welcome and will give you an alternative look for your photos.
Seasonal Considerations This may seem simple enough, but be sure to check the weather the morning of your shoot. Shorts and flip flops probably aren’t the best on a cold day, and wearing Uggs in the summer might not be the most comfortable option. Feel free to ask me for advice on the kinds of outfits would look best in that season’s setting. If you’re fair-skinned and your engagement photos are being done in early Spring, you probably haven’t gotten a lot of sun. Bright colors can wash pale skin out, so it may be best to go with pastel or neutral tones if you’re naturally very fair-skinned or haven’t acquired a tan.
Prints are okay to wear Many couples avoid prints because they don’t want to overdo it. To balance the print, I recommend having your partner wear a solid color to even things out a bit. Patterns and prints will show off your figure, while hiding any parts you might not want to accentuate. Color-blocking breaks things up, and by adding textures or prints, it will only add interest to the outfit. Be careful about wearing logos or fabrics that might distract from your faces. The photos should showcase you both as a couple, not your favorite clothing brand or sports team.
Wear layers Some clothing just looks better in photographs when they are layered, so consider adding a cardigan, blazer, or jacket to finish your look. The weather in Florida can be pretty unpredictable all year round. You can prevent uncomfortable photo sessions by layering your look. That way, if you decide to have some photos taken in the cool shade and then hike to your next sunny location, you don’t have to break a sweat. Layers are also great because they hide areas you might not feel comfortable flaunting. For the guys, depending on the weather, it’s often simple enough to have another shirt under a sweater or jacket to change things up halfway through the shoot. Layers can also include accessories like a vest or belt, which always add another element to the photos.
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I hope that you found these engagement photo tips to be helpful with planning your shooting session with me. Please contact me so we can discuss your needs and preferences and assure you of having a great shooting experience!