Engagement session tips
I hope that this blog post gives couple’s a lot of direction in what to wear for their shoot.
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What to wear:
It depends on a few things. What is your personal style? What look are you after in your photos (casual, dressy, feminine/masculine, a themed engagement shoot, vintage, etc)
The key thing is this: Have fun with it & ensure that you feel absolutely, hands down fabulous in whatever outfit(s) that you choose. I promise that if you feel like a million dollars, it will show in the photos. Confidence can definitely be captured in photos (and is a huge, important part!).
Another important point:
One thing that I often, often, hear is “I don’t want to look too trendy, I’m afraid it will date my photos in future years”. Honey, everything is going to date your photos. Your hairstyle, your makeup, your clothes, even at times the setting. EVERYTHING in fashion looks dated in 20 years. If it was cool enough, it becomes vintage, but it is still dated. Even the most conservative clothing choices (think: men’s suits) still change pretty significantly over 20 years. Think of the suits in the 70’s & think of men’s suits now. Quite different, and that is a conservative, slow changing article of clothing. Let`s face it, if fashion never changed & simple outfits were truely timeless, we would all be wearing doc martins, levi 501`s and plain white tshirts that showed a tiny bit of our belly button. The fact is, fashion evolves. It just does. Don’t fight it.
So what is our advice?
Wear what you love. Regardless if it is trendy & will look dated. If you love it, and if you feel absolutely fabulous in it. Wear it! From girlfriend to girlfriend, just wear the dang thing. You will love your photos of you in that little number!
These add variety, interest & texture to the photographs. Do not shy away from accessories. In photos, they are your best friend. Think chunky necklaces, adorable belts, darling shoes, cute head bands, fantastic earrings…… if you aren’t sure, bring a selection & we can help you pick out what goes best with your outfit(s) and what will photograph the best.
Often when people think of Engagement photos, their minds still wander back to faded, tapered denim jeans…..white matching t shirts and white running shoes. If this is your style, rock it. If this is not your style, but what you’ve seen a lot of (or what your parents engagement photos looked like….) please let this be your permission to NOT have to wear that specific outfit for your photos! There is absolutely no need to wear “his” & “her” versions of the same outfit.
Rather, think coordinate & compliment.
Pick shades & tones that flatter each other. If one of you has a busy pattern or fabric, the other should be simple in a complimentary color. As long as you aren’t both dressed in “busy” clothes (patterns), and as long as you don’t clash, generally you will look fine. Tie in a color in his shirt to your necklace. Coordinate his tie to your sassy shoes. maybe your bracelet is the same color as his shirt? Or has a color that is in his shirt? Maybe you have a patterned darling dress on, and he is more neutral. The only rule is to not be too busy & to not clash. Otherwise, have fun.
Change it up baby:
A fantastic way to add variety and different moods to your photos, is to have a change (or two) of clothes. This can add so much more variety & gives you a chance to show different sides to your personality (dressy vrs casual for example). Be warned, depending on where we are shooting, you may end up doing your wardrobe change in your vehicle. The trick is to park at the secluded end of the parking lot & just do it. I promise it will be worth it.
You glow girl:
One last, but very important tip:
If at all possible, have your makeup professionally done. I promise you that glowy, perfect, healthy looking professionally applied makeup not only enhances your best features in the photographs, but a talented artist can also downplay your less favorite features. Ask your artist to put individual artificial eyelashes (natural looking, not Halloween looking) on your eyes. These make your eyes look more open & glamorous in photos. They do not look fake when photographed, they just make you look youthful, feminine and sexy. In fact, sometimes at the office, we have eyelash days. Where, just to be extra gorge and sassy, we come wearing falsies on our own lashes. I think it makes us more fancy. I may, or may not, have some on right now.
Otherwise, just come happy, with your man well fed & be ready to cuddle & make up on comand *wink*.
You will have a blast!!