Tip #1 – Be yourself. Our favorite photos are the ones where the couple looks and feels like themselves. Wearing an outfit you’re comfortable in will only accentuate your style and personality. Whether you want to wear jeans and a (nice) t-shirt or a formal outfit, your happiness will show through and influence the overall mood in the photos.
That being said, an engagement shoot is an opportunity to enhance your natural beauty. Think of it as a day where you and your significant other are out on a date and you both look your best. If you plan to wear makeup for your wedding day, this is a great time to coordinate a trial with your makeup artist. Getting your makeup done is a small investment that helps you feel confident — which definitely shows up in your pictures. Even if you don’t normally wear makeup, cameras have a sneaky way of picking up uneven tones on our faces. Plus flash eyelashes tend to look extra glamorous on camera.
Tip #2 – Show your true colours. Black might be slimming, but we generally advise couples not to wear it since it leads to every speck of dust and hair being easily caught on camera. We love whites and pastels, so go with simple hues that will pop from the background. Creams and blues work well too. Nautical themes (without the red) are always encouraged:) We also don’t recommend red, it tends to bring out your blemishes.
Tip #3 – Comfort is key. While we don’t recommend track suits and jogging pants. If you have 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. The better you feel in your clothes, the better you’ll look in front of the camera, so don’t overthink 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.
Tip #4 – Dress on the same scale as a couple. On the day of your photo shoot, you should both look like you’re headed to the same place. Plan on dressing to the nines? Make sure your fiance isn’t wearing his favourite casual tee with shorts and white sneakers. Wear clothes that are on the same level of dressiness or casualness & in the same season. If one of you is wearing boots, the other one shouldn’t wear sandals and vice versa.
Tip #5 – Think of 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 subtle white colour 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 — let’s say in front of an abandoned brick building, avoid red & orange since that’s usually the colour of bricks— try pastel colours to contrast with the gritty background.If you’re going to be shooting in a wheat field, try a casual sun dress or shirt and jeans. If your shoot is more formal — cocktail attire might be the way to go.
Tip #6 – Switch 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 (or send us some pics) and ask your photographer which one they think will work best with the setting. Time permitting, wardrobe changes are always welcome and will give you an alternative look for your photos.
Tip #7 – Consider the season. 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. Be sure to ask your photographer for advice on what 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. Best to go with pastel or neutral tones if you’re naturally porcelain-toned.
Tip #8- Accessorize. We love when couples show up with unique necklaces, earrings, watches, ties, suspenders, belts & shoes! I think every girl loves shoes, so if there’s a special pair you want to bring to showcase in your pictures, wear them. If you do get the opportunity to have your engagement ring cleaned, we recommend it, especially since you know we’ll photograph that gorgeous ring! If the gents want to wear a snazzy belt & watch go for it! We do suggest polishing your shoes. You’d be surprised how many interesting detail shots are captured that compliment the rest of the engagement photos.
Tip #9- Don’t hold back on the props. We love props, but only if they make sense for your location. We don’t recommend bringing too many items, but unique things like flowers, mugs, initials & cards are always lovely. Especially if you’re looking to have your engagement featured. If you’re looking to get featured, wedding blogs love details, so anything truly unique and romantic is encouraged. Alternatively, if you’re in a beautiful location, it’s always nice to have your hands free and just enjoy the session without bringing anything along.
Tip #10- Enjoy it! While we know that most of you have never had a professional photo shoot before. This really is the best time to get to know your photographer and also have that alone time with you fiancé. Enjoy every moment of it as we capture your laughter and smiles. An engagement session will not only prepare you for your wedding day photo shoot, but it will also be something else you can print and enjoy as you get even more excited for your wedding.