First off, congratulations on your engagement! Now let the fun continue with your engagement photos. These photos should show off your personality as a couple. Take it as a chance to build your ultimate dream outfit. These photos should make you feel confident and in love. Don’t stray away from your norm too much or you may feel awkward and self conscious. Let these photos be YOU. When you look back at them in 30 years, you should see yourselves, not the people you became for photos. Here are some things to keep in mind when planning your outfits.
Embrace color. If you’ve been following my work, you’ll know that I don’t shy away from color. I love capturing the world as it is and all the beautiful hues it encompasses. Color can add life to your photos, and make the two of you stand out. Be sure to avoid neon colors though. They can reflect on to your partner’s face or clothes, which is often unflattering. A good place to start is to pick pieces that are different shades of the same color. You can bring in different colors from there.
You are a bride – don’t be afraid to wear white! A fun lace dress or a white jumpsuit may be just the ticket to providing the elegant bridal look you want for your photos. If you do plan on wearing white, make sure that your fiancé is not overpowering you (don’t let them wear red). Light blues or forest greens look great with white. You can also consider a floral dress with a white background. Your fiancé’s outfit can then tie in to the floral colors. I love how Lexi broke up the white with her customized “Mrs.” denim jacket. She looked bridal, trendy, and worked in a fun detail hinting to the wedding.
Avoid logos as they can distract from the two of you.
Men, adding a blazer can instantly add some style to your outfit. Also a fun addition… suspenders!
Think about your engagement shoot setting. If you are a tree lover and have always imagined your engagement photos being in a forest, think of this: you’re surrounded by green. Don’t wear green. Instead, wear pops of color, like mustard or red, that compliment green. For beach photo shoots, soft pinks and purples are wonderful, especially if you’re lucky enough to get one of those breathtaking beach sunsets.
Be comfortable. If we’re hiking through the hills, you don’t have to be wearing high heels. I don’t want you twisting your ankle! If you are a jeans and t-shirt girl like me, grab your favorite comfy t-shirt and throw that on with some great accessories. You don’t have to be in a dress and heels to rock your engagement photos. If you want to, that’s great! It’s all about being yourself and being comfortable, and that’s going to mean something different to everyone. Just know that you will be moving around during your engagement shoot, maybe being picked up, spun around, who knows!
On the other hand, if you’re going to an epic spot for your photos, you might want to wear the dress that makes you feel glamorous. Brooke nailed it with this royal blue flowy dress for a Yosemite engagement shoot.
Coordinate, but don’t match. Your outfits should compliment each other’s without battling or making you look like twins.
I love how Kellianne’s dress had blue flowers to tie into Peter’s light blue pants. The two certainly don’t match, but they work together well and look great in their setting.
Accessorize! This is not the day to forget about bracelets or necklaces. Whether they are simple and delicate or statement pieces, I promise they will add to your photos. If you’re taking your photos in the fall, your scarf will keep you warm and cute. If you or your fiancé wear hats, bust them out! It’s all about creating a feel with your photos, a mood. There’s also something a little more intimate about kissing under the brim of a hat. Too cute!
Consider adding flowers. Flowers will never take away from your photos; they will only add. It’s also an excellent excuse to have a trial run with your wedding florist or to test one out. Don’t know where to start? I have several amazingly talented florist friends that I would be happy to recommend.
Take the season into consideration. If you love the fall, this is your chance to dress super comfy in jeans and a slouchy sweater. If you want it to be more flirty, make it an off the shoulder sweater or something that ties up the back. Men can wear cardigans or flannels, and you’re done! You also have to think about your colors. You wouldn’t wear a pink cardigan in the fall. Save that for spring and pair it with some matching pink flats.
Bring your furry friend! People often ask if it’s okay to bring their pets. YES! Bring your dogs, bring your cats, bring your rabbit, bring whatever little furry creature has your heart. I love animals, so I get super excited when they become part of my job. They add a level of comfort and happiness to your photos that gives them a natural feel. Plus, it’s always a great idea to have photos of your pets. They’re part of your family.
If you’re still not sure what to wear, ask me! You have no idea how often I have my clients sending me photos of different outfit options, and I love it! I love that they trust me, and I love that they’re putting that much thought into it. Can’t decide on one? Bring several, and we’ll decide later! It doesn’t hurt to take the time to mix it up during the shoot. The bottom line is that I’m here to help in whatever way I can, so don’t hesitate to reach out to me.