You’ve tried on dozens of outfits and you’re feeling stressed; you want to look your best for your engagement photos, but you’re worried about choosing the right outfit, or feeling awkward in front of the camera. If so, you’re not alone… but with a little bit of planning you you’ll end up with engagement photos you will love and treasure for a long time to come. Read on for tips on how to be prepared.
The right background can make all the difference between good photos and great photos. Select a place where you enjoy spending time, that reflects your personalities. For instance, if you are outdoorsy people, consider your favorite hiking trails or a secluded grove of redwoods.
Here’s a simple formula to help you pick the right outfit for engagement photos: Special + Comfortable + Flattering. You won’t want to wear your daytime pajamas (aka yoga pants) but you do want to be able to move freely. Choose something that is flattering to your specific body type, keeping in mind any areas you want to downplay. For instance, if you aren’t loving your arms right now, choose a top with sleeves, rather than a camisole.
Coordinate. This doesn’t mean you have to wear matching outfits. In fact, looking extremely matchy-matchy is artificial; your looks should simply fit together. There are two aspects to coordinating:
A – Level of formality. If he’s in a tux, she shouldn’t be in a peasant blouse. And if she’s dressed to the nines, he shouldn’t be in a sports jersey.
B – Color Palette. Drawing from the same color palette is a great way to coordinate!
Layer and accessorize. Layers and accessories can add so much depth and interest to your photos. They can also turn a decent outfit into a stunning one. A scarf and belt elevate a simple outfit into one that looks perfectly pulled together. Besides adding interest, accessories are also a great way to bring your personal sense of style into your engagement photos. A chunky necklace, for example, adds special flair to an otherwise casual outfit.
Dress it up. Engagement photos are a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to pull out all the stops for your portraits. Why waste it on an outfit you wore to the grocery store last weekend? I love the idea of choosing a dream dress from Rent the Runway for your session. Most engagement shoots offer time to change your outfit, so you can have one fancy outfit and one more casual. The most important suggestion I can offer is this: Be yourself, but be the BEST VERSION of yourself. Elevate your outfits beyond the everyday so that you’ll have engagement photos that you’ll want to show off for years to come!
If you really want to look your best it’s worth spending a bit of money to hire a pro. A good makeup artist has spent years training so he/she knows exactly how to make you look your most beautiful and your skin look flawless.
Once you arrive for your engagement photo shoot, it’s time to relax and let the pro take over. A good photographer knows how to guide you in and out of poses naturally; a really good photographer knows how to help you enjoy the process. Remember, this is a special time for you and your partner to be with each other in a beautiful place. This doesn’t happen every day, so revel in the experience!
As with so many other things in life, a little bit of planning makes all the difference. Follow these tips and you’ll look your best for your engagement photos and have an amazing day!