CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR ENGAGEMENT!
One of the most frequent questions we get from our clients is “Do you have any advice on what to wear and how to best prepare for the engagement session?”. Yes, yes we do!
Let me just hop on my little soap box for a second to talk about how important I feel engagement sessions are with your wedding photographer. Engagement sessions are a chance for your photographer to get to know you both better and to build a relationship with you. They also give you an opportunity to acclimate to being in front of the camera before your wedding day. We also like to use engagement sessions as an opportunity to provide coaching on how to pose and other small tricks that make for flattering imagery and these tips and tricks will come naturally by the time the big day rolls around. Feeling confident in front of the camera and knowing the small posing tips we have given you during your engagement session will help reduce unnecessary stress on your wedding day!
Also, engagement sessions are FUN! Wedding photos are beautiful and sacred, but don’t write off engagement photos. They are one of our most favorite types of photography sessions. They are an opportunity to show who you are as an individual and as a couple. I love the playfulness that they often portray and how laid-back and fun they can be! I would like to have my clients think of them more as a date with each other and a celebration of their love than something stressful or forced!
We want to encourage our couples to be authentic and creative. We are not going to tell you to wear black, avoid bold colors or patterns, or to play it safe. BORING! YOU aren’t boring. Your love story is special and you don’t need a strict list of rules to tell you how to express yourself. Having said that, we are going to give you a few tips to help make the planning process easier, promote confidence during the session, and ensure that you adore your images.
Cheesy as it may sound, it’s true. The key to feeling confident is wearing what makes you feel comfortable and attractive. If you never wear high heels because they make you feel awkward, then you shouldn’t wear them on your engagement session. If you feel more comfortable in casual clothes and do not enjoy dressing up, then you can keep it casual and still look great. Don’t wear something overly trendy if it doesn’t truly speak to you and your style. Be authentic. Having said that, this is also an opportunity to pull out all the stops and get fancy, if you so desire! You can even rent designer clothing for the occasion if there’s a certain look you want to achieve without breaking the bank! Try out sites like Rent the Runway or Le Tote if you’re interested in renting designer duds for your session!
Remember that epic photo of Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake at the 2001 American Music Awards? Their all denim matching outfits? Don’t be that couple. You are two individuals who absolutely love each other so you should compliment each other, but NOT try to be identical! Check out complimentary colors, color palettes, and other color schemes on the internet if you want some ideas on how to collaborate use of color between the two of you. Having said all that, there should be cohesiveness between the two of you. It doesn’t make sense for one of you to be in a suit and tie while the other is rocking ripped jeans and a t-shirt!