One question I get asked a lot is, "What should we wear for our engagement session?" What your wear for a professional photo session doesn't seem like a big deal, but picking the right coordinating outfits can make a HUGE difference in your photos! The second most asked question is "Where should we go for our engagement session?" That is why I have put together this guide to help you rock your engagement session.
What should we wear?
1) Wear something that represents your personality.
If you are quirky, wear something quirky. If you are fun, wear something fun, If you are sad, actually, don't wear something sad... You get the point.
2) Wear clothes that are fitted and/or structured.
All of us have aspects of our body that we don't like, but wearing clothes that are baggy or drape are going to make you look bigger than you actually are, so instead, pick something structured or fitted like: jeans, heels, a blouse with a jacket, or a fun sun dress.
3) Coordinate with your partner (no matchy matching!)
Wear similar styles of clothing with coordinating colors. Coordinating colors can be in the same color family (dark purple and light purple or red and pink) but they can also be complimenting colors like coral and teal. If you are unsure, don't hesitate or ask us or send us photos of your outfit options to get our opinion!
4) Choose solids or simple patterns.
Crazy patterns appear crazy on camera and peoples' eyes will go straight to your crazy shirt when looking at your photos. Don't you want them looking at your face?
5) Jazz it up with accessories.
Have fun with it and jazz up your outfits with a funky necklace or a cool tie or watch for the guy!
6) Clothes to avoid.
Avoid dark clothes that have a pattern because the pattern won't show up 90% of the time. Same thing goes for bright white and neon clothes.
Please don't wear neon... If you do I will make your wear roller blades and put your hair in pig tails.
Avoid undergarments that will show through your clothes or cause unwanted textures.
Avoid matching your partner exactly. Let's all avoid this photo... (yes, that's me on the bottom left.)
Where should we go?
I suggest my couples pick a location that is close to their hearts or symbolizes something in their relationship - this will make your photos even more special! That being said, outside locations with some shade will produce the best photos. If you choose an indoor location, it must have a ton of natural light. Sarah Lindsay Photography chooses not to use flashes and artificial light whenever possible. Please consult with us before choosing your location!
When and What time?
Engagement sessions will typically be on a weekday evening because we have weddings on the weekends during wedding season. Sarah Lindsay Photography chooses to photograph your session 1-2 hours before sunset, this produces that gorgeous golden glow that you see!
Hair & Makeup
Ladies, this is a great chance to do your demo with your hair and makeup person. This allows you to try your wedding makeup and see if you want to tweak anything before your big day. Plus you're having professional photos taken, why not have professional hair and makeup for it? If you choose not to have your hair and makeup professionally done for your engagement session, you will need to put on your blush and eye makeup a little bit heavier than normal. Everyday street makeup will tend to look lighter on camera than it does in person so to avoid this, just make it a little darker. Also, fake eyelashes will be your best friend when it comes to professional photos. They are the easiest way to make your eyes pop and give them that extra flair. Here is a youtube video for instructions on a great application: Applying False Eyelashes.
I love props! Incorporating them into your engagement session is always an awesome idea. I suggest choosing 1-2 props, anything more than that and we may run out of time and not get the photos you want! As always, choose props that represent you and your relationship. Here are some easy prop suggestions: vintage bicycles, cozy blankets, picnic stuff, awesome sunglasses, balloons, signs that say "save the date' or "I said yes", etc. Even a coffee cup that says "bride" can make a great prop!
Pinterest: The good and the bad.
Who doesn't love Pinterest?! I know I do. One of my favorite pastimes is to drink a glass of wine (or two) and pin until my fingers hurt. Although lately, Pinterest has become a point of contention with photographers because their brides see these super cute photos on Pinterest and expect their photos to look identical. When that doesn't happen, they get upset with the photographer instead of realizing that they had an unrealistic expectation. However, when proper expectations are set by the photographer, Pinterest can be a great tool to learn more about their clients.
Sarah Lindsay Photography asks you to create a Pinterest board of photo inspiration for your engagement session and wedding day, but we always tell our clients that your photos will not look exactly the same because 1) you have a different photographer, 2) you have a different location 3) it may be a different time of day, and 4) you are different people than those in the photo.
We strongly encourage you to tell us why you like the photos you pinned. Is it the pose? The lighting? The angle of the shot?
The more information and communication the better!
We want you to be yourself in front of the camera and we try to get you to laugh by saying weird things, but we don't expect anything from you. Our goal for your engagement session is to have fun and to build a relationship before we photograph the biggest day of your life!
We hope this guide has given you some great tips to ROCK your engagement session!