So you just got engaged; now what? Wedding planning can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be! Take a deep breath and start with the basics: the engagement photos. Whether you want to use the photos in your wedding invitations/save-the-dates, or just have a memento of this important moment in your lives, engagement photos are one of the first steps a couple should take before heading down the planning road to the wedding aisle. Here’s a few tips to help you get the most out of your engagement photo session experience.
Get your hair and makeup done.
Not only will you look good in those photos for years to come, but you’ll also feel good about how you look. Confidence = looking good in photos.
Say no to branding.
Logos on clothing may be trendy and show off how much money you have, but try to avoid it if you can. Your fiancée and you should be the focus of your photos – not what you’re wearing. We want to see the love, not the labels. Unless you met your fiancée in a Louis Vuitton store – then it would totally work.
Don’t match – Compliment.
Do not dress alike. Just don’t.
Dress on the same scale.
If she’s wearing a cocktail dress, he shouldn’t be in a sports team jersey. Pretend that you’re going on a date together. It could be a fancy night out on the town, or a hometown team football game, but you want to look like you’re actually experiencing an event with your spouse-to-be.
Accessorize with props
You could even use something that will tie in your wedding theme. A bouquet of wildflowers, cowboy hats and boots, wrap yourselves up in a blanket, or bring a bottle of wine and glasses if that’s your thing. Be careful not to overdo it and a prop or two can add a lot of personality to your photos.
Match Your Surroundings
Wear camo for a paintball photo session, boat shoes and a blue and white stripe top to boating photo session, or a cocktail dress and suit for a night out on the town. Get creative, but make sure you look like you belong at the location. A long, formal gown at bowling alley is probably not what you would actually wear on a date there.
Layer It Up
Scarves, blazers, and bowties. It can be fun to incorporate different textures in your photos. In doing this, consider the season. Heavy coats would look silly at the beach!
Switch things up.
Bring more than one outfit! Also, don’t be afraid to wear bold colors and experiment with patterns and textures.
Get Your Nails ‘Did’
Last but certainly not least, ladies, do not neglect your hands. I repeat. Ladies, get your nails done. I will be getting close-ups of your hands (especially your ring-wearing hand), so make sure your nails look nice. Guys, this goes for you too. If you are rough on your hands (i.e., lots of callouses from lifting weights, grease under your nails from working on machinery, etc.), please go get a manicure – I promise it’s totally manly and you’ll gain some major brownie points with your special lady. You’re welcome.
Don’t forget to book Stacy Anderson Photography to shoot your engagement photos 🙂