1. Bring something trendy, fun, comfortable. If you don’t feel comfortable in your clothes, you won’t look comfortable in them. Bring clothes you feel GREAT wearing because if you feel great you will look GREAT. So be happy, be trendy, be dressy, but most importantly be YOU, and remember the more epic the clothes the more epic the photos.
2. Embrace lots of fun colors and fun designs. These photos will reflect one of the best times of your life, so bring something that will represent that, and you! I would avoid any kind of pastel or khaki, and stick with primary and secondary colors. I would avoid busy patterns. Colors that complement each other are- blue and orange |red and blue| green and yellow |silver and blue | red and yellow |purple and blue |brown and orange. Black and white can be mixed with pretty much with any colors. Example- Female is in a purple dress and the male in a black suit or female is in a white dress and the male is in a blue dress shirt.
3. I usually shoot each couple in two outfits for some variety. Look at your outfits together to make sure they don’t clash. If you’re not sure what to bring or what will look good with your location, I recommend bringing 4-5 sets of clothes to choose from. We will then narrow it down to the two outfits which will best fit our locations. Some ideas: jeans and Ts, Anthropology type clothes for both, or a summer dress for girls for the first outfit. For the second outfit, possibly something more formal like a cocktail dress or evening gown for the ladies, and suit, vest, sports jacket or whatever your version of “dressy” is for the guys. Remember the accessories for both looks- jewelry, scarves, hats, vests, or anything to tie the outfits together nicely.
4. Make sure to bring shoes, boots, and high heels that complement your outfit.
5. Bring a prop. A baseball bat, a surfboard, a bike, tennis rackets, your dog (not your cat unless it’s a tiger), your purple couch…anything that tells the story of who you are. It’s not required, but its tons of fun and helps make your images you!
I’m here to help with all of this! Shoot me an email with photos of your outfit ideas, and we will provide honest feedback. My wife Sarah loves helping out in this department. I promise that this will make a huge difference in the outcome of your photos.
You only get to do engagement photos once, so if you are doing makeup yourself make sure to plan enough time to make it perfect! Alternatively, this could be the ideal opportunity to get to know your makeup artist before the wedding day and hold a little practice session. Great makeup is essential.
Some tips: pay attention to your eyes! Your eyes will be a huge factor in many of your images, so spend extra time making them look perfect! Eyeliner and good mascara are a must – you don’t want clumpy eyelashes. Natural color with a little pop on the eyes is often the key. You don’t want to overdo it, but keep in mind that the camera minimizes the appearance of makeup, so don’t be afraid of “full coverage” and covering blemishes. It might look like too much in person but looks awesome in photos.