BY ANNA KERNS
Your Engagement Session will be such a fun date with your fiance! I may not be a stylist, but I have some tips to make you look and feel incredible for your shoot!
1. Change is good. I suggest one casual outfit and one dressy outfit. It doesn’t make a difference to me which one you wear first, although you may want to wear the more formal outfit when you arrive while your hair and makeup is on point. If you still aren’t sure what to wear, feel free to bring along extra accessories and outfits to ask me what will photograph best.
2. Coordinate Colors. This doesn’t mean matchy-matchy. Although it generally doesn’t look good to wear the same color shirt, it’s great to wear two colors next to each other on the color wheel – such as aqua paired with blue, or purple paired with blue. One of my favorite looks is when the bride-to-be wears a pastel top/dress, and the groom-to-be wears a neutral shirt. Neutral colors can be paired with practically any color. Some popular neutral colors include grays, whites and ivories, pale blue, pale blush, khaki, dusty green, and dusty blue. But even though pastels and neutrals are my favorites for portraits, they may not be yours, so don’t be afraid of wearing pops of color!
3. Fit is everything. Wear something you’re comfortable in that accentuates your best features. That’s more important than what’s on trend. You want your outfits to be stylish, but classic enough that they won’t be outdated next year. You will simply have more more fun if you’re feeling comfortable in what you’re wearing. My hope is that your engagement portraits will be framed in your newlywed home for years to come!
4. Have fun with accessories. Shoes, jewelry, hair accessories, and belts can give a basic outfit a pop of color and texture. A statement necklace can jazz up a solid colored top or dress! Comfort tip for the bride-to-be: If you’re going to wear heels, bring along a pair of sandals for walking between locations.
5. Layer like a Lasagna. Outfits have more texture, dimension, and color when layered. You may want to add a cardigan, blazer, scarf, or jacket to your top/dress – even if for just some of the photos!
6. Glam it up, honey. This is a great time to get to know your wedding day make-up artist (and even have your bridal trial on the same day). I’d be happy to send you recommendations! But if you’re going to do it yourself, be sure to apply more than your everyday look. Use blush to bring warmth to your cheeks. Bring attention to your eyes with eyeliner and mascara. Definitely wear lip color, but use gloss with caution since you’ll be giving lots of kisses! Bring your foundation/powder along for touch-ups, as well as your lip color.
7. Make it a date. The best marriages still have date nights and adventures! This can be a part of your Love Shoot, too! Have a picnic in a park. Sit on the docks and watch the sunset. Cook together at home. Have a cup of coffee. Read books together. Walk the dog. Go to a carnival. Check out this Pinterest link for even more ENGAGEMENT SESSION DATE IDEAS! Also, let me know if there are any places nearby that are meaningful or memorable to your relationship, like the spot where he proposed, or your favorite restaurant.
8. Bling, bling. Make your engagement ring sparkle before the shoot with these RING CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS, or take it to the jewelry store for maintenance. I will be taking close-up ring shots! Beauty Tip: Put on some fresh nail color because all eyes will be drawn to your ring finger!
9. Celebrate your personalities. Think about your interests and hobbies. You can include props and themed outfits for a portion of your session. If you’re huge sports fans, bring your team jerseys (as a third outfit) and we’ll take a few shots. If you play an instrument, you can serenade your beau. If you love being outdoors, let’s go on an adventure to a beach or mountaintop. I want your engagement portraits to capture who you are as a couple!
10. Take a look around. Head over to my Pinterest for ENGAGEMENT SESSION OUTFITS! Now that you’re inspired, take a look around your closet before heading to the mall. You probably already have some great pieces and accessories to build an outfit on. Your fashionista bridesmaid may even let you look around her closet, too!
And as Annie says, “You’re never fully dressed without a smile!”