A common question I get asked is; “What should I wear to my engagement shoot?”
As a wedding photographer, I believe an engagement shoot is a no brainer. This is a celebration of your declaration to each other, and a prelude to the big day itself. I absolutely love doing this kind of session it’s a great excuse for getting out and having fun. Choosing the right clothing for the day really does help. It’s not about having the best gear, perfect lighting, or amazing backdrop, but rather the connections that are forged between a wedding photographer and bride & groom.
I believe that this is the most important decision you make concerning your wedding plans. Gaining the trust of your wedding photographer to carry over into your big day is so vitally important. Choosing clothing that you like and feel comfortable in makes a huge difference in how you feel. This will reflect in your photographs.
There are two types of engagement sessions “casual informal” and “formal.” If you choose to go casual then just keep it simple and pick clothes that reflect who you are. If you enjoy dressing up and wearing extravagant clothes then your photographs will look elegant. This would be the perfect precursor and inspiration for your big day.
I always advise a couple to keep it simple; depending on the time of year and of course the weather! Clothes that allow you to move freely with no restrictions are always a good idea. I often encourage interaction such as lifting, jumping, scrambling onto benches or trees etc.
A celebration of your engagement
Aim to dress for style and comfort and coordinate with each other. If the man opts for a neutral look with subtle pastels then the woman can be daring and introduce some colour to balance it out. This will work wonders for the camera. Take time to discuss with each other what your “look” will be. Take into account that these photographs will be a part of your wedding plans.
I like to take my couples to locations enhance the photography. Places like London are high on my list, and it works for both formal and casual. I do like to offer some basic guidelines when preparing for an engagement shoot. Its fun to plan it all out and make the day enjoyable and as memorable as possible. If you are relaxed and enjoying yourselves then that will show in the photography and your shots will look fantastic. Posting to all your friends on social media will make an announcement to the world that you are officially engaged and the big day is not far away
Here then are some ideas for you to consider when preparing for an engagement session . . .
Must be comfortable and practical for the type of locations you choose. Sometimes we may have to walk for a while so comfy shoes are a must. Bring those stylish heels with you and slip into them once we are at the location.
For close-ups adding a necklace with a touch of sparkle will provide a nice balance to a neckline. Don’t overdo it, and don’t forget the ring is the centrepiece of the day!
Don’t be afraid to show your figure. If you have beautiful legs then choose something that will compliment them. Have fun with shorter hemlines and colourful footwear.
Mix it up
Sometimes bringing some extra clothing can add to your look. You may decide to pack an extra shirt or jacket sometimes even a hat can work wonders. “Mix n match” your outfits creating different looks on the day is very easy. Your photography will look fresh and interesting.
Hair & makeup
Don’t be tempted to stray too far away from your everyday look. You need to look like yourself so don’t change your hair or try some new makeup ideas. I find the less you do here the better, it’s not a fashion shoot so just keep it simple and natural.
I always advise my couples to choose clothing that will make them look fantastic. Subtle pastels work best, try to stay away from really bright, loud and garish colours. The main focus of the session is always the couple and loud clothing will distract the viewer. As a rule of thumb I always advise the following; no patterns, stripes, checks, definitely no logos. Neutral colours always work well and will keep the shots from looking dated.
Pastel browns, blues, beige, white, grey, floral patterns are ok but keep them toned down. Jeans, leather jackets, floaty dresses and cardigans are all timeless and the casual look is always in fashion. Of course if you prefer you can go the whole hog and really get dressed up. Suit and tie matched with a stunning cocktail dress and heels work wonders against the evening skyline of the city or the river.
The choices are endless the results are definitely worth it. Choose your theme together, we will discuss the locations and spend the day creating some amazing photographs. Forging a bond here gives you one less thing to worry about, and you will actually look forward to your wedding day photography.