Your Engagement Photo Shoot
Being engaged is a really special time and the engagement session will show the connection that brought you together through my lenses.
What to expect
You might feel a bit nervous about being photographed, and how you look in the pictures. That’s perfectly normal. With a few exceptions, most people haven’t been photographed professionally many times in their lives. Your engagement session is the best time to experience it once before your wedding day, for us to know each other better, and for you to feel at ease in front of my camera. We will usually start off with a cup of coffee or tea, to loosen up the atmosphere, and for you to feel at ease, before we start the actual photo shoot. During the shoot, just be yourselves and enjoy a wonderful time together and leave the rest to us!
What to wear
While there are no hard and fast rules, some clothes generally appears better in pictures, so I’ve put together a rough guide that will help you decide on your best outfits for the day.
The engagement session is about the two of you. Wear something that reflects who you are and what you love, fits you well and makes you feel gorgeous and confident.
COMFORT IS THE KEY
Wear something you feel comfortable in and easy to move around. Avoid anything that’s too tight or too loose. And if you are not normally wearing dresses and high heels, it’s probably not a good idea to wear them at your engagement session. Often times, there will be action shots - leaping into the air or laying out in the sand or grass. You can’t do any of that if you’re too worried your arms look jiggly in that strapless dress (which probably is one of the toughest outfits to work with).
Solid colors tend to work best since all attention is on you, and not your clothing. Coordinate but not matching - coordinate the colors between yourselves so they work well together. There is no need to wear the same color. In fact, don’t wear the same color! Just make sure they don’t clash. One rule of thumb is to choose colors from the opposite sides of the color wheel (complementary colors), or the colors adjacent to each other (harmonious colors).
AVOID LOGOS AND LOUD PATTERNS
You don’t want to be a walking advertisement, nor busy patterns that drawn attention away from you. Neon colors are also a big no-no. They tend to be extremely luminous and create weird color cast on your skin. Most people just intuitively know what color combinations work for them, so just trust your instincts, and your eyes.
BRING A SECOND SET OF CLOTHES
It's always a good idea to have a change of clothes for more variety to your photo session. Also consider the locations selected and try to pick something that matches to your environment and location setting.
If you have any other concerns and questions, feel free to contact us anytime!
See you at your engagement session!
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