Whatever you pick for your shoot, please make sure you are comfortable in it. You want to feel great when you’re wearing it. If you feel uncomfortable, you’ll probably look uncomfortable. Stay true to who you are. Don’t wear 4 inch stiletto heels if you’re a girl who lives and dies by cute flats. The rest of this is pretty straightforward, and remember – these are only guidelines. If your favorite outfit goes against most of these suggestions, bring it anyway. When we shoot engagement sessions, our goal is to capture the natural dynamic – not to show off a couple’s fashion sense. It’s certainly great to think ahead, but don’t let this stress you out. Regardless of what you wear, we’re going to have lots of fun and work together to take photos you’ll love. Plan for 2 outfits, but bring as many as you’d like if you’re in doubt. We can help you narrow your options down to the most flattering, ’photogenic’ choices.
- Logos/graphics/text on clothing. This is mostly geared towards the fellas, and there really aren’t many exceptions to this one. An engagement photo session is no place for promoting a label.
- For tighter tops (or sleeveless tops/dresses), always bring a cardigan or cute jacket for layering.
- Try to avoid sleeveless clothing whenever possible. If your favorite top/dress is sleeveless, bring a cardigan.
- Keep in mind what your body shape is and dress for it.
- Guys, please, please, please don’t wear clothes that are too big for you. Your dress shirts should not be baggy! You’ll look bigger than you really are and kinda messy/sloppy.
- Being too matchy-matchy. This might go without saying, but you don’t both need to show up in matching green polos and jeans. Here’s a good link about complementary colors in fashion. http://www.pinterest.com/jillinkorea/coordinating-color-palettes/
- Also consider the general style you’re both going for. Guys – this means that if she’s wearing a chic cocktail dress and heels, you should reconsider your cargo shorts and flip flops. 🙂
- White shirts with jeans / black shirts with jeans. They create boring photos. We’re just being honest!
- Running shoes. Unless we’re literally shooting part of your session at the track, please keep the casual shoes non-athletic.
- Ladies, please avoid overdoing your eye makeup. When in doubt, err on the side of caution. Makeup can go from classy to cheap with just a few too many swipes of liquid eyeliner!
- Jeans. For whatever reason, jeans tend to photograph really, really well. We personally prefer the look of jeans in photos over khakis, but that is really more of a personal preference. They both look great.
- Cute dresses. Another great thing for you girls to keep in mind is dresses! If you’re comfortable in dresses and have a few that you love (or want an excuse to go out and shop!), brightly colored dresses are a great option.
- Fun shoes. Don’t stress about this aspect, but if you do happen to have a fun pair of colored shoes, they always seem to photograph well.
- Bright colors. Rich colors can really help separate you from the background!
- Patterns: plaids, stripes and polk-a-dots always seem to photo well, so don’t be afraid to mix and match a patterned shirt or dress with a solid cardigan or sweater over.
- Accessories. Feel free to bring a variety of jewelry, scarves, sunglasses, belts or hats. We don’t have to use them, especially if you’re the kind of person who usually keeps it pretty simple with accessories, but it doesn’t hurt to bring them along just in case! They typically add a nice element of texture and interest to your photos.
- Nails Ladies, we usually like to get some hand photos in, especially for engagement sessions, so please make sure that you’re nails are looking beautiful. You’ll thank us later!
- Bring a cute blanket if we’re shooting outside in a park or ‘foresty’ area.
- Tasteful “Save the date” , “Thank you” , “Merry Christmas” signs, or anything else you can think of to help involve your reason for having these photos taken.
- Your dog! We love dogs, so we definitely want to see your furry four-legged friend at our session! But please arrange for a friend to come along and “doggy sit” while we’re snapping photos of just you and your fiancé!
- If you play the guitar, bring it along!
- If you own a boat and are out on the water a lot, maybe schedule your session on the boat!
- If you’re an artist, maybe bring a pre-sketched drawing of your significant other that we can throw in some of the shots to look as if you’re drawing it at that moment… etc…
- If your fiancé gave you a thoughtful gift or piece of jewelry that we can photograph, bring it along! It’ll help tell YOUR love story and document a special gift given!
- Anything that tells your story is a bonus – be creative!
Hope that helps, and we’re excited for your shoot! Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
Jill & Aaron Osteen