Christmas has just passed us by and New Years Eve in only 1 day away, can you believe it?
It 'tis the season of love and proposals lol. I find that over this holiday period many couples get engaged, and of course the ladies start the keen jump into searching all things weddings right away.
One of the first ideas for newly engaged couples is to book up a romantic engagement photoshoot. This is one of my favourite sessions to capture. Fresh, loved up, super happy couples who cannot get enough of each other. Simply dreamy in front of the camera.
I offer engagement sessions on there own, but for the couples who book their wedding date with me I include a pre-wedding (engagement) photoshoot. This is a vital step in getting to know each other, feeling comfortable with each other and with the camera. It gives my couples a real chance to get to know the vibe of how I work. I have found over the years that the difference between good wedding photos and amazing ones is the presence of the pre-wedding photoshoot. Familiarity and that extra level of comfort is so powerful on such an important and special day.
After booking up an engagement session one of the first questions I get from my couples tends to be, 'What should we wear?'.
As this is a consistent question I thought why not share some tips with everyone.
So here are my top 5 tips on how to choose a killer Engagement Photoshoot outfit.
TIP #1 - RELEVANCE
Whether we are capturing your love story in a coffee shop or dancing on redrock, you have to firstly consider the relevance of your outfit to the environment.
For instance, it simply would not make sense to the human eye if you wore a glamorous ball gown in a coffee shop, or a tight pencil dress in the middle of a forest.
Consider how well your outfit blends with the environment you have chosen, does it make sense?
TIP #2 - COMFORT
This is crucial, you MUST be comfortable in what you wear.
When I am trying to capture honest and genuine connections and emotions between you and your love it is vital that you are not worrying about the fit of your outfit. You need to be able to walk in the shoes, dance in the dress and be silly together without a second thought for your clothing.
So don't choose those heels you have never been able to last more than 5 minutes in, or that dress thats a tiny bit too short and you are always pulling it down. Avoid that top that slips down to reveal too much boob and drives you crazy on nights out.
Your focus should be on your partner during the session, not on sorting out your outfit before each and every photo.
TIP #3 - LOVE IT!
My third tip to my couples is always that you must LOVE your outfit.
I get that this can be tough after my previous tip. Sometimes the outfits we love the most are not the easiest to move around in, or the most comfortable. If this is the case you need to find a new outfit, maybe treat yourself and your partner to new outfits just for this photoshoot. Find an outfit you adore and feel amazing in. When you love the clothes and how you look in them you ooze confidence which radiates into the photographs. This is truly a MUST!
TIP #4 - AVOID THE CRAZY
This is a tip of mine unless you are a little crazy yourself, then of course go as wild as you want lol.
Generally speaking I advise my couple to steer clear of those insane patterns and fluorescent colours. You want the focus of the photos to be the two of you and your love connection, not the mental pattern across your jumper that sends everyone's eyes funny. Don't let your outfits be a distraction to your love story.
TIP #5 - DO NOT MATCH...BLEND
My 5th and final tip is to blend your outfits together. Do NOT match!
Back in the day literal matching outfits were a big thing but now, at least for my style and taste, they are a terrible cheesy choice. Try not to be in the exact same blue jeans and white shirts like your childhood extended family photos. Instead choose a colour palette and run with it for the two of you. This way your outfits compliment each other and work together well instead of fighting each other on the screen. When choosing your colour palette remember to reconsider tip #1 of relevance. Think about where your session will take place and what colours would work well there.