1) The Couple
It’s important to incorporate the things that are meaningful, so deciding on a location that best represents both of your interests is imperative as you’ll feel more comfortable shooting in a familiar environment. For instance, perhaps your fiancé is an avid surfer with a strong connection to the ocean, and you find the sound of surf on sand to be soothing; there’s nothing cliche about shooting your session at the beach if it’s significant.
2) The Outfit
“I have nothing to wear” —says every girl standing in front of a closet full of clothes.
It’s an age old predicament. I can barely decide on an outfit for a casual brunch, let alone an engagement photo session. Well, here are a few tips from Chloe herself, that will help you narrow down your choices:
“Long, floaty dresses and skirts add movement and dimension. Plus, the girls tend to move more freely making for more intimate and romantic picturesque photo opportunities.”
Think, the use of draping, or walking shots of you and your partner make for beautiful details.
Textures such as velvet, lace and sparkle are great for more formal looks
Here are some other tips:
Avoid brand names and distracting patterns. Plaid patterns like buffalo plaid or flannel look good on guys.
Steer clear of pin stripes as they do not photograph well
Minimal jewelry is best. Maybe layered, dainty necklaces or a thin, cuff bracelet and simple earrings, but keep the accessories to a minimum.
For spring/ summer shoots:
Long dresses/skirts, rompers or sleeveless jumpsuits look great on girls
Shorts, linen pants or khakis photograph well on guys
For Fall/Winter shoots:
Stylish sweaters, cute boots and decorative scarves on girls
Boots, Converse, stylish sweaters, dress shirts with v-neck sweater or cardigan for a layered look, or t-shirt under a flannel button up for a more casual look on guys
Be sure to plan your outfits way in advance! You’d be surprised to hear how often this doesn’t happen.
Morning Lavender—my new favorite boutique—has some great pieces that would be perfect for your engagement session.
3) The Colors
Let’s talk colors. Stay away from anything that washes you out and focus on colors that you feel comfortable in or accentuate certain features you love about yourself. For instance, hues of green and purple are great for accentuating brown eyes. Blue and green are also great for colored eyes.
Neutral colors such as white, blush and cream are ideal depending on the location of your shoot. Rock a bright colored dress on more stark locations to stand out.
Light, neutral dress shirts on guys (white, light blue, cream) over light denim give an airy look and the versatile will easily compliment whatever his fiancé is wearing. But if you’re going for something a little different, try darker blues, navy, gray and dark denim to add contrast to neutral color dresses.
4) The Look
It’s always best to research before you have your session. Pinterest is a great platform for pulling images of poses or looks you’d like to emulate in your own photo session. Try to discuss this beforehand to make the process more efficient. It will leave more time to experiment and get extra shots.
Props are always fun! Whether it’s a bike and a skateboard, vintage cars or old trucks–even something as simple as coffee or an ice cream outing usually make for fun pictures as long as it’s relative to both of your interests.
5) The Make Up
Ever notice how some pictures on the red carpet make the celebrity’s face about 5 shades darker than her neck? It’s because of the light and uneven application of make up. The camera will pick up the lighter colors and over compensate making for uneven coloring. There are so many great brands out there that are ideal for photo shoots. Cover FX is great because it helps to diffuse light. Don’t forget to use setting spray!