Western Mass Engagement Session Tips
Your engagement session should be fun and care free! Here are some awesome tips to get you all prepared for some incredible photos.
THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX
…bring some props, think of an activity or a theme. Having some inspiration to build a session around makes it so much fun! Think of your favorite movie, book, pastime or crazy idea. Trust me, no idea is too crazy :)
CONSIDER HAVING YOUR HAIR & MAKE-UP DONE BY A PROFESSIONAL
…it’s a great way to get to know a hair/make-up artist for your wedding and can make you feel more confident and beautiful, which shows through in photos!
Here are a couple of Make up artists I can highly recommend from working with them in the past.
Crystal Vazquez & Co
Divine Elegance Beauty Boutique and Spa
…Yes, you have permission. Go shopping. Have fun! You’re going to have these photos forever and they document such an important part of your story together. You’re allowed to be a hot couple! Most couples bring a couple different outfits.
… The engagement session is all about having fun and enjoying your engagement. It’s a great time to cuddle each other and be yourselves. If you are normally a little quirky and love to laugh then go with it.
“We hired Greg as our engagement session and wedding day photographer. He was a pleasure to work with, made us feel comfortable during both sessions and took wonderful natural and posed photos.”
Below are a few clothing tips for the session:
Whatever you pick for your shoot, 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 in the world goes against most of these suggestions, bring it anyway. When we shoot engagement sessions, our goal is to capture a couple’s 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 yo u wear, we’re going to have lots of fun and work together to take photos you’ll love.
Things to avoid:
Logos/graphics/text on clothing. This is mostly geared towards the fellas, and there really aren’t many exceptions to this one. Make sure your clothes aren’t too baggy or too tight. If your clothes are too baggy, you’ll look bigger than you really are and kinda messy/sloppy. Usually it’s men who have a tendency to wear clothes that are too baggy. 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!
Being too matchy-matchy. This might go without saying, but you both don’t need to show up in matching green polos and jeans. 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/pants/dresses and black shirts/pants/dresses.
Jeans- For whatever reason, jeans tend to photograph really really well. I personally prefer the look of jeans in photos over khaki chinos, 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.
Bright, solid colors. Rich colors can really help separate you from the background, especially if we’ve discussed shooting in any especially “green”, outdoorsey locations.
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!
Engagement sessions are a great way to work with your photographer before your wedding day and get some amazing and fun photos to use for your save the date cards.
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