So you’re getting married soon, you’re prepping for you engagement session, and then all of a sudden a panic hits you – OMGOMGOMG WHAT AM I GOING TO WEAR?! Stop. Sit. Breathe. You are not the first person to ask… lo and behold, I am here with all things good that you need to know! Ok, maybe not all things… but here are a few questions I get pretty frequently that will hopefully help you get all snazzed up and feeling good before your big session!
Q: How many different outfits should we wear?
A: Included with your session is 2-3 outfit changes, but I would really recommend 2. The reason for this? Takes some time to get you guys swapped out and spruced up between each change, and since we’re working within a window of time to catch the best natural light we want to be able to use every second we can! Most people go with a dressier option, and then a casual one. You really can do it either way, but I usually recommend starting with the dressier option. It’s easier to change into your comfy digs, and then you can start maxin’ and chillaxin’!
Q: Should we match?
A: My fave line from Stacy + Clinton on ‘What not to Wear’ is, “It doesn’t have to match, it just has to GO.” I think this totally applies to matching two outfits together for one shoot (or more than that even for family shoots!) There are soooo many ways to do this, the goal is to just catch something where you each compliment each other that isn’t clashing. Sooo… needless to say, you guys should probably talk about this beforehand and pick out your outfits together. Don’t blindly pack two separate bags and just hope something magic comes together…
ALSO, think about your location… where are you going to be taking these? Choose something that goes with that vibe. For instance, if you’re in the woods traipsing around, maybe don’t wear your prom dress and stick heels. (Since I know you were thinking about wearing that anyway… just go ahead and nix it.)
Briana+Nathan played off of their rustic natural backdrop by keeping their color palette soft and earthy, but still spruced it up enough to give it a dressy vibe. I thought it complimented the setting and each other perfectly!
Q: Are patterns okay to wear?
A: YES! By all means, bring on the funk! Try to stay away from the small, tight patterns that are super busy – those tend to not translate as well with the camera. Big and bold patterns usually work great, so bring on your plaids, florals, stripes, Hawaiian shirts, you name it…. (ok, maybe leave the Hawaiian shirt. Unless you’re totally into that kind of thing, then I might allow it.)
Ryan+Kristin kept their color pallette more neutral but spiced it up by mixing in a few prints together. I LOVE this! They also were shooting in the fall in a woodsy garden area, so we were expecting a lot of poppy colors from the leaves around them. It worked like a charm!
I’m always a sucker for a good patterned blazer and some colored denim, or cords for the fall.
Q: Should I get my hair or make-up done?
A: That is totally up to you. It’s a great chance to practice your wedding make-up if you already have your artist picked out and see how it photographs, but by no means do you have to. You probably won’t want your full on wedding hair done if it’s something elaborate or a fancy schmancy up-do – that would probably be better for a Bridal Session if you choose to add that on with your package. Again though, a great time to practice it and see how it photographs! Also, if you need recommendations for make-up or hair artists, I’d be happy to refer a few!
Q: Do we bring anything with us?
A: If you have something that is specific to you guys or super meaningful to you as a couple, definitely bring it with you! I usually do a “Getting to Know You Kit” with each of my wedding couples, and this is something you’ll each fill out and mail back to me before the engagement session. This is a great way for me to get some insight into who you guys are, and also sparks a lot of creative ideas and suggestions for this kind of thing… we want your session to be ridiculously “YOU”, and this is a perfect way to add one of those small personal touches.
Ann+Matt wanted to do a few pictures with his Navy gear since he’s basically an underwater submarine creature more often than a land-dweller, which I loved. Her dress was the perfect amount of pop to go with it too! They also wanted to incorporate some college pride while making fun of each other’s current obsessions (Matt is SO obsessed with their wedding…). I loved that they just had fun with it! Don’t everybody go bringing coffee mugs on me now though… just an idea!
S T Y L I N G T I D B I T S:
Don’t fear color! A great way to pop some in is with accessories, which is so easy to do with a sassy scarf or some colored denim. And never, EVER underestimate the power of a totally awesome accessory. Bring on the bangles, chunky rings, statement necklaces, hats, you name it.
O T H E R [generally awesome] T I P S :
– BE ON TIME!! I cannot stress how important this is! Being a natural light photographer, we are scheduling your session at a specific time based on this factor so if you’re , running even 15 minutes late that’s cutting into crucial shooting time. And come ready to start shooting, so have your outfit on, hair and make-up done, and kissy-face ready! 😉
-We’ll be doing a couple of close-up ring shots, so if you have time go ahead and polish that baby up! It’s the perfect excuse to get it cleaned anyway… I never get around to doing it!
-Most importantly: BE YOURSELVES. Wear something you’re comfortable and feel good in – if you’ve never worn a tie in your life, don’t start now if it makes you feel weird. Because then you’ll look like you feel weird in your pictures. You feel me?
Hope this helps! The most important thing of all… is that you HAVE FUN. Let your hair down, play kissy face, and just relish in the fact that you are absolutely and totally in love. And you’re gonna look awesome no matter what with your sweet honey by your side.
Can’t wait to make some photo magic with you!
Until next time,