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Engagement Photo Tips & Tricks

August 31st, 2012

We often get questions about what to wear for engagement sessions, couples want to show their personal style through these spectacular photos that will be used for their save the dates and framed in their homes forever. So I thought I’d do a little research and after reading many photographer’s advice on the topic there are a few things that just about all of them had in common.

Here are some tips to make sure your engagement photos will be a hit!

  • Keep it simple- If you’re anything like me your mind will immediately go to your most FUN outfit, you know the funky print dress with the sky high heels you just bought? STOP! You have to remember that these photos will be around FOREVER. Try to avoid being too trendy. You do not want to look back at these photos and cringe…. (Remember your mom’s bad 80’s hair and shoulder pads…) Keeping it classic  is in my opinion the best way to go.
  • Keep the LOCATION of your photo session in mind. Almost like a theme. A black cocktail dress might look great in a modern setting, but you will look out of place in a rustic field. Bright colors look great in a modern or urban backdrop, while more pale pastels and soft tones look beautiful in a more rural setting.
  • COORDINATE! It sounds so simple, and it is! Create an actual vision for your photos, wear colors that complement one another (time to pull out that old color wheel!) Play with color, Orange and Purple go surprisingly well together, as do Yellow and Blue. It is also a good idea to wear different shades of the same hue.
  • Play with accessories! – Adding a fun clutch that is the same color as your fiancés shirt or having him wear a tie that matches your shoes is a fun way to incorporate styles and colors without looking too “matchy matchy”.
  • CLEAN SILOUHETTES!!!- I can not say this enough. How many times have you worn that flowy, comfortable, loose fitting dress that makes you look fabulous, and then you take a photo and you look larger than you are?? These dresses look fantastic in person, but they do not photograph well, same goes for  flowy tops.
  • This is not the time to try a new hair style or put on pounds of make up. You want to look like yourself in these photos.
  • Involve Props. Balloons, books, paintbrushes whatever you like have fun with it!

Hopefully these tips will help you to take gorgeous engagement photos that everyone in your family will want to keep framed in their homes!


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