INFO + QUICK TIPS
We absolutely love engagement sessions. For us, it's a chance to help you feel comfortable in front of a camera and, most importantly, an opportunity to hang out and simply get to know you. We get a lot of questions regarding what to wear and ideal locations, so we've put together a handy little tip list for you as you get ready for your engagement session!
It can be a little overwhelming when faced with picking just one of so many gorgeous and meaningful locales at your disposal. If you're feeling a little lost, we suggest starting with places that feel particularly special. Where was your first date? Is there a favorite park you visit for walks or picnics? Where did the proposal take place? Sharing your story will help us capture it as genuinely as possible, factoring in locations and landmarks that already bring you joy.
Another option, too often overlooked, is to photograph the engagement session in the comfort of your own home. You'll be the most photo-ready when you're feeling relaxed—and what's more laidback and cozy than home? These lifestyle sessions offer a more intimate glimpse into the life you already share together in the most natural way possible.
In terms of clothing, your comfort is the most important factor. You're welcome to prepare as many outfit changes as you'd like, and feel free to go for variety: perhaps something more casual to start as well as a dressier option. Our favorite photos have often involved outfits that you actually like to wear day to day, like your favorite pair of jeans and some lived-in boots. When you feel like yourself, you smile like yourself.
That being said, there are a few things to avoid when picking out your looks:
- Loud prints / tons of bright colors: Too much visual variation can be distracting and steal attention from the most important part of any photo—the two of you. Generally, slightly muted colors and subtle prints or plaids look better on camera, but one or two accent colors that pop are just fine.
- Very thin stripes: If a print is too tiny or light, it can appear untrue to form on camera, creating what we like to call an odd "buzzing" effect
- Neon colors: Although they appear fine on computer screens, they're not as print-friendly as most color inks don't do them justice. As a result, these hues lose tonal details and flatten out.
- Oversized tops / ill-fitting clothing: In person, it's easy to discern the shape of your body beneath excess fabric, but in two-dimensional photographs, oversized clothing runs the risk of looking bulky. Loose, flowing skirts, however, are an exception to the rule!
It can help to lay your outfits out side by side to ensure the colors complement each other. Of course, maintaining similar degrees of formality helps too—having one of you in an evening dress and the other in jeans might look a bit strange. :)
HAIR + MAKEUP
If you haven't had it yet, your engagement session is the perfect time to schedule your hair and makeup trial with your chosen artist! Something to note: makeup artists often opt for the "dewy" look or add a lot of shimmer which looks really nice in person, but can translate to oily or too shiny in photos. The more matte, the better skin looks on camera. Makeup always looks more understated on camera than in person, so if you feel like your eye makeup is a little too heavy, it's probably just right!
Looser, fuller hair and updos with a little extra volume tend to photograph much more flatteringly than tightly pulled-back styles.