Recently I started including an engagement shoot with all of my wedding packages which was confusing for some of my brides, so I wanted to take this opportunity to explain a little more about why it’s so important to do an engagement shoot, and a couple of tips to help you feel CONFIDENT on the day of.
Engagement shoots are a great opportunity to spend some quality time, not only with your soon to be spouse, but also with your photographer before the big day. Doing a shoot before the wedding gives you, the bride (or groom!), an opportunity to get a feel for the way you guys are going to work together and should give you a sense of whether or not you really want this person to be an integral part of your wedding day.
It can also give the photographer some cues about what you like and dislike, and things that they should be sensitive of to make sure YOU like the way your photos are coming out. For example, if a bride to be is a little sensitive about the way her arms look, it gives me a chance to work with her ahead of time and find poses that will make her feel great about the way that she looks in her photos. Other times, it lets me know that a couple prefers either more or less direction during their photo shoot. One couple I worked with recently were completely comfortable and spent the shoot completely wrapped up in one another, so minimal direction was perfect for them, while others aren’t used to being in front of the camera and need a little more direction to get them started.
A couple of tips for what to wear to your shoot:
1. I like to recommend bringing one more formal outfit, and one more casual one for the regular length shoot, and starting in the more formal of the two.
2. You can go as formal as you like, sometimes really formal is a good idea, sometimes not so formal fits you better, go with whatever you’re most comfortable with. It’s a good idea to think about how formal each of your outfits are and keep them on a similar level (for example, if you’re wearing a cocktail dress, your fiance probably shouldn’t wear shorts).
3. Cream and beige colors are great for the fall season, as are grays, whites, deep reds and navy colors. If you want to add something bright, a brightly colored scarf or jewelry can add a nice pop of color and can be taken off or added to some shots. It’s a good idea not to wear the exact same colors, but to wear colors in the same color family, so cool tones (blues, whites, beiges and grays) or warm colors (creams, reds, tans).
4. Simple, solid colors tend to look nicer in photos than patterns, and large patterns like plaid work better than smaller ones like checked shirts. If one person is wearing plaid/ patterns, it is better for the other person to wear something more neutral.
Most importantly, these are just suggestions, so don’t stress too much about what you’re going to wear. In the end, confidence translates on camera, so if you feel great in what you’re wearing, you’ll look great too.