HOW MANY OUTFITS? Most often, my couples like to have one casual (think: date night) and then one outfit that is dressy. This will give your shoot two totally different “looks.” I recommend beginning with the more casual outfit first, so by the time the sun sets, you are in your best dress with the best light.
PROFESSIONAL HAIR & MAKEUP: Ladies, I highly recommend doing your hair and makeup (even professionally) before your engagement session! This will not only ease the stress of you having to do it yourself, but you’ll get to see what the hair and makeup you want for your big day may actually look like in photos. If you aren’t doing a bridal session, use the engagement session as your trial hair and makeup run. Win-Win!
CHOOSING COLORS: When choosing colors for your outfits, I recommend selecting lighter tones and more muted shades. Avoiding ultra-bright, bold colors will help bring all the attention to your face and let the eye focus on how you feel about each other. Soft pinks, muted blues, and light neutrals like heather gray, creams, leather brown, and white all work wonderfully.
SKIP CASUAL CLOTHES: I know flip flops and graphic tees are *perfect* for everyday wear, but especially for the guys, long pants and closed-toe shoes look most masculine and photograph wonderfully! Trust me, it’s just for one hour… then you can go back to your most comfortable attire. Instead…
DRESS IT UP: Have you ever wanted to rock a sequin dress or a long flowy maxi dress? Maybe you’ve dreamed of wearing a floral crown or wearing a tulle skirt. This is your chance! Ladies, especially for your dressy outfit, I typically recommend a long, flowy A-line dress that cinches at the waist. This is typically most flattering on all body types! For the guys, opt for a suit or nice pants and a suit jacket with a button-down for your fancy outfit.
FLATTER YOUR FEATURES: Ladies, remember which features you want to flatter and which features you want to hide when picking outfits! For example, if you want to hide your arms, choose a top with sleeves and skip the spaghetti straps. If you want to minimize your bust, choose a dress with a higher neckline and skip the strapless dress. If you opt for a low-cut dress, it will minimize the number of angles I can shoot.
SKIP THE SPRAY TAN: Even though it seems counterintuitive, I HIGHLY recommend skipping a spray tan altogether, even if it’s a few days out from your session. Spray tans tend to photograph more orange than they appear and will make you appear more orange than tan! Please trust me with this!