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Engagement Photos Part 2 - What to Wear

Congratulations on your engagement! In case you missed it, here is part one of the series. It deals with posing tips and how to make the best of your time in front of the camera! For location ideas, go here

Now, are you ready to start thinking about things that have never occurred to you before? Like what to wear for photos? Is this necklace the right one for the photo? Should I get my hair trimmed?

While I'm rooting for you to make it through the engagement and wedding planning process with as little stress as possible, I know it can be tough at times.

I hear you. I'm here to help. 

Let’s eliminate some of the guesswork by going over common dos and don’ts I see every day with my engagement sessions.

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Engagement Photos Do's and Don'ts for Women

Do get a well-fitting bra, and find those undies that fit just right and make you feel like a million bucks. They’ll be worth it! In a pinch, you can always run to Target; they have bra extenders that will help if it’s a little snug around the torso. If you're wearing a dress, Nordstrom sells Spanks, you know, those miracle body molding things you wear under dresses - They are life-savers! 

Do avoid too-tight clothes in general, or clothes that aren’t suited to your body type. If you have an area of your body that you’re insecure about, then be sure to wear something that is flattering to that area. For example, I carry a little extra weight around my arms, so I always make sure to wear either no sleeves (cause to heck with it!) or half sleeves if it's cold because it's the most flattering. 

Do treat yo-self and get your hair and make up done before photos. Many brides like to use this as their trial run with their hair + makeup artists before the wedding day. Have your hair professionally styled as you would style it yourself any given day you’d like to look extra, extra nice. Not only will this help the photo be more polished, but it will also mean that you’ll look like you - a really polished you. 

Do get your nails done for really awesome up close shots of you and your love.

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Engagement Photos Dos and Don’ts for Men

Do dress up. Or, more importantly, match the level of dressed-up-ness (although a made up word, you get it) of your soon-to-be-spouse.

Do wear a suit jacket, slacks or jeans, a button up shirt, and nice shoes.  

Do leave the sneakers at home with the cargo shorts (unless you’ve both decided on a super casual shoot, and then we can talk particulars to make sure you have the best possible images).

Do not wear a polo shirt. By the end of the engagement photos, it will be stretched out and out of shape. Trust me on that one.

Do wear a t-shirt if you’re planning on dressing it up with slacks, a vest, and dress shoes.

Do remember that the most important thing you can do in a photo session is make sure your significant other feels supported, loved, sexy, and fabulous! You have a very important role in creating images that will last your lifetime plus. Help make it a memorable and enjoyable experience for you both.

Do remember that I'm not there to make men look cheesy, only extra handsome! 

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Clothing Coordination

Try not to match, but rather coordinate. Choose colors that belong together, not the same shade of the same color. The problem with same colors is that they blend together and then instead of two gorgeous people, you’re left wondering whose sleeve that is over there in that part of the photo, or whose arm is that right there.

Engagement photo sessions with me mean that you have time for two outfit changes. So, if you’re ever feeling unsure about your choices, bring several outfits with you and I’ll help!

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Accessories & Layering

If it’s cold outside, then it’s time for layers. We’re at an advantage in the Pensacola area because it’s rarely ever freezing cold. So, we have options for cold weather that are still camera-friendly.

A long-sleeve shirt with a vest, a scarf, with some tights and a midi skirt and heels would be a good option for the ladies. Men, you should be set with a suit jacket, slacks or jeans, and a button up shirt.

If it’s super hot, then think flowy. A cool, flowy dress can be dressed up with a belt, hat, necklaces, bracelets, and heels. For men, maybe wearing a hat with a t-shirt, vest, bowtie, slacks, and dress shoes might be a better solution.

No matter the temperature outside, accessories are your friend. Watches, scarves, hats, necklaces, thick bracelet bands …

Each of these items adds depth to a photo. They add a point of interest by adding detail.

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Clothes with patterns are often unnecessarily avoided in photo sessions, but they really shouldn't be!

Do stay away from patterns that are really small because they can really mess with an image, creating something called Moire. Not cute and hard to fix! 

Don’t be afraid to mix patterns and textures. For example, if you have a flowery top that you’d like to pair with a lacy scarf, that’s perfect. It adds depth to your photos in a way that you might not be able to point to, but that your eye will appreciate anyway.

My top suggestions if you're going shopping are Lulus, Ivy City Co, and Show me your Mumu. Hope this helps and as always, hit me up with your questions!