Now that the BIG question has been asked (and answered) it’s time to present yourselves to the world. Engagement photos are the perfect way to show friends and family what kind of team you and your mate are. It also provides you with memories that can be looked back on at anytime. Farrah’s Photography is here to help you in what might seem to be an endless sea of do’s and don’ts.
First, decide what style of photos you’d like to have represent you and your soon-to-be. Finding inspiration on Pintrest or Google is a good starter, but thinking deeper into your relationship and deciding together is a great way to break out of the norm. Trendy, photojournalistic, or maybe a mixture of both, communicating with your photographer will help him or her plan out your session so that you can get the most out of your experience. Next, think about what you and your partner will wear. I know this is the part where I’m supposed to say “he wears a suit and tie and she’s in a flowy dress with three inch heals”, but I’m gonna save you from that by saying: wear what you’re comfortable in. These are YOUR engagement photos. That means you get to be you. Easy right?
There are, however, a few things to keep in mind. Your photographer may ask you two to sit on the ground or maybe in a swing, so wear something that will be okay if it gets dirty, especially if doing an outside shoot. Try to avoid black, the universal go-to color. Black has a tendency to show every foreign object (lint, dirt, pet hair…for those with four-legged family members, etc.) stubbornly clinging to it. Wear colors that compliment each other, such as navy and coral. Accenting with pops of color can coordinate the outfits together without making them exactly the same. Distributing the color accents throughout the outfits will keep the focus of the picture on broad spectrum. Doing an outfit change can add variety to photos, but cuts into session time. Limit yourself to two, no more than three, outfits.
*On a side note, keep in mind that wearing a short dress can limit the number of poses you’re able to do. If your heart is set on a dress, select one that will fall knee length or lower. Then, schedule your shoot. The best times for outside photos are dawn and dusk. Be sure you choose a photographer who will take time to get to know you and your preferred style. Being comfortable with your photographer helps your personality and love for each other to show in the photographs.