Today on the blog, I want to share some of the BEST tips and tricks from industry professionals to help you look + feel amazing for engagement pictures! The following simple tips have been picked up from years of styling and shooting with amazing and beautifully diverse couples. For most couples, planning out the perfect engagement outfits may seem a little daunting, however, after following my fool-proof styling tips, you two will be more than camera ready!
- While Pinterest and Instagram are both amazing inspiration tools (as you will find out), please DO NOT substitute your personal style for someone else's. Think about your go-to date night outfits or colors and cuts which flatter your natural beauty! Sometimes the perfect engagement session outfit is already in your closet and will make the perfect ensemble when paired with elegant accessories!
Create a Vision Board.
- After you have assessed your personal styles, create a vision board. Pinterest and Instagram can be your best friends when creating your engagement session vision. Spend a while scrolling through and saving outfits and inspirational color pallet images which you would like reflected in your own engagement portraits. And don't forget to “share” all the lovely inspiration with your photographer!
Location + Timing.
- Keep in mind your shoot location + timing. When booking an engagement session with JGP, we will chat about locations which tell your love story and reflect your personal style. The possibilities are endless!! Meaningful locations will make your engagement session feel like a romantic date and help you two relax and truly enjoy!! I always encourage couples to think of the memories you will make, not just the portraits we will take. The best locations can be your favorite local coffee shop, winery, or even state park. Authenticity breaths beauty into your portraits and any location can be tailored to fit your vision. Lastly, ideally you want to plan your engagements around ideal light, some busier locations may be busy in the evenings - so take into consideration a sunrise or morning session to avoid shooting around others!