Engagement photo sessions are usually the first time we will be working together, and sometimes it’s also the first time you and your fiance will have professional photos taken together. That can be super-exciting….but it can also make brides and grooms a little nervous because you don’t know what to expect, or what to wear!
I can’t tell you how many times couples have arrived at photo sessions, and they’ve confessed how nervous they are. But, by the time we’re in the middle of the session, they say how easy it is and how much fun they’re having! We really try our best to make it a fun, relaxed photo session where couples can be themselves. That’s the sweet spot where we get great photos of you, who you are as an individual and also as a couple.
Engagement photo shoots help us build up our relationship before the wedding day. We also often find that couples are more relaxed about photos when the wedding day arrives because they’ve already worked with us at their engagement photo shoot. You are more relaxed in front of our cameras, and you know what to expect.
What to wear and where to go
1. Choose comfortable clothes: If you’re not comfortable, it will be noticeable in the pictures. Also, wear comfortable shoes if your location will include a lot of walking. But don’t wear tennis shoes! More like choose to wear cute flats or boots with a low heel rather than 4-inch stilettos.
2. Choose clothing that compliments your personality: Make sure your clothes look like “you” and fit your personality.
3. Coordinate your clothing with each other: Wear clothes that are the same level of “dressyness,” and wear similar shades that compliment each other. Choose clothes that look best on you. For example, in the winter, the following colors look great together: navy, gray, maroon, cream/khaki. In the summer, the following colors look great together: white, cream/khaki, light blue.
4. Choose clothes to compliment your location: If you are taking pictures in a field or the mountains, consider clothes with more natural colors. And if you are taking pictures in a downtown area, you might consider more urban clothes with bolder colors. However, I'd suggest staying away from overly bright and neon colors, as they can reflect onto your skin tone, and create unwanted color casts!
5.Choose colors that compliment your skin tone: For example, if you have light skin, white clothing can wash out your complexion in photographs. If you have jet black hair, a navy shirt or jacket may be too dark, and wont provide the needed contrast to show off those beautiful locks!
6. Guys (T-shirts and tennis shoes): This includes white t-shirts under button-up dress shirts with the top buttons undone. You don’t want a little white t-shirt peeking out above your nice dress shirt.
Also, for guys, it’s usually better to wear a belt if you are wearing a nice button-up shirt. more often than not, un-tucked shirts read as too big or too wide on camera. Fitted and tucked in shirts and jackets look much better, and will give you a timeless silhouette, you'll love in camera!
1. Remember, the goal of the engagement session is to get to know each other better before the wedding day! Be sure to pick a place that suits you two individually, and as a couple. I find it helpful to choose something you’re drawn to. Coffee lovers? Find a coffee shop that has tall windows on two sides of the building for you to cuddle near. Homebodies? Consider an in-home session showing you cooking a meal together. Love the water? There are so many small coastal towns here in Maryland with plenty of stunning backdrops.
2. If you are stuck and looking for Inspiration, here are a few of my favorite spots within a 2hr drive from Baltimore!
- St. Michael's, MD
- Downtown Annapolis
- Quiet Waters Park
- Cherry Blossoms, Washington DC
- Baltimore Museum of Art
3. I am always looking to explore more places! If there is any place you have in mind, no matter how far, let me know, and we will make it happen!