Tips for Engagement Shoots

“On the best day of your lives - your first day as one - you deserve memories that shine forever.” ALAN WATTS

The Outfit

1. Dress it Up: We officially give you permission to look HOT! Dress up and wear that fabulous black dress you've always wanted to take out on the town. We love cocktail dresses, refined suits, great heels, and tailored outfits. Black is always a great option for photos - it's slimming, polished, and elegant. For a lighter feel, neutral grays and tans look wonderful as well as light pastels like blue and sage (pick colors that work well with your skin, hair, & eyes). A classy dress and a tailored suit look great anywhere we go!

2. Keep it Simple: For ladies - pick a great solid colored dress, add a fun accessory like a chunky necklace or stylish earrings, then pair with some great heels. For gentlemen - pick a suit that is tailored to fit you well (or a nice pair of dark jeans) and pair with a collared shirt in your favorite color and add a watch, pair of shoes, or a tie that you love.

3. Get it Tailored: Pick outfits that fit and flatter your figure. Show off your best features (legs, arms, shoulders, abs, curves, etc.) and make sure that any dresses, jackets, slacks, or collared shirts have been tailored to fit both of you well. The better your clothes fit, the more gorgeous you'll look! 

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Make Up

1. Hold a run-through with your makeup artist. This is the perfect opportunity to get to know your artist for the wedding day and hold a mini practice session. They will know exactly how to prep your skin and eyes for natural light photography. If you need recommendations for makeup artists in your area, let us know and we'll help you out!

2. Have your hair blown out or styled for the session. Avoid fly-aways with a good shine serum and bring along a brush for mid-shoot touch-ups.

3. If you'd like to do your own makeup, pay attention to your eyes! Eyeliner and good mascara are a must! Take extra care on your mascara and really separate your lashes. Your eyes will be the most important factor in many of your images, so spend extra time making them look beautiful!  Also, natural color tones (browns, tans, pinks) tend to look flattering on most skin tones.

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We recommend one outfit for most of our shoots so we can spend our time getting great photos! If you would like to wear an additional outfit, it will have an impact on the amount of time that we are able to spend shooting, so narrow things down as much as you can! Make sure it’s something that can be easily changed into at our chosen location (think back seat of a car…)


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