Tuesday, 20 January 2015

What to wear for your Engagement Portrait Session

Now I'm not a fashion expert, (just ask my girlfriend) but I'm going to give you my tips on what to wear for your engagement portrait session.

Firstly we need to address the basics, you want to wear something that you feel comfortable wearing and also something that will help convey your personality through the images we produce.

I want you to be yourself and the best way to do this is for you to feel comfortable in what you are wearing, you don't need to put on a show for anyone!

The second thing I'd like you to consider is the season; the time of year, even the day in question, if it's snowing please don't arrive in shorts and a t-shirt, that will just look ridiculous and we'll probably have to cut the session short due to frost bite!

If it's a beautiful sunny day, please bring shorts, a nice summery dress and casual shirts, if that's what you feel comfortable in then we’ll make it work.

Thirdly, Dress to impress, I like my couples to bring at least 2 outfits for their engagement sessions.
One casual outfit that you can arrive wearing and get comfortable in front of the camera in, then when you're relaxed you can change into your smarter attire for some more formal portrait ideas.

Number 4: Bring an item of clothing that means something to you; If there’s a special jumper you always wear when he's away, or that special shirt she bought you for your birthday, any items you have some emotional attachment to then please bring it along.

They'll be appreciated by both of you and we’ll be able to incorporate these items into your portrait session and they will be saved in your memories for years to come.

Number 5: Spoil yourselves a little
This is your first chance for professional pictures of the both of you together as an engaged couple, it's always a nice touch to get your hair and make up done professionally too!

And if he needs a trim, remember it’s as much his celebration as it is yours!

Number 6: Co-ordinate with each other, it’s going to look really weird if he’s wearing a tux and you’re wearing your summer dress, obviously you shouldn’t dress exactly the same either.

It’s often when a couple is wearing similar/matching colours it helps to depict the special connection between the two of you.

Number 7: Use your location - make it relevant
Similar to number 6 – coordinate with your location as well, when deciding on your outfits think about the style and colours of your location.
I will be able to help you out prior to the day – I’m just a phone call away!

Number 8: Layers and Accessories

Giving you choice as well as flexibility – if you’re deciding on an outfit with bare arms that is great, but think about a cardigan or a wrap that matches with your outfit for when it gets a little colder. 

Number 9: Don't wear big logos or clothing with writing on - loud clothes can often detract attention from yourselves and we want to avoid this as much as possible.

Number 10: Remember to launder and iron your clothes - Even photoshop won't get rid of those wrinkles.

Bonus - Tips
1)   Don't get a spray on tan right before your session
2)   Get your nails done too!
3)   Bring Props - I love including items that as especially thing that are meaningful to you, your pets, an instrument you play, an item from your hobby, or something significant to your story, how you met or how they proposed

Oh Yeah, talking about things we want you to bring,
YOUR RING and the box your ring came in.

Jamil Teja

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