Post # 1
My engagement photo session is coming up in 2 weeks. This will be my first time getting professional photos taken in my adult life. I am unsure of what kind of clothes to wear, how to style my hair, my makeup, and what type of shoes to wear. Please share your photos so I can get an idea on what worked for you 😊 Some things i’m taking into consideration:
-it will probably be hot hot hot that day or raining (Midwest living lol)
-I’m planning on two outfits.
-I’m short at 5’3 and my fiancé is 6’5.
Any tips that made your photo shoot successful? Anything that you wished you would have done beforehand?
Post # 2
- Wedding: October 2019 - Chateau Lake Louise
renee2019 : Wearing solid colors or a very simple print will usually result in the best look. You want to make sure what you’re wearing compliments you, and doesn’t drown you out.
Choose outfits that make you feel good. One more formal and others a little more relaxed give you a nice range of options. If you find a tree branch to sit on, you might not want to do that in a dress; if you have a pair of pants, you could switch up to take advantage of that.
Also, pick good shoes; if you choose any poses that show the height difference, they might end up very much in frame. Make sure they are comfortable; you don’t want to be tromping around in shoes that hurt.
With engagement photos, it’s usually meant to be a reflection of the couple rather than a glamor shot. Wear natural makeup and hair in a style you feel comfortable. Also, since it’ll be hot, remember that humidity might play a role, and you want to be sure your clothes dont make you sweat (as much as possible) and that an elaborate hairstyle might collapse over time.
With the height difference between you and your fiancee I would try to play with that a little. Pictures where he’s lifting you overhead, or where you’re standing on something high enough he has to look up at you would be a cute way of acknowleding the distinction.
My biggest regret is the photographer we hired, rather than any of the things in our control. I do wish I’d pinned more examples of poses I wanted to try, since I was relying on the photographer to suggest poses, which she didn’t really do. If possible, find a photo similar to one that you’d like to display in a prominent location; try to show the photographer what you’d like the end result to look like, and this might help get better outcomes.
Hope this helps!
Post # 3
teamroro : Yes, thank you. That does help a lot. I haven’t been looking at engagement photo poses so that is new information for me!
Post # 4
renee2019 : I did my makeup trial (for wedding) on the day we took our engagement pics. I was so glad I did that! I think my professional makeup really made a difference!
Post # 5
We just did ours this weekend. It was a garden setting (Michigan so it was hot and humid) and honestly we didn’t put too much thought into it. I don’t like my fiancée outfit , for example, but I’m happy about what I wore. My dress has a floral print but because the background was always green or flowers, I think it worked well. I did airbrush makeup on myself with The luminess system I got on hsn, and it photographed beautifully. My shoes were really high and my feet were killing me after two hours but overall I think it’s worth it. I would have liked an outfit change but I think that can be difficult logistically. The only thing I’d change is my husbands outfit lol and I’d give myself more time to get my hair right because it ended up being kinda poofy and not smooth looking. I actually was surprised at how much fun I had and how relaxed I felt. I usually get super nervous in front of the camera and I think I’m not photogenic but I felt really calm having my fiancée w me and it was very enjoyable.
Post # 6
- Wedding: November 2019 - City, State
Congratulations! For my first engagement I watched lots of makeup tutorials beforehand and practiced them until I was happy with it. Definitely did my makeup darker than usual because it doesnt show up in pictures as easily (my makeup looked really dark in person but in photos it looked great). I had a casual and a dressy outfit. I dont have many photos left but here is the guestbook I’d made with those pics so you can see some pose examples too!
Post # 7
We did our engagement pics at a place that had meaning for both D.H. and me. I feel that made it special, and it made us more comfortable. I would try to do at least two outfits. I wore a more casual outfit (cute top and denim shorts) and a dressier look (a dress and boots). D.H. had a more casual and more dressy outfit too. Plan for the weather. If it’s going to be hot, maybe put on some sunscreen, if there’s a possibility of rain you can bring an umbrella (which might make for some cute poses!). Your photographer should have a good idea for what to do as far as poses, how to position you with the sun, and the time of day to take pics.
Post # 8
- Wedding: December 2016 - Presidio Log Cabin
If you end up with rain, get a big clear bubble umbrella (they are pretty cheap on amazon) – we actually love our outdoor rainy pics!
Post # 9
- Wedding: August 2018 - Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
I did my makeup trial the day of my engagement photos so I killed two birds in one stone! I highly recommend doing that. I loved the idea of formalwear juxtaposed with the rugged terrain, but hiking up those rocks in what we were wearing was NOT easy. I loved the way our photos turned out, but our photographer has a more photojournalistic/ magazine style so looking back I wish I told him to get a few more close ups shots.
We don’t get much rain in SoCal but I am from the east coast and used to live in the Chicago area so I know how tempermental weather can be. Fingers crossed you get a gorgeous day!
Post # 10
renee2019 : It was 90 degrees when we had our engagement shoot, so I know the hot hot hot feeling lol. We were a bit sweaty (FI especially was) but you can’t tell in the photos at all! I debated for a while on what to do with my hair because it’s so stick straight and boring. I thought about curling it to add some waves, but in the end I decided to keep it how it naturally is. I didn’t want to worry about it not turning out right the day of, or the curls falling flat and looking strange, and I’m really glad I chose to keep it natural. For my makeup I did put on more than I would normally wear, but I didn’t want to overdue it. I kind of wish I would have done more lol. For the outfits we decided to do one dressed up and one casual. We made sure our colors coordinated and that we didn’t have clashing patterns, and I think our outfits really reflected who we are well. We weren’t going to dress over the top or have a corny theme because that’s just not us.
Post # 11
We did our pictures this summer. It was so hot but you really can’t tell!! We dressed up for both outfits because neither of us really like casual summer outfits lol. We just went with neutral colors. I did my own makeup- just went heavier than usual and used fake lashes and setting spray.
Post # 12
renee2019 : It is good to have a handful of pics that you like to show your photographer. That way you can make sure you get that pose or background you wanted.
Other than that, your photographer should pretty much direct you how to stand and pose. But have fun with it! Be silly and who cares if people are watching – it is going to make for some amazing photos.
Dress comfortable, cute, but comfortable! I went with a plain black dress that i already had and some heels. Then i bought a more fun/whimsacle dress. I put SO in a nice long sleeve button up shirt and then a long sleeve casual shirt. I let him choose his own shoes, since that is his thing haha
Post # 13
opalbee : Your pics are stunning!
Post # 14
Definitely wear clothes that are comfortable and make you feel good! Solid colors are always great, and make sure it doesn’t wash you out or blend in with your planned photo location (like don’t wear green in a park with lots of green trees and grass). And comfortable shoes, too! I did my own hair and makeup, and I was pleased with how it turned out. If you do your own makeup, I’d recommend practicing a few times, and go a little heavier than you normally would, and allow yourself plenty of time to do it. Best thing I did for my makeup was get a setting spray to keep it from melting off my face in the hot Florida sun lol (we had ours in July)!
Trust your photographer for posing, and be natural with each other. My favorite photos from our engagement sessions are the ones where we were just interacting normally with each other and having fun! Don’t stress too much about it, and remember, the point of an engagement session is to get comfortable in front of the camera before your wedding day 🙂
Post # 15
L606 : thanks! I love yours!