(Closed) Engagement pictures today!!! Tips? Advice? Lessons learned??

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Post # 3
5001 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Stand up straight and have fun! 

Post # 4
1408 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@FutureMrsMK:  Wear your makeup a little heavier than you normally would!! My good friend is a makeup artist & told me this. I felt like I looked a little silly but the pictures were flawless.

Post # 5
3823 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Pretend like the camera isn’t there and just think about how much you love each other and how excited you are.

Post # 6
12 posts
  • Wedding: July 2013

We had our pictures a few weeks ago and here is some of my advice:

Clothing – wear outfits YOU are comfortable in and fits who YOU are – if the two of you are not super-formal don’t worry about suiting it up or wearing a fancy dress.  Our pictures ended up being casual – He was in jeans and a button-down shirt (one he was comfortable in!) and I was in a nice peasant blouse type of shirt and nice capris.  This allowed for sitting on the ground, not worrying about a skirt/dress hiking up, etc. If you are comfortable in a dress, then go for it!  If he likes a tie – wear it.  BE YOURSELVES!  If you are over the top, your shots will be more of strangers.  

Shoes – I had on flats/sandals.  I had debated on wedges or a heel type but after climbing on some rocks for a few pictures and around the grassy field area (we were in a park too!), i was so grateful for my flat shoes.  He wore some black dress shoes but they were more casual than formal.  It worked for walking too from each area — if you MUST wear the high heels, at least bring some flats or comfortable shoes to walk around in on various surfaces(concrete, gravel, grass, etc.) between takes.  Your heels and feet will thank you later when they are blister free and not hurting.

Make-up/Hair — follow the advice of what others are saying – go a little heavier and ask your photographer what they recommend for other clients.  I usually wear little to NONE so it felt a little foreign to wear heavier, but the proofs definitely show that it was worth it and I looked :flawless:

Hair – this is not the time to try out something crazy.  Remember to wear a style you can pull together and will survive the elements.  There may be some wind and you may have some movement and action.  Hairspray and anything like a smoothing serum will help with outdoor humidity, etc.

PROPS – this sounds crazy but have fun with this!  We took some Scrabble tiles to spell out LOVE (my ring was the “O”), our last name, etc.  He is a drummer and our first meeting AND engagement revolve around him playing so we had his snare and high hat set up in a field – it was unique and fun for us!  We also used a lantern which will be used in our centerpiece on the reception tables to “tie-in” the wedding theme.  Our photographer had some “chalkboards” and we had our wedding date.  I also brought along a scarf and we had sunglasses which our photographer ended up using in our shots and ended up being a unique look we didn’t expect.  If you have something that hints to a first meeting- coffee first date? picnic or wine tasting? use coffee cups (a la Starbucks) or wine glasses/wine bottle.  Since you are in the park- think about it being a “date” and have fun holding hands, cozying up, etc.

sorry for the LONG post but i understand the anxiety – and there are SO many posts and articles out there your head may spin.  Like everyone else said, just have fun together and forget the camera as much as you can — the goofing off and “in-between” fun you have may be your BEST shots…they were ours!  ENJOY the day in the park!


Post # 7
1084 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Forget the camera is there. Don’t try and pose too much, just have fun with your Fiance and let the photographer capture the magic between you!

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