I’m pretty sure you started your Pinterest since you are engaged. Or maybe you started even before that? Do you ever wonder how other couples get gorgeous images from their engagement photoshoot? or “Wow” her outfit is perfect! Here are some tips and recommendations I gathered from my experience as a Boston wedding photographer.
Finding a RIGHT wedding photographer should be on top of your list, not the most affordable photographer. Why? Because you need a wedding photographer who has same vision as you. Who can capture the genuine moments that reflect you and your love for each other. Not all photographers equally have same style in shooting and same style to work with couples. You need a wedding photographer who work with couples all the time. A photographers who can capture your spirit.
Now you may ask how do I know who is the right wedding photographer for me? Well, you will know it when you talk to the right one. You will feel you are comfortable talking to her/him when you first started chatting. You feel you will be in good hands and put your trust in her/him for your wedding day because it is a big deal. She or he makes you feel like you could be friends with each other and carry on fun conversation easily and be yourself. You will be relaxed and put your guard down in front of this right photographer. Here you go, she or he will easily capture you who are.
The engagement photoshoot is also served as trial between you and your wedding photographer beside getting your save the date photos done. You get to experience ahead how it would be in front of camera. At same time, you learn about your wedding photographer’s working style. In this fashion, you will know what to expect on your wedding day and reduce the stress, especially for the ones who worry about photoshoot portion of it. I have wrote a blog about what’s the benefit of having an engagement photoshoot. Please check out “Say Yes or No to Engagement Session”.
I have heard from a few brides after they viewed their engagement photos ” Q, you did an amazing job photographing, but I just don’t like how I look, my hair and my outfit. I wish I planned better.” ” I was so busy and just put outfit together from my closet “
Listen brides, you will get your engagement photoshoot done only once. GET IT DONE RIGHT WITHOUT ANY REGRETS!
A. I urge you to plan your outfit ahead to avoid unexpected busy schedule. It will give yourself time to shop if you need to.
B. Always plan two outfits. No. #1 option would be a long flowy dress with lots of volume at bottom. It doesn’t matter if you will have your engagement session on the beach, in a open field or on mountain top, it allows the breeze to pick up your dress, flow in the air and create a very soft, romantic look.
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C. Your outfit choices will depend on the location choice. Because you want to stand out from the environment. Please check out stylecraze.com for complimentary colors. I found it very helpful. It even tell you about what color palette is best for your skin tone.
D. Get your hair and makeup done professionally. It would be great if you schedule your hair and makeup trial on the day of your engagement session.
Are you a downtown chic fashionesta? Sport a cute outfit with a pair of amazing heels? YES, that’s what I’m talking about! However, watch out for outfit colors depending on where you are going for your engagement session.
Let’s say you are going to have your engagement session at iconic Beacon Hill in downtown Boston. I have couple of suggestions as a Boston photographer who have photographed engagement session at same spot. I’m sure you probably noticed too but it never occur to you how it will affect your photo. The red orangish brick wall and sidewalk are definitely iconic in historic Beacon Hill area. They do have very attractive distinct look to them. However, You wouldn’t want to wear in red or similar color because you will blend in with the street. Instead, go with solid complimentary colors or neutral color outfit. Why solid colors? Because the environment is already busy enough with all different elements in it. Again, we don’t want you to blend it. Also the solid color outfit helps to break the overall red tone in your photo.
Also, don’t forget about the season when you are considering your outfit colors. The color of environment changes and also your skin tone changes. The summer is full of greenery everywhere. So maybe tone down the greens by wearing lighter in colors, such as a dress in cream color with little floral pattern that’s not too distracting. The winter is dull in nature. Then it’s time to sport some bold red colors.
Even with guidance, it is still challenging sometimes to combine different colors that works right. We don’t want to walk out like a clown, do we? So here is the tip. If you are not 100% sure what color to wear, then go with neutral colors always work in different types of environment.
Check out 2019 outfit color trend on The Trend Spotter.
If I need to keep it simple, it would be:
ALWAY HAVE A FLOWY DRESS AS ONE OPTION
KEEP COLORS SIMPLE
AVOID PLAID SHIRT OR ANY DISTRACTIVE PATTERNS
AVOID BRIGHT COLORS
I alway suggest couples to think about the locations that’s truly meaningful to both of them. There are many possibilities here. It could be where the first date was, or where he proposed. For the local Bostonian, Does Boston Garden ring a bell? A very popular spot for proposal. Or Maybe a favorite place to hang out on your spare time, such as a coffee shop in town. A common hobby would be fun, too. Or somewhere is sentimental from childhood.
If non of places pops in your mind, we still have plenty locations to choose from. Take you pick from beach, park, downtown, take a hike to mountain top, open field. You name it.
A. Alway prepare at least two sets of outfit. In case of spilling coffee accident or falling in water accident, you will have backup.
B. If you are going for a long walk to reach destination or for a hike, wear your sneakers and bring your heels. Don’t forget about water.
C. Bring bug spray or wipes if you are going to nature for your engagement session.
D. Bring your makeup kit with you for touch up, especially blotting paper or powder and lipstick.
E. Bring Lint roller. You have no idea how important it is, especially if you are going to wear black.
You might worry about a facial birth mark you despise all your life. Maybe you are like most of women, have a good side for photos? You might already cracked the code by doing selfies all these years. Or maybe you don’t like how your chin or your arm looks? Believe it or not, it’s very common concerns. So make sure you mention to your photographer. The experienced photographers know how to guide you and minimize these concerns.
Here comes the responsibility of my job, giving you the best images you could ever wish for from your engagement photoshoot. And the secret to achieve that is lighting. Lighting is one of the most important element to create beautiful images. We want that crisp, clean light reflect on you.
First, cross your finger and pray for a good weather. That’s God’ work.
Second, I usually arrangement your engagement photoshoot within golden hour. What’s golden hour? That’s the question my 7 year old asked me. Now she gets it. Golden hour is one hour before sunset and one hour after sunrise. Why? The color and hardness of the light are different throughout a day. Have you noticed harsh shadows on someone’s face when you are talking to them in the middle of day on the street? Have you seen the amazing, literally golden light in sky and spread everywhere? The golden hour is a short period of time with most soft, beautiful light that help creating gorgeous images.
Well, it’s hard to do a morning session because you have to get yourself ready with a sleepy head. Most likely, hair and makeup artists are not available. So the popular time would be one hour before sunset. And another benefit would be you have the whole day to pamper yourself and get ready for your engagement photoshoot.
During your photoshoot, I will decide where has the best light. It’s not about where you want for background. Again, it’s where has the best light. I’m sorry to disappoint you here for a second. But we could always make it work for light and location. We just need to wait for a perfect moment to get the best light and the background you wanted.
I love to capture the natural and authentic moments while they are happening. I also tell couples to be yourself and just focus on each other. Candid shots are the best for sure. However, for your parents, they usually love more traditional looks. No worries. I absolutely will get a good combination of traditional and candid, but favor the candid authentic moments that reflect the true you and your true love for each other. I will give you some guidance to start and the rest is up to you to show each other how much you love him and how excited you are to be his Mrs.
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