Being a photographer under Brett loves Elle has taught me just a few thing (okay I have literally learned a million things) but seriously I have so many useful tips for all things wedding and photos. So why not put my knowledge to good use and tell all of you beautiful brides to be! If you are a newly engaged and ready for your engagement photos you are probably thinking (like any girl...or guy) WHAT DO I WEAR TO AN ENGAGEMENT SHOOT? I can help. I was a bride to be, a bride, and I am a photographer. I have a triple whammy!
Okay, being comfortable is a plus in any situation but why not be cute and comfortable on your shoot. I want you to be able to walk into your shoot and feel like you are...well you of course! Plus, engagement shoots should be a fun time with your fiancé. We as photographers are there to capture how you both interact with each other in a flattering way. This is why we do a posed-candid shoots at Brett loves Elle photography. So when you look at your photos you see love instead of that awkward dead hand or stiff shoulders.
While trying to figure out how to structure this post, I thought a Pinterest board would be VERY helpful. I'm like any other girl. I spend hours...and hours...and hours on Pinterest. So to go along with my awesome bullet points you are able to check out Brett loves Elle's WHAT TO WEAR: Engagement Shoot. Now for some tips I've learned thus far...
Tips For Engagement Shoots
- Dress for style and comfort: your cloths should be a reflection of who you are as well as being comfortable. If you are the outdoorsy types where outfits that show just that. If you both love to dress up why not go for a more formal look! The point is you feel comfortable with what you are wearing.
- Dress for your surroundings: If you plan on being in a field, pointy heels don't really make the most sense. Honestly, flats or wedges look just as cute!
- Be practical: if you have an active shoot in mind, maybe wearing a dress may not be appropriate. Plus if dresses aren't your thing don't feel bad. Rock jeans and boots/flats/heels whatever you feel is you.
- Coordinate with your partner: this doesn't mean matchy-matchy but more color coordination.
- Don't be afraid to pop: if your fiancé is more comfortable in neutral colors. Rock some color. It will look great on camera. The same goes for the location. If the location is more neutral in color don't be afraid to wear some color so you both pop. Especially if its a spring or summer shoot! Bright colors are great choices.
- Cloths that move well: walking shots are pretty common for engagement shoots so a nice flowy outfit will look great while you are walking. Plus you want to be comfortable and look natural while walking anyways.
- Don't be afraid to accessorize: statement pieces can dress up a solid shirt or sweater.
- SHOES: ladies wearing sandals is good but maybe stray away from flip flops/thong sandals (same for guys really) - nice flats/ankle boots/wedges can be a great alternative to heels (but wearing some killer heels can be a great choice as well/some women can do just about anything in heels anyways). Guys if you want to wear sneakers find some that are nicer than just running shoes.
- Fit counts: wear cloths that make your body look great. Wearing overly baggy cloths isn't always flattering and same goes for cloths that are too tight.
- A dress shirt can go a long way: the easiest option for guys can be a really nice button down shirt! Pastels for spring, brighter colors for summer, flannel patterns or darker colors for fall and winter look awesome.
- Khakis: it's amazing how different an outfit can be if guys wear khakis instead of jeans (now there is nothing wrong with wearing jeans but khakis can dress up an outfit)
- If you want to dress up, DRESS UP: I think formal photos look fantastic just like casual photos can look fantastic as well. It's about owning what you wear. So wear it with confidence.
- Dress for your shoot: We love doing creative and fun shoots and sometimes that involves paint, bubbles, water, and anything else we can think of. Choose cloths that fit :)
I really hope all these tips (and this Pinterest board) helps. For me, I like to see examples on how to dress. When Daniel and I had our first shoot we spend hours and hours picking cloths. We wanted to match but ended up matching too well or I couldn't find anything of his that worked with my outfit. All and all I got extremely stressed and couldn't handle it. I don't want you to stress. This is a wonderful time in you life and you should be appreciating every moment. Plus, to be honest this is one of the most asked questions. Good luck ladies. Can't wait to see all your super cute outfits!!!
CHECK OUT OUR PINTEREST BOARD - WHAT TO WEAR: Engagement