I wanted to do a short series of posts called “For Brides” to help people during the wedding planning process. During the planning of your wedding, I’m sure you will have questions and want some advice. I have been there and I know it can be the most exciting season of your life, as well as the most overwhelming! Enjoy and feel free to ask me questions. 🙂
Other Posts from the “For Brides” series:
Engaged people, this one is for you! It actually also applies to any couples preparing for a photo session! I send this to all of my brides before their engagement session to help them to prepare. You may be wondering where to start when planning outfits or what to expect during the session.
Most of my couples have two outfits for their engagement session. One is normally more dressy and one is a little more casual. If you prefer to have only one outfit, make it more dressy than casual. There is no such thing as “too dressy” for engagement portraits.
Wearing the same color in a different shade is actually more ideal than trying to find the EXACT color blue! For example, I would avoid both wearing black tops and khaki bottoms because it could possibly come across at looking like a uniform. It’s also just not as visually interesting.
If one of you is wearing something with a lot of color and pattern, sometimes it’s best to have the other person wear a neutral to tone it down a bit.
Some of my favorite outfits have been when the guy is just wearing a simple colored button up shirt and nice jeans!
when it comes to how formal your attire is. If the bride is wearing a little black dress…. the groom probably shouldn’t be in shorts and tennis shoes.
If you’re wearing plaid or other patterns, the bigger the better!! Larger plaid photographs better than tiny little-checkered patterns. It would be better to have a solid dress shirt than a shirt with teeny tiny patterns. The camera can’t pick those tiny patterns up from far away and that can sometimes result in a blurry look in pictures.
A long gold necklace, a nice belt, a cool watch or bracelet…. I love them all! They can add so much to an outfit.
Everyone has certain things that look GREAT on them and certain things that aren’t really made for them. For example… I’m fair skinned and have blonde hair. Because of that, I know that wearing a pale yellow sundress for a portrait session is not flattering for me!
If you don’t like the way you look in stripes normally, you’re not going to love the way you look in your images that I take. If you’re self conscious about your legs, don’t wear a mini-skirt. If you’re self-conscious about your arms, it’s probably not smart to wear a strapless top. Bottom line, make sure you wear something that you’re comfortable in. Sure, I’m going to teach you how to pose in super flattering ways, but you’ll love your images so much more if you wear an outfit that you’re comfortable and CONFIDENT in!! Confidence photographs well!! 😉
If you have any questions, or just want to get my opinion on outfits, just feel free to text me! Some of my brides literally text me a picture of their outfit for my advice. 🙂