For engagement shoots couples should be coordinated but they don’t have to be dressed identical. That would be super cheesy in my opinion 🙂 Honestly, if it’s not something you would normally walk out of the house in, then don’t wear it for your photo shoot! Some general rules for picking your clothes out are:
1) Solid colors are best. Prints and patterns can clash and be distracting and overbearing in photos;
2) Choose light OR dark color scheme and wear colors that compliment each other;
3) Keep in mind the location… don’t wear high heels and a fancy dress that you can’t move around in or that you can’t get sand on or wet!
4) Colors that blend with your surroundings are always good, for instance earth tones when your at a park or garden, creams, tans whites and blues at the beach, etc.
People ask all the time if I have tips for posing or how do they stand to look thinner, etc. The basic rules would be to stand up straight with your shoulders back. Good posture makes a big difference. For women when your standing up put your weight on one foot instead of standing with both feet planted helps soften the figure. Often times people want to turn to the side to look thinner, but this isn’t really the most flattering look for most people. You can turn your shoulders slightly so you aren’t dead on to the camera just don’t go too far. Beyond that I encourage my couples to stop thinking so much about how to pose and what to do. My job as the photographer is to direct you and capture images that are flattering and show you at your best. The best way to help me do that is to relax, be natural and have fun! Confidence and natural expressions always make the best photos!
Which brings me to another important tip about choosing the right photographer. Of course you should love your photographer’s style and their work should be something you can visualize hanging on your wall. However, something that is almost equally as important is the photographer’s personality. Your photographer will be with you through every moment of your wedding day. Guiding you through the experience and capturing all of the big moments. You want to make sure that this is someone with whom you can spend an entire day. Plus, feel comfortable and trust enough to let go of any worry about what needs to be documented and how it should be done once the day arrives. Choosing a photographer should be like choosing your wedding gown after your meeting with the photographer – all of the elements should fall into place and you just know that they are the right fit for you.