Hi, I'm Ashley and I'm so excited you're here because that means you're engaged! This is such an exciting time for you! However, I also know how overwhelming planning can feel.
That is why I wanted to share some of my favorite tips and tricks when it comes to planning your engagement session.
What you choose to wear is a big decision that often causes a ton of stress for the bride beforehand. My hope is that with a little education, you will be able to determine style and feel you desire for your shoot and then that will make your outfit selection so much easier and less complicated!
BOLD or NEUTRAL
DRESSY or CASUAL
There are no right or wrong answers! Maybe you want one outfit to be dressy and the other to be casual. Maybe you want one outfit to be very light and neutral but you want to wear more color in the next outfit. These categories will hopefully help you determine what you’re hoping for in your engagement session. If you’re feeling stuck and can’t seem to determine what you prefer, that’s very normal! Here are some general “rules of thumb” when it comes to styling during an engagement session. Once you read through these, you may have a better understanding of what you prefer and you can start planning your outfits.
THINGS TO AVOID
Personal Note: As one who has personally struggled with her body image, I encourage you to kind to be kind to yourself and wear something you feel like a rockstar in! When we look at a photo, the first thing we remember is how we felt in the moment it was taken.
Don't wear an outfit that will distract you from being in the moment with your significant other. When you see your engagement photos, your first thought should be the joy you felt when that photo was taken of you and your partner. If we were worried about how uncomfortable our outfit was or how we looked, that's what we will remember.
If you have concerns about certain areas of your body, I encourage you to communicate those to your photographer. They will do their best to make you comfortable throughout the shoot, put you in flattering poses, and do editing touch ups as requested but they cannot change how you truly feel about yourself.
"That was a lot of fun!" is one of my favorite things to hear from the groom at the end of an engagement session! Many brides feel nervous because their groom is not excited about having photos taken, but the truth is, your engagement session is supposed to be fun and authentic, not forced or awkward. Preparing your groom will go a long way into making your experience just that.
01. Take Off the Pressure | Reassure him that the most important part about these photos is having fun together and celebrating your engagement. Many brides make plans to go to his favorite restaurant afterwards to continue the fun!
02. Arrive on Time | Allow for plenty of time to get to your shoot. There is nothing worse than when a couple shows up late, and they have been arguing in the car...we've all been there!
03. Show Him Examples | I highly recommend sitting down with your groom and showing him engagement photos taken by your photographer. Ask him what he likes (or doesn't like) about the poses he's seen. If he mentions a favorite, send that photo to your photographer and ask if she can help create a similar moment like that for y'all!
04. Breathe | Last but not least, remember to have patience with him. Give him room to be himself and don’t assume that he’s not going to have a good time... I think you’ll be surprised how much you will both enjoy your session!