Wardrobe Styling - What to Wear for Engagement Photos
I always want you to choose clothing that showcases your personality. However, one of the most frequent questions I get asked is what to wear for an engagement photo shoot. It's all about styling and planning, and the more time you invest in choosing your wardrobe, the happier you'll be with the results. Do not be afraid to contact me for advice on color and shapes!
In general, I ask my clients to bring two or three different outfits to choose from. Something casual, something formal, and something unique to you. This helps provide variety and evoke different types of emotions from each set. I'll be more than happy to help you choose what would be appropriate.
Avoid turtlenecks, as this can make the neck seem nonexistent. Try to steer away from large, loose clothing because it can make a person apear larger or wider than they actually are. Shorts and capris have a tendency to make legs look shorter as well.
Stick to bold solid colors, patterns and stripes can take away the attention from your face. Darker colors have a slimming effect, and lighter colors emphasis the curves. When choosing a color scheme, keep in mind what looks good on you, what will look good in the environment that we're photographing in, and what will look good for wall portraits in your home.
Minimal accessories are best, we don't want to distract from the main subject (YOU!). Avoid hats or any hair pieces. Also avoid tennis/running shoes, white socks or heavy footwear. Be sure to consider the location when choosing what shoes to wear.
Props are a fun way to interject your personality in the photos. Some great ideas include: books for avid readers, picnic setups for park atmospheres, cars for the speedy types, or anything that speaks to your heart and soul.
Makeup - How to do your Makeup for Engagement Photos
You don't need a makeup artist to look good for photography, but some professional tips are always helpful. The key to understanding enhancing your photogenic qualities is to remember that images are two dimensional, so shadows and highlights need to be emphasized or de-emphasized to achieve the best look. So here are a few camera friendly makeup tips that will enhance your looks.
Before applying any makeup, make sure the skin is smooth and moisturized. A good facial scrub or treatment can help prep the face for an even makeup application. I always recommend calming face masks, but be wary of ones that sting and can cause redness. If you like those for removing pimples or blackheads, be sure to do them a couple of days before to allow for the redness to die down.
Make sure that eyebrows are shaped well before applying makeup. You can either get them waxed a few days before, or shape them the night before with tweezers. For a guide, align a pencil along the edge of your nose and the inner corner of your eye. Do the same to the outer corner of the eye. This makes a good start and endpoint for the eyebrow. On the day of, use a brow pencil to add more definition.
Photos tend to enhance darker areas, so be sure to add a lighter shade of concealer around the eyes, any crevices and lines. Make sure you blend well! Apply a light layer of foundation all over the face and blend the edges.
Bronze or Blush
Blush can enhance the color features of the face and bronzer is excellent for shaping the face. Apply powdered blush by blowing excess of the brush before lightly stroking the cheek bones. Use bronzing makeup to shape the area around the face, and around the nose for slimming effects. I usually advise to stay away from bronzers that have shimmer or gold pieces in it, as this can cause distracting elements to the face. Extra tip: Be sure to blend for a more natural progression of the shades.
Unless you like the look, avoid harsh lines in the eye makeup. Smokey eye shadow and darker shading toward the outer corner of the eye can have a very beautiful effect. Try adding highlighter under the brow bone as well. Use a smokey eye liner pencil and smudge, or use a liquid liner on the upper lid and outer corners.
Use a lip pencil that is one or two shades darker than your natural lip color, and smudge it all over the lips. Then apply some gloss or lipstick to finish a nice natural defined lip. If you like brighter shades, be sure to bring the tools with you for touch ups. I usually recommend to go natural on lip colors because photos can grab the attention into the wrong places with bright bold colors like red or purples.
I always recommend finishing the look with a translucent powder. This sets the makeup and reduces shine. One of the biggest complaints I hear has to do with shiny skin. So ladies, do not skip this step. Also, bring oil blotting sheets for the men, as they tend to sweat more.