I wrote a post back in October titled HOW TO: Dress for an Autumn Engagement Shoot, where I gave my ideas on ways to dress for an outdoor shoot while staying comfortable and confident.
As it’s now the first weekend of spring I’ve decided that post needs a bit of an update. So here is the Spring edition! Whilst the temperature is a little warmer in Spring, a lot of points from the original Autumn post still apply so I’d definitely recommend following the link above for some extra tips regarding colour matching, make-up and what to bring on your shoot.
No matter what time of the year it is you want to dress in clothes that you and your partner feel comfortable in to fully enjoy and get the most out of your shoot. You want your clothes to be complimentary in colour without being too matchy all the while ensuring you stay true to outfits you would normally wear and best express your personalities.
I’m a casual kind of girl, so these outfits I put together using Polyvore.com are what first spring to mind when I think of a Spring engagement shoot. Muted colours and pastels give a fresh, natural look which looks beautiful on photos. Some other things you might want to consider;
- Dress for your location- If you’re having your shoot in a park or forest you may want to steer clear of grassy or dark green toned colours in your clothes. Perhaps your shoot is at the beach? Lighter toned colours will stand out against the sea or sky and keep the focus on you.
- Layers- If you live in the UK like me, this goes without saying. The unpredictable British weather means you never know when the sun will appear or disappear or when the heavens might open on what seems like a perfectly clear day. By layering up you can prepare for any eventuality and stay comfortable for your shoot. Also, working with different layers of clothing can add variety to your images as you can swap and change between them.
Nothings to say you can’t dress up for your engagement shoot! Often I suggest doing the first half of a shoot in a more formal outfit and if opportunity allows, changing half way through into a more casual one. This way you get a mixture of images that not only display two beautiful outfits but show two different sides of your personality too.
- Make sure that your outfit is easy to move around in and fits you well. The better you feel in your clothes, the more relaxed and ‘yourself’ you will be during your shoot, which will result in you looking your best in your pictures,
- Avoid clothes with strong patterns ,vivid or neon colours. These characteristics can sometimes draw attention away from your faces, the most important part of your photos!
- Accessorize – Little details such as statement necklaces or a hat can really add something to a photo so don’t be afraid to accessorize, that goes for the men too! Oh and don’t forget your engagement ring, there are lots of lovely photos to be had with that.
Props are always welcomed by a photographer. Perhaps you’re wanting a themed shoot? or have something different in mind. Bring props to your shoot that express the two of you as a couple. A picnic blanket for example, or even go all out; picnic basket, strawberries, champagne, the lot! These can be subtly incorporated into your spring engagement shoot and make it truly personal to you.