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Planning a wedding is stressful enough, we believe your photography experience shouldn’t be. That’s why we’ve started a series just for brides in the planning process. In this specific series we’re talking all about engagement sessions from your outfits to your locations. So, take a deep breath & know you won’t have to fret about your engagement photos! We’ve got you!

The Engagement Session Series: Picking Your Locations

Dress It Up 
Have you been thinking about rocking a sequined gown, tulle skirt or flower crown but just didn’t have an occasion? This is your chance to do it up! There is no such thing as too dressed up when it comes to an engagement session! Long, flowy dresses & skirts look absolutely amazing on camera, as do cute cocktail dresses. If you’re not looking to add a new permanent piece to your collection, a lot of our brides LOVE Rent the Runway for their engagement photos. Plus, you can send the outfits back when the session is over. Other brides love having a great excuse to add a new permanent piece (or two!) into their closet!

Quick Tip: There’s no such thing as too dressed up.

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Ashley was a total stunner in her Rent the Runway Badgley Mischka gold sequin dress! This is how you do engagement photos right!!

Say Yes to the Dress 
Long, flowy dresses & skirts look totally amazing on camera because they add extra movement to the photos. Especially when paired with nature, like the forest, fields or beach. Cute, shorter-length dresses photograph beautifully as well. Dresses & skirts tend to look most stunning on camera because they really flatter the female body — which is probably why the red carpet is always full of so many dresses & not very many jumpsuits or t-shirts and jeans!

We recommend avoiding pants and shorts for your session, and saying yes to a dress or two! 

One or Two? It’s Up to You! 
Most of our brides who choose two outfits will bring one “wow” dress, and then another shorter coctail dress for a more casual date-night feel. But if you want to bring two “wow” dresses and forgo the more casual dress altogether, give yourself permission to do it! We LOVE when brides do this!! The camera loves runway-like outfits and so do we! Remember, though, you don’t have to bring two looks if it’s too stressful. One outfit that you love will be so much better than one outfit you love and another you’re not very thrilled with. So, one or two? It’s really up to you!

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Simple yet stunning Madison’s white dress popped so well against the Birmingham skyline for their engagement photos!! We promise, neutral colors really do WOW every time!

Choosing Colors 
When choosing colors for your outfits, we highly recommend selecting lighter tones and more muted shades. By avoiding ultra-bright, bold colors, it will help bring all the attention to your faces and let the eye focus on the way you feel about each other. The camera loves shades of soft pink and muted blues, mixed with sophisticated light neutrals like heather gray, creams, leather brown and white. That softer color palette fits beautifully into almost all natural outdoor environments.

Really, it’s totally up to you. If you follow these tips though, we promise you’ll LOVE the way you look on camera. They’re tried-&-true suggestions and we’ve seen them work.


Katie & Alec

If you liked this post, stay tuned for next week when we talk about picking your fiance’s outfit & coordinating!!

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