Winter in Reading, Pennsylvania didn’t stop us from going to the lake and wearing dresses. Alex & Eva’s engagement shoot reminded me of the importance of educating couples in how exactly to prepare for their photos. Eva knew exactly what to wear: Her Pinterest dreams were to wear an elegant, floor length dress and for Alex to wear an outfit that she ordered and curated. After lots of stress and decisions and changing their minds, they showed up in completely different outfits. The first thing out of her mouth was, “You were right. We decided we wanted to wear outfits that felt more like us.”
What to Wear
You can bring things like beanies, or layers like jean jackets or flannels over sweatshirts. Really, whatever you are comfortable in. I recommend bringing at least 1-2 full outfits with you in addition to what you wear because options are the best. I am such a visual person, so sometimes we end up doing a last minute swap. In other words, when in doubt… bring it as an option. The photos are about you and your connection – not your clothing. The only thing you want to stay away from is bright, strong, or neon colors that do not lend itself to the style and location of your shoot and may reflect onto your skin causing weird tones and hues UNLESS that is totally the vibe you are going for. I would honestly just think through it intentionally and begin choosing one piece at a time, in a buildable way. Choose pieces that you feel 100% comfortable and confident in because that’s going to have more of a positive affect on your photos than having the trendiest two-piece dress that you have to constantly adjust and have never worn before.
How to Prep
Plan your day leading up to the shoot wisely. As in… Schedule off work the entire day leading up to your photos. Prep weeks ahead of time, so that on the day-of you can relax and be a little lazy. Coming to your shoot straight from a rushed, hectic day of errands, fighting over small things, or another social gathering isn’t the best. Rest. Eat. Get your alone time. Drink a beer. Pack snacks. Whatever the prep work (both mentally and physically) is for you – give yourself that. Try, when you are thinking about the shoot and how it is going to go, only think and speak positively about it. Begin reframing your worries or frustrations with, “Wow. I love that we are creating space to reconnect with each other and enjoy each other. I have really needed this.” or “It’s not about being in front of the camera, it’s a chance to meet and create with the person who is going to document one of our most meaningful days.”