Deciding what to wear for your engagement photos is no easy task! Should you play it safe with black and white apparel? Should you and your groom attempt to match as much as possible? I spoke with Nashville wedding photographer Candice Jones of Candice Jones Photography to learn all about how to look your best in what you wear for your engagement photos. Read on for Candice’s five fabulous tips and also be sure to check out an earlier interview we did with her to hear even more about this amazing photography company!
1. Choose outfits that fit your personality for your engagement photography session.
While it’s easy to get caught up in trying to please everyone from your parents to your wedding planner when working on a Tennessee wedding, it’s important to remember that your wedding is all about you and your groom. Candice assures brides that this idea also includes your engagement photography. She explains that by picking clothing that best represents your personality, you’ll be much more comfortable and confident while having your pictures taken. You won’t be constantly adjusting that itchy sweater you hate all day, and your engagement photos will turn out much better when you’re relaxed and happy. So, whether your style is modern or vintage, classic or trendy, just be sure you’re rockin’ outfits that are really YOU for your engagement photography session!
2. Don’t be afraid of using color for your engagement photos.
While blacks and whites can look great for engagement photos, Candice urges brides to not be afraid of using color and prints too! A splash of color or clothing with a fabulous pattern can really help you stand out a little better in your photos – especially if you have a lot going on in the background or are having winter engagement photos taken where a gray sky is often prevalent. However, as a side note, Candice explains that if your groom is wearing a big, bold pattern, you should stick with solid colors, and vice versa. Otherwise, the overall look of your engagement photos can get a little too complicated. Also, be sure to bring a couple of different outfits to your photo shoot – one casual and one dressy – to get the most out of your engagement photo experience.
3. Use fabulous accessories to add an extra special quality to your photos.
Accessorizing for your wedding day can be a little tricky, but for your engagement photos you can throw all caution to the wind! Kidding. No, of course you’ll still need to give some thought to your look, but Candice says not to be shy about throwing on that cute necklace you just nabbed on sale at the mall last week. She explains that the added texture provided by accessories will show up really well in your engagement photos! Candice encourages brides-to-be to bring several pairs of shoes to photo shoots as well. Boots and heels bring a lot to pictures, and a simple change of footwear is a quick and stylish way to change up the look of the session.
4. Don’t try to perfectly match the colors in your clothing to those in your groom’s.
While you and your groom may have a lot in common, Candice explains there’s no need to match your outfits perfectly for your engagement photos. The “matchy-matchy” look has the potential to look stiff and unauthentic. Instead, Candice says to try having you and your groom’s clothing complement each other (i.e. blues and yellows, or reds and greens). Another option she describes is to simply wear different shades of the same color. For example, your groom may wear a light blue and white button-up shirt, while you have a royal blue sundress on. Perfection!
5. Remember to get your hair, make-up, and nails done for your engagement photos.
Many brides like to have their hair, make-up, and nails done by a professional for their wedding day, but Candice urges brides not to forget about their engagement photography too! Because the camera has a way of picking up the smallest of imperfections, making sure your look is polished and complete beforehand goes a long way in the finished product. Candice suggests a simple, yet classic look, and if you don’t have it professionally done, be sure it’s being taken care of by a friend you can trust or yourself (if you’re super confident in your cosmetology skills!).
The team at Candice Jones Photography knows that each couple is unique and plans every photography session with that idea in mind. Candice’s favorite part about working with brides and grooms to create beautiful engagement photography is getting to spend time with the couple and get to know their personalities. Be sure to take a look at the Candice Jones Photography website, and connect with them on Facebook. Give Candice a call at (615) 653-8061, and tell her The Pink Bride sent you!
All photos courtesy of the Candice Jones Photography Facebook page.