Engagement photos are done to show the world your love and devotion to each other! The days of one standard mug shot portrait accompanying a couples public engagement announcement in the local newspaper are OVER!
Let's "Tell a Story!"
PLEASE get mushy, sultry, flirty, silly and romantic! Think of your shoot as a movie scene, and don't be shy to SHOW THAT LOVE!
Your engagement period is a very wonderful and exciting time in your relationship, unique to any other time the two of you will share. It's truly a special time, a time of joy and dreams coming alive for the future, a time to be giddy with LOVE for each other!
So PLEASE, be thoughtful about what you wear. This time will never happen again in your relationship. This is truly your time to SHINE and BE IN LOVE. SHOW THE WORLD!
it is highly recommended that clients DO NOT WEAR PATTERNED OUTFITS. If there may be concerns requiring re touching, solid colors are much easier and less timely to do any "body" re-touching (very slight decreasing of tummy or problem areas, etc...) if the client insists on it. Solid colors are easier on the camera and less distracting. I am happy to do VERY LIGHT tummy slimming, but because this can be very time consuming it would only pertain to photographs that are showing the EMOTION and LOVE "exquisitely" meaning it's a photograph worth the time it takes to do any body light re-touching.
Even though I do my best to assure your position to the camera's eye is flattering, there will be times I take continuous shots to catch a perfect glimpse of your laughter and interaction together, and in that case I'm not going to stop the "good vibe" flow happening between the couple.
Please wear outfits that compliment your partners attire. Neutral colors and ONE predominant color look better in film and give a more "cohesive" look. It's much more "balanced" in a camera's eyes and ultimately in the final image.
If you stick to the rule of no more then three colors in your outfits color palette, the camera (thats me!) can capture the two of you in the moment. Too many colors cause an "uneasiness" to your eye, and cause "sensory overload." The love, your emotions, your beauty and depth in your eyes can get lost.
If there are too many colors and a photo becomes more distracting rather then pleasant to view, I usually will turn the image into a softer monochrome (black and white) photo this way I can concentrate on the EMOTION of the image as opposed to color overload.
In post production I will try to match the surrounding scene to compliment your outfit palette. Softer, pastel tones are always more complimentary to skin tones as opposed to heavily "color saturated" surroundings. Of course each scene has it's own rules: a background of street art and colorful grafitti would warrant outfits that are equally competing: black, white, vibrant reds, etc. The three color rule is still loosely applied, however! Too many colors, unless the rainbow palette is what were after, will still produce a photo without a focal point. Of course, there certainly are times to break the rules for artistic purposes!
So as you can see, collaboration between the photographer and the client (and BETWEEN THE COUPLE!) is very important for a successful shoot. Communication of clear emails between client and photographer at some point is preferred over constant text messages, as convenient as it may be. Keeping a record of ideas and brain-storming ideas will make for an awesome shoot!
I love Pinterest for ideas! Please don't forget to take a look at my engagement and wedding boards @Tina Araquistain (Tina Ara Photography).