The Engagement Shoot
What to Wear
Engagement photos are done to show the world your love and devotion to each other! The days of one "dry" portrait accompanying a couples public engagement announcement in the local newspaper are OVER!
PLEASE get mushy, sultry, flirty, silly 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 time in your relationship, unique to any other time the two of you will share. It's truly a special time, a time of excitement 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!
While not specific to an engagement shoot, please take some time to go over this Style Guide brought to you by A&J exclusively for Tina Ara Photography/©Tina Ara Wedding Pictures.
If there may be concerns requiring re touching, it is highly recommended that clients DO NOT WEAR PATTERNED OUTFITS. Solid colors are much easier and less timely to do any "body" re-touching (very slight decreasing of tummy or problem areas, etc...)
Please wear outfits that compliment your partner's attire. Neutral colors and ONE predominant color look better on film. 3-4 tones of the same hue or 3 complimentary color and no more have a more "cohesive" look and look balanced in a camera's eyes.
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 monchrome (black and white) photo.
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 graffiti 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 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!
Notice on the cover the models are all wearing basically 3 colors: navy blue, creme, and blush (soft pink).
The predominant color is navy blue.