The most important thing to know for a shoot is you can do
WHATEVER YOU WANT!
Break the rules. Do it your way. You don’t have to listen to any of these ideas, they are just a guide to get you thinking!
I also recommend using engagement sessions as a wedding makeup trial to see how it lasts and looks like in photos.
Can’t get your makeup trial the same day?
I highly recommend Connor Adams makeup or The Pretty Parlour, or, booking in at Mecca if you use their products – they do your makeup and you just have to purchase a certain dollar value of products instead of payment.
BE YOU AND BE COMFORTABLE
Wear clothes that make you feel you.
Being comfortable will make you more comfortable in front of the camera. Don’t go wearing stilettos and a minidress when you’re a T-shirt and jeans kinda girl.
NEUTRALS ARE TIMELESS
Beige, pastels, navy and blush, black and white look great.
In winter deep moody colours like Burgundy and red wine paired with blacks and denim work great, also mustard and olive green.
Unless of course, you rock a bright gold dress like Julie
TRY AVOID PATTERNS, LOGOS AND TRENDS
This includes stripes, dots, on-trend brands and on-trend clothing that will date
Avoid strappy tops that show bra straps and tan lines.
MATCH YOUR ATTIRE TO THE SEASON & LOCATION
Cosy fleece and woollen throw over the couch in front of a fireplace for a cosy home engagement session or a silk slip for a night time shoot in the city will add that glimmer. In Summer if you’re game – a white one-piece bather with your man in boardies will look killer at sunset in the waves – add a surfboard for a summer surf session and denim jacket to get cosy around a fire in the dunes.
BRING ANY PROPS that make you guys you.
Tossing back a couple before the shoot can help you relax but why not bring along some champagne to pop (and spray everywhere for some fun shots). I’ve had a couple bring along a basketball because they met through the groom playing for the Wildcats.
COMPLIMENT EACH OTHER but don’t match
This is not a Christmas card.
GO BAREFOOT IF YOU WANT!
You don’t need to wear heels and dress shoes.
ACCESSORISE WITH TEXTURES
Anything from a textured scarf to an oversized beach hat and chunky earrings to add that ’wow’ factor.
Fur, Leather, Lace etc brings more warmth to your images. For example, throw on an Un-Real Fur Dream Jacket for a chilly mountaintop adventure session for some striking imagery.
BRING A SECOND OUTFIT
If you would like variety but be mindful of time and place to change!
LET IT FLOW BUT DON’T FLY AWAY
In the right weather and on the right angles, a flowy maxi dress or skirt can look amazing! Walking shots add motion and with the right material, great textures.
Billowy tops can make you look bigger than you are if windy. Make sure to pair them with skinny jeans or shorts to balance the look.
FLATTER YOUR BODY SHAPE
Accentuate your assets and feel comfortable and great.
- Pear-Shaped: Show off those curves! A-line designs are always my go-to, anything that focuses on cinching the waist and flares out at the bottom from the hips.
- Apple-Shaped: An A-line style with a gradual flow from the waist to the legs is always flattering. Textured clothing and/or a deep V-neck always looks great.
- Busty: Scoop and sweetheart necklines offer support and open up the décolletage so the focus is on the face rather than the bust, unless that is what you are after ;p
- Petite: I find as flattering as figure-hugging numbers are and mini dresses, they don’t leave you as free to move.
- No matter what your shape, make sure you’re comfortable!
FIND YOUR STYLE
SHOOT OVER SUNSET UNTIL DARK
The golden hour is gorgeous for images and you can get some nice raw moments as the sunsets.
Bring a cardigan in case it gets cold, and feel free to bring along any picnic or drinks too!