Hi, Romantics – Liz here. When it comes to engagement portraits, Kate and William had it right. Of course, we all can’t book Mario Testino, but there are a few things to keep in mind for yours:
1. Keep your outfits simple, and somewhat coordinated. This is not a good time to break out the orange and purple Hawaiian shirt while the other wears blue and white nautical stripes! I’d recommend black, white, and solid colors, with basic lines. Ruffles and busy collars will detract from your overall look! Remember, this is about you two (and, ahem, your ring).
2. When it comes to makeup, I’d recommend going with a professional makeup artist. They know how to compensate for things like flashes and outdoor lighting. If you want to do it yourself, put on a bit more than you normally would, once again keeping colors simple. Bright orange bleeding outside your lip line? No!
3. Posing! I know it can feel awkward, but have some fun with it! No need to be a contortionist at this point. Practice in the mirror beforehand to see which way to turn your head. Or, practice with the phone on your camera (gotta love technology). Tip: don’t tilt your head too far back or the camera will shoot straight up your nose… not pretty on anyone! Keep your shoulders straight. A good way to show off your new ring is to gently hug your new fiancée and rest your hand softly on their arm.
4. If you want to shoot your portrait outside, don’t do it between 10am and to 2pm. The sun will be overhead, creating raccoon shadows on your eyes. Cloudy days can sometimes be a good thing, be cause the clouds naturally diffuse the light.
5. Browse images online and send ones you love to the photographer so you can be on the same page before the shoot. Communicate well!
6. Have fun and don’t stress. If a photo is bad, it will get deleted and never see the light of day, so don’t worry about it. Move on and get your money shot!
Until next time…