The Do’s & Don’ts of Preparing for Your Engagement Pictures

Posted Friday November 15, 2013 8:30 AM GMT

So he (finally) put a ring on it, eh? Congratulations!

After all the excitement of the proposal winds down, you’re now faced with the giant to-do list that’s associated with planning a wedding. After you set a date, and nail down all the foundational details of your big day, the next call to order is that of engagement pictures.

In order to ensure your session is absolutely perfect, we compiled a list of do’s and don’ts to keep in mind as you and your fiancé prep for a day in front of the lens.

Do wear a pop of color. If everything else about your sartorial palette is neutral, be sure to incorporate something with an eye-catching hue. Whether it’s your shoes, an accessory, or a bold red lip, you’re going to want something in your pics that demands attention … other than your mega-watt smile, of course.

Don’t wear anything too trendy. You don’t want to look back on the shots 10 years from now and wonder “What was I thinking?” Instead, opt for timeless silhouettes, functional patterns, and classic colors.

Do wear something comfortable. Your photog will have you moving around a lot — laying down on blankets, sitting on fences and running through fields — meaning any restricting clothing will translate through your pics and leave you looking stiff and uncomfortable. Wear breathable fabrics and loose-fitting pieces.

Don’t dress immodestly. Your grandmother will be looking at these photos, so we suggest you save the risqué boudoir pics for your soon-to-be-hubby’s eyes only.

Do invest in quality makeup. We suggest you spring for some cosmetics with serious staying power. You don’t want your foundation or lipstick sweating off after being outdoors and/or walking around to different locations all day. Also, go for waterproof products for your eyes — liner and mascara — to ensure bright, smudge-free peepers throughout your entire session!

Don’t stray too far from your normal taste. Wearing pieces that don’t reflect your personal sense of style won’t capture your personality — and those who know you best will call you out on it. Also, don’t get a new dye job from your colorist before your shoot. Stick with a natural hue that suits your complexion best.

Do remember that less is more. This applies to everything — your manicure, pedicure, accessories, outfit, etc. Keep things simple. If your ensemble looks cluttered or you’re sporting crazy nail art, it’ll take away from the romantic ambiance of the shoot you’re trying to achieve.

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