1. Be Yourself - Just as you cannot love anyone else until you love yourself, you cannot be true to anyone else or the camera until you are true to yourself. Begin by not being afraid to be who you are!
2. Be Comfortable - In spite of what you may have heard or believed fashion does not have to equate pain. Being comfortable in your outfit is the most important thing; Don’t go overboard. You will be asked to pose, and tight uncomfortable clothes will make the task hard and will show through in the final pictures.
3. Patterns & Fabrics - Patterns can add visual interest and texture as well can give a hint of personality. Outfits with simple shapes & patterns often look great. Those patterns and figures, however should not be overpowering, just clean and simple, unless otherwise required. Stripes, crinkled fabric, polka dots, and so on. Anything knitted or with lace always looks good.
4. Make sure your Outfits are Colour Coordinated but DO NOT MATCH - Talk about what to wear for photo shoot beforehand. Don’t forget to discuss with your partner what to wear. You don't want to clash in colour, pattern, and fabrics; it won’t look good in photos and you’ll be judged as a couple. To save time and effort, just bring a couple of paired outfits and change during shooting.
You do NOT want to be known as the Oompa-Loompa couple. Don’t make everyone wear the same color-matching is boring and out-dated. Co-ordinate colours and looks, letting everyone have their own spin on the colour palette (and every person does Not – should Not – have every colour used in the colour palette).
5. Do Not Wear Neon Colours - It will look strange down the lane, when you pick up your old wedding album and realize that these colours are out-of-trend and that you should have kept it simple with classic colours.
6. Choose Colours that Compliments Your Skin Tone - Before you buy a new wardrobe, wedding clothes or other special occasion attire, it's best to know how to choose colours that flatter your skin tone. Choosing the wrong colour can make your skin and hair appear dull, while the right colours for your skin tone can make you look vibrant. Photos are usually taken in a beautiful outdoor setting. While the lighting will be natural and wonderful, you want to look very healthy and bright. Hence keep your skin tone in mind while choosing a colour.
7. Choose Outfits that Flatter Your Body Type - This photo shoot celebrates you, the person in love, ready to commit themselves fully. Wear your most flattering clothes and you will be a beautiful and handsome pair.
8. Dress for the Season and Surroundings - Your outdoor setting would look awesome, if you could dress for the season. Think about your location and make sure your clothes complements the surroundings. Be careful not to blend into the background.
9. Do not wear Clothes with Large Patterns or Logos - This often just washes you out. Avoid anything with logos, graphics, characters, labels, etc. These tend to take the “finished” look of a professional portrait down a few notches, can be distracting (who wants people to first notice the Nike or Gap logo before the adorable little kid’s smile?) and will date a photo quickly.
10. Do not wear Clothes that are Too Trendy - In other words don’t date yourself. Remember that clothes for engagement photos should include classy and timeless pieces, not fads that could die out soon. You can do fashion forward while still remaining timeless.
11. Match Your Shoes with Your Outfit and Don’t Forget the Socks - Your shoes will get caught on film! Think about what colour socks you should wear. Also properly match your outfit and shoes. These are important details and you might need to go out and buy new ones just for it to look right in photos.
12. Accessories - Do not wear fussy earrings. They will just get into the way and obscure your lovely face. It’s good to have that one or two statement accessories like a scarf, hat or a nice piece of jewellery. But, make sure that they don’t overwhelm the subject or the photos.
13. Makeup - We are sure you are both natural beauties, but a little make-up never hurt anyone. A little colour is just meant to enhance features on the photos. Covering those blemishes would be a good idea. A lot of factors come into each picture, so your face should look pristine clean for the shots.
Facials and Haircuts should be done a week or so before the shoot date in order to look most natural.
13. Bring Props- It would be cute for you to bring props to recreate some wonderful scenes. From the first date to the engagement day, a few props can change the scene! Balloons, signs, you can bring anything you could think of to give the pictures a personal touch. Think about subtle props that blend with the vibe of the session and at the same time keep them simple and meaningful.
14. Do not forget the ring - Remember to include the ring in your engagement photos - emphasis on engagement!