What to Wear for Your Engagement Photos : My Top Ten Tips

It can be difficult to decide how you would like to dress for your engagement photo session. I've found over the years that quite often the bride to be makes great choices, the groom to be often struggles!

Your engagement photos are a perfect opportunity for you to express who you are as a couple, so it's important to have fun! Having confidence and feeling chemistry with your partner is what the shoot is all about. Don't worry if you don't look perfect. A few things out of place is not a big deal. Your passion for each other shining through is what will make your photos look fantastic - not the perfect outfits or haircuts and makeup!

Consider these ten tips to help you decide what to wear.

Theme and Dress Code

Choose a style for the photo session. Do you like a classic look like polos and khakis or top and skirt or pants? Are you a fashionable couple who are always on trend? Are you sporty, love to workout together? Do you want a casual look or more formal? Last word here - be comfortable!


Color Scheme

You don't have to be perfectly color matched, but it's nice to stay within the same or similar color tones. Are you into earth tones like burgundy, olive green, and light browns? Or a more neutral palette like navy blue, khaki and white? Maybe you're looking for a more spring/pastel look? The seasons may be a good place to start when choosing your color scheme, but stick with what you love as a couple - I want you both to feel super comfortable!


Layers

If we're shooting in the cooler seasons bring layering options that can easily be taken on or off. Likewise in warmer weather, light shirts or tops with an added blazer or sport jacket that can be put on for the photo and quickly taken off. This will create different looks without having to completely change outfits.

The addition of hats, scarves, umbrellas, parasols, jewelry and shoes will also help create soem different looks at your photo session.


Stand Out With Solid Colors

Solid dresses and monochrome matching sets area great choices for ladies. Solid color shirts for the guys. Wearing solid colors makes you stand out wherever we are shooting and will make you pop in the photo.

Don't be afraid to go a little bold with bright yellow, pink or red dresses. For the guys, dress shirts or polos with solid colors like light blue, pale green or light pinks always work well.


Patterns and Plaids

If you love plaids and patterns, but want to look great on camera, opt for more subtle prints that might appear as one color from a distance. Strips, polka dots and plaids - choose smaller versions of the prints.


Keep it Classic

Choosing the classics always works well and they look classy forever. You don't need to reinvent the wheel here. A nice button down dress shirt for the guys with a fitted jacket or blazer, dark jeans or dress pants always look great for men.


Writing and Logos

Logos and printed words speak to us. Unfortunately it's often the first thing people look at in photos instead of focussing on you, the beautiful couple. Try to avoid wearing logo attire or clothing with wording. If it's unavoidable not to worry as I can usually remove most in editing your photos, but not all.


Mobile Phones and Wallets

Try to avoid stuffing your pockets with car keys, phones and wallets. I know we all have to carry them so I've made provisions for that. When we set up for your photo session I have a safe, rolling, camera case that my couples usually leave their stuff in. My assistant will help you with making sure your pockets are not bulging out.


Hair Ties - Warning

Ladies (and often men with man buns) carry or wear hair ties. At your engagement, pre-wedding or post-wedding photo session I'll try to remind you to take the hair tie off your wrist! I want all the attention to be on your gorgeous engagement ring or wedding band.


Bring Touch-up Makeup

It's a good idea to bring a little touch-up makeup, lip stick, lip gloss etc. I always have blotting papers on hand at my photos sessions for both the bride to be and the groom to be.


Being a PPA certified professional photographer I'll professionally edit your photos and remove pimples, blemish or blotches and make other adjustments to enhance your photographs.

Let's Go!

Next step, if you haven't already done so, is to contact me to discuss a time/day for you and your love to have your photo session. You can also book in a short consultation here.

I'm looking forward to meeting you, talking with you and creating stunning portraits and a memorable photo session for you.


Hi. I'm Chris, certified wedding a portrait photographer living and working just outside of Atlanta, Georgia in Kennesaw. I would love to start a conversation with you about photographing you both to commemorate your love. Feel free to reach out to me and we can start discussing locations and share ideas for your special photo session.


Quietly Capturing all the Moments of the Day

Quite often during the ceremony I'll stand a ways off the action and using a long lens, photograph the Bride, Groom and Wedding Officiant. I love this one of Taylor looking at their officiant, a guest looking on and Alex focused on Taylor! Also love the way black and white really draws you into the scene.

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With my quiet, relaxed style I can anticipate the tears, laughter and special moments at your wedding. My affordable, packed full of value Wedding Collections offer a full day of wedding coverage for under $2,000 and include a custom designed wedding album.

Creative Wedding Photography

Often I see the photos I’m taking in black and white as I’m photographing weddings. This unique ability coupled with my extensive knowledge of digital photography’s technology allows me a creative freedom that is often hard to find.

Chris Cottrell, Certified Professional Photographer lives in Kennesaw, near Atlanta Georgia. British born and available worldwide he is a PPA (Professional Photographers of America) certified Professional Photographer.

Bride and Groom black and white photo

Bride and Groom black and white photo

Are you Positioned for Success?

Are you concerned about your own profile photo?

Has it been ages since you got a new Executive Headshot?

When was the last time you looked at your own Business Portrait?

If you answer yes to all or one of the above, click here and let's start a conversation - it's free!

With many years experience in the graphics and advertising industry, I always ask my clients and prospects lots of questions. Why? To make sure that the portraits and executive headshots are in line with their marketing objectives.

Have you ever wondered why some people seem to get all the luck? They get the best jobs, higher salary or they get the best contracts and their businesses seem to thrive no matter what.


Positioning - Executive Headshots the Send the Right Message!

As humans we tend to go on first impressions...don't we? We often say things like "gut instincts" or "I have a good feeling about" and very often it's based on what we see. Our online image should always be approachable, warm and friendly, is yours? Have you looked at your profile photos and asked yourself this question? Would I do business with me? If you answer, (with honesty), anything other than yes click here and look at what other business people are using - it's free to look.

If you are in an industry like Real Estate Sales or Car Sales or Health and Beauty look here this might be the type of Headshot or Business Portrait you need.


Make Your Profile Photo Work for you and....

Once you have your Executive Headshots or business portrait that positions you correctly and fits into your brand then you post it up, but! It doesn't stop there. I understand that success isn't based on perfect imagery. And successful people work very hard and often do the things that everyone else are not willing to do to gain an edge - there are no short cuts. I suggest to my clients to have 3 or 4 executive headshots and change their profile photo 2 or 3 times a year. I’ll tell you why when we talk on the phone - lol!


Knowledge! What you Know, What to do now...

Knowing that 96% of business purchasing decisions are made from what prospective customers see online. Should we make sure that what they see of us is always positioned for success? The next step to take is to see if I can help you. It's takes a 10 minute complimentary phone conversation - you could see a world of difference in your approach to the market you serve.

Let me know if you have any questions about Atlanta Executive Headshot, your Atlanta Business Photography or Commercial Photography. - Chris

Chris Cottrell owner of Cottrell Photographers in Kennesaw Georgia is a Certified Professional Executive Headshot Photographer.

My Ideal Wedding Photography Client

What's your ideal client? was the question that stared at me from my computer as I sat at my desk in Kennesaw Georgia in the USA. I began to reminisce the fantastic client's and couple's weddings I have the honor photograph over the years.

Engaged

Although I love all my couples and have become friends with all of them, I had to be honest with myself and now you as your read this.

Wedding Photography

So my ideal client is 38 to 50 years old. Second marriage, may or may not have children from a previous marriage. They view their upcoming wedding as the most important thing they've embarked on in many years and.....

  • They're open-minded to different photo ideas

  • Love the creative side of photography

  • Delegate all the key parts of their wedding day

  • Love their families

  • Want a custom designed wedding album

  • Love wall art created from their photos

  • Enjoy a healthy lifestyle

  • Totally trust me to capture the day - they can relax!

If you know a couple who fits "my ideal couple" I would be grateful for the referral.

I have photographed weddings at Little Gardens in Atlanta, The Grande, Juliette Chapel, Smith-Gilbert, Omni Hotel, Ponte Vedra Inn and Lodge to name a few. I'm looking forward to my upcoming weddings and shooting at Embassy Suites, East Cobb Center, Marietta Garden Center, Gardens at Kennesaw, The Whitlock Inn, The Magnolia House and The Brickyard.

Are You Recently Engaged and Looking for Wedding Day Resources?

As an Atlanta Wedding Photographer, I speak with lots of newly engaged couples and also other Wedding Vendors. Sometimes I get into conversations with people about On-line Wedding Vendor listings. I often hear "We signed up for XYZ on-line and we've received dozens of emails from vendors that we have no interest in!

Unfortunately it's a side effect of our digital world and the big players are big because they have marketing programs that will automatically send you ads.

Wedding Venues


One of things I've learned, is that the Wedding Venues Near me and wedding vendors like myself are small businesses, that don't have the time and resources to continually market to prospective wedding clients.

Groom Tuxedo Vest

Groom Tuxedo Vest


Modern Maid of Honor

One of the best, little known resources for a Maid of Honor is Modern MOH. Modern MOH have an absolutely brilliant library of resources for the Maid of Honor. From what your responsibilities are to your MOH speech on the big day. The great thing is that they won't bombard you with unwanted advertisements for other vendors you might be interested in. This is a fantastic resource for Maids of Honor and I would highly recommend checking it out.

Victorian Style Door at Wedding Venue

Victorian Style Door at Wedding Venue


Here Comes the Guide

Recently I was talking with Rhonda Eggert at The Whitlock Inn and she shared with me "Here Comes the Guide". I was so surprised when I went to their website and took a peak! It's one fo the best organized and easy to find things, website I have ever used. Beautifully designed, easy to read and an absolute pleasure to spend a little time on. The restricted, vetted vendor list is set up not to be annoying to people who register with them which has got to be a huge plus for the Bride to be. Here Comes the Guide is one of the best resources for todays Bride.

Wedding Venue in North Georgia

Wedding Venue in North Georgia


Basic Invite

If you are looking for a place to set up Wedding Website without being subjected to all the ads that the big ones send you check out Basic Invite. Primarily a great resource for custom and stock designed Save-the Date cards, Wedding Invitations, Baby Shower cards and Holidy cards, Basic Invite offer a free, easy to set up and customize for your needs, Wedding Website. You can add your gift register stores, your awesome Cottrell Photographers Engagement Photos and more. Plus if you do order paper products from Basic Invite you can get a 20% discount by using my coupon code: COTTRELL20

Rings and Invitation

Rings and Invitation


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I hope you found this post helpful and as one of Atlanta's Best Wedding Photographers under $2,000 please feel free to contact me with any questions.



"Being a Little Camera Shy is Only Natural” - Atlanta Headshot Photographer Chris Cottrell

Relaxed Executive Headshot Photographer

When I set up to shoot an executive headshot of myself I go through my usual light checks etc and feeling a little apprehensive, I ask myself why do I need this photo? When I have the camera & lights set up ready to shoot I get a little nervous too!! It’s only natural to feel nervous in front of the camera and usually after a few minutes my clients start to relax as we work together to create an awesome image that truly represents them. I’ll never forget a lady a few years ago who was so nervous and worried at the start and soon settled down, here’s what she said:

“Chris was fantastic! Very patient with me (I hate having my photo taken!). He made me feel very at ease and relaxed. If you are looking for professionalism and creativity call Chris”. - Trish P.

Warm, Approachable Executive Headshots

When I encounter a nervous employee during a client executive headshot photo session, it usually doesn’t take too long for them to relax and trust me to create a stunning image of them. With my warm personality and British sense of humor to help things along, we quickly get warm, approachable business photographs that portray who they really are.

I am an Atlanta based Business Portrait and Headshot Photographer, message me with any questions you might have. - Chris

Atlanta based Female Executive

Atlanta based Female Executive

Bright, Sunny January Wedding at Juliette Chapel in Dahlonega Georgia

Zoe and Brandon got married in the middle of January at Juliette Chapel, Dahlonega. Juliette Chapel is a beautiful country, wedding venue in North Georgia, just a short drive from Atlanta. It was a gorgeous, but cool day and the sun shone the whole afternoon and into the early evening.

Bride and groom prep

Zoe and Brandon got ready in the adequate, but small bridal rooms in the adjacent reception hall, and the atmosphere was full of laaughter and excitement. Brandon and the guys took no time at all!! Zoe, her sister and best friends were being pampered by the hair and makeup artists and took the amount of time that they wanted.


First Look

The couple had decided on a first look, which I carefully orchestrated for them. It was an emotionally charged few minutes which took place outside or the reception hall and right before the ceremony.

The ceremony

The ceremony was an intimate affair in Juliette Chapel. With the late winter evening sun streaming through the large windows it could not have been more perfect! During the ceremony the officiant, Reverend James Hamp had the guests and bridal party and the photographers laughing with his quick, witty humor. It was so relaxing with all the laughter and it truly was a beautiful way of involving everyone in the ceremony.


After the ceremony

The reception was in the adjacent reception hall at the venue. They chose Juliette Chapel because because it was a little out of the city, but not too far as to make it a long drive. The ambiance with being in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the ability to totally personalise their day made it so special. It was a relaxed, but not rustic wedding, which meant people could totally have fun without the fear of breaking anything. I love shooting Juliette Chapel weddings because the surroundings are absolutely amazing. All around the buildings are great vistas and and intimate little areas to photograph the Bride, Groom and families etc.


For dinner they self catered which meant everyone got their favorites!!, which was such a great idea. The cake was amazing and created by Chef Pavla of The Bohemian Bakery. The first dance was a good old traditional wedding shuffle, and they finished off the evening with the craziest garter throw and bouquet toss!! Which made it very difficult to photograph as I was laughing so much!!


One of the most memorable parts of the day was the bride and bridesmaids outside in the chilly, January air in their little kimonos getting their photos taken, because it made everyone laugh and the photos came out so beautifully.