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.


Kasha & Xavier's Engagement Photo Session, Marietta Square Georgia

I met Kashaa nd Xavier on a Sunday morning in Marietta Square for their Engagement Photo Session. Marietta Square is a great location for pre-wedding photography. It's also one of the best wedding venues in Georgia and my couple looked amazing on such a gray, foggy, drizzly day - it reminded me of England!

Low Light Challenge

I had to be mindful of where I positioned them not only to stay dry but also in being able to what little light was available. By carefully adjusting their positions I was able to create many stunning portraits for them.

The Photo Session

Kasha asked me if the bad weather would affect the photo session "only to the extent that it provides a creative opportunity!" I replied.

With light rain and fog, we started out by the municipal buildings worked our way across to the park in the Square.

Marietta Square

Marietta Square, which is really close to The Marietta Hilton and the Gone With the Wind Museum is a nice mix of old and new buildings. On quiet Sunday mornings the park offers so many unique backgrounds that are idea for Pre-wedding photography.

Creative Photography

I always look at the challenges, particularly with weather, as an opportunity to create something special for my clients. Having the right equipment and experience to photograph on difficult weather conditions is critical to success.

Wedding Venues in Marietta

A couple of great venues nearby that I haven't, but would love to shoot a wedding at. The Whitlock Inn, Marlow House and The Top Floor. If you are looking to hold your celebration around Marietta Square or The Marietta Hilton, please let me know - I would love to help you with the photography for the day.


Happy at Marietta Square Photo Session

Happy at Marietta Square Photo Session

Beautiful rainy day portrait of Kasha & Xavier

Beautiful rainy day portrait of Kasha & Xavier

All Smiles on Marietta Square!

All Smiles on Marietta Square!

5 Secrets to Selecting the Right Wedding Photographer

Are you recently engaged and starting to plan your wedding? Have you begun looking for the perfect close-to-home or destination wedding venue and wedding photographer? If yes, my post might help you with asking the right questions in selecting your ideal wedding day photographer.


Secret 1: Connecting

Speak with your prospective wedding photographer on the phone. On your wedding day you’ll both spend a lot of time with your photographer, so it’s really important that you connect and can work together. The phone is the perfect place to have that initial conversation. I offer a free Zoom/Skype consultation to discuss your needs and help you find the right level of photography coverage for your big day.


Secret 2: Style

The photographers style. Look at your prospective photographers wedding portfolio on his or her website. If you like the style ask a few questions about specific images. Questions like, the image with the tears on the brides cheek, how did you shoot that? The grooms boutonniere photo, at what time during the day was that shot? What style do you call this type of image? As a Certified Professional Photographer I will document your day as it naturally unfolds in. I have the skill and experience to adjust you, your bridal party and guests to get the most beautiful, natural looking images possible.


Secret 3: Portfolio

Ask to see a complete wedding day from a previous client. This is super easy to do with Skype or Zoom and you’ll be able to look at a complete day from start to finish and not just a select few of the images that are viewable on a website. Additionally, don’t be afraid to ask if the photographer shot the image or if it’s from a second shooter or an assistant. I always share with my couples which images were from second shooters that made the final edits that way they know they are getting what we agreed to when they hired me.


Secret 4: Cameras

What camera system do you use and what’s your favorite lens? Is a great question. Nikon has been my choice of camera systems for many years and I have a selection of cameras. and always bring back up cameras and equipment to weddings. Lenses are super important as the lens directs the image/light to the sensor, which usually means, higher quality lenses produce a superior image.

I have a wide selection of Nikon & Sigma lenses. I always bring some of my specialty lenses from other manufacturers like Sigma (the Sigma 50mm F1.4 Art is one of my favourites).

You should consider the genres of photography on your wedding day. From fashion, with the dress and grooms tuxedo etc., products, using macro lenses for rings, cufflinks etc. and back to products with shoes and of course portraits. Each one looks better when we use the lens designed for that type of photo.


Secret 5: Certification

It doesn’t hurt to ask if the photographer has any type of certification or other supporting credentials. The peace of mind knowing that your photographer has the craft and technical expertise to photograph your big day is priceless. Photography, like a lot of industries, continues to change with technology. Photographers who invest time in learning and continuing education are valuable not only to clients but also to the industry at large. I am a Certified Professional Photographer, CPP and a member of PPA. Being a CPP means I adhere to a strict code of conduct and I am accountable to PPA at all times. I continue to learn new things every day to better serve my clients.


If your prospective photographer checks all the boxes, I’m pretty sure he or she can shoot at any wedding venues, any weather or challenging situations to produce awesome photography that will document your day to perfection.


I hope my post helps you with selecting the right photographer for you both on your wedding day. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you might have.

I shot the posted wedding photographs at The Grande in Kennesaw

Rock Spring Presbyterian Church, Atlanta. Although I haven't shot weddings there, some of the photos remind of The Gardens at Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia and similar to Indigo Falls, Dallas Georgia

Bride and Groom on Rock Spring, Atlanta Church steps

Bride and Groom on Rock Spring, Atlanta Church steps

Smiling Groom getting boutonniere assistance

Smiling Groom getting boutonniere assistance

Happy Bride Twirling in the barn at The Grande In Kennesaw, Georgia

Happy Bride Twirling in the barn at The Grande In Kennesaw, Georgia

Excited, smiling Bride getting ready next a mirror

Excited, smiling Bride getting ready next a mirror

MARIETTA SQUARE GEORGIA - ROBYN & CHRIS' ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRPAHY SESSION

I met Robyn and Chris around 10 O'clock in the morning a few weekends ago in Marietta. The weather was absolutely perfect with just a very slight chill to the morning air. The plan was to start in the park and wander around chatting and see where the engagement photo session took us.

The Park in the Square
The park in the middle of the square was as charming as ever with flags everywhere. We shot by the fountain and with the stars and stripes as a backdrop.

Then we headed off to the side streets and alleys around Marietta Square which is a stones throw from the Hilton Atlanta/Marietta. I am always looking for interesting backgrounds like painted brick, old doorways, windows, colorful murals to create unique photos of my clients. With a bright sunny morning on hand we were on the lookout for beautiful light bouncing off walls and pavements to create stunning portraits for Robyn and Chris.


Gone with the Wind

During our session we found a great location with awesome light adjacent to The gone With the Wind Museum and we we able to capture some awesome images and later create some fantastic pieces of wall art and prints from our session.


I'm very excited for their 2019 wedding and I'm in hopes they'll choose a venue in the vicinity of Marietta Square for their wedding celebration and wedding day photography.

Message me if you have any questions or would like to schedule a free consultation. - Chris

Marietta Engagement Photography

Marietta Engagement Photography

Happy Couple Marietta Square Engagement Photos

Waterfalls and Engagement Shoots

Thought I would share some images from Danielle and Nick’s recent Engagement Shoot at an out of the way swimming hole and waterfall in North Georgia. It was a warm spring evening and the light by the waterfall was fading quickly, so I had to work fast. I added one large white reflector and an off camera Speed-light with a light defusing modifier just to open up the shadows a little. I carefully positioned them to capture the soft light and ambiance

Danielle and Nick were amazing, they looked great and we were able to shoot some really different and very cool images. They told me “the shoot was a lot of fun”, I agree, and “that they love the finished photographs”. For me, it really doesn't get much better than that.

Enjoy!  - Chris

Chris Cottrell, Atlanta, USA-based Professional Photographer

 Professional Photographer, families, weddings, portraits, people
 Professional Photographer, families, weddings, portraits, people
 Professional Photographer, families, weddings, portraits, people
 Professional Photographer, families, weddings, portraits, people