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

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.

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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.

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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


Wedding Photography Under $2,000

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.



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.

Imagine Your Perfect Wedding Day Photographed by Cottrell Photographers

Can you imagine the most perfect Wedding of your dreams? I have everything organized and under control, there’s no stress as I, deftly begin to document your day.

My wedding day photography packages start with a complimentary consultation that’s most often followed by an Engagement Photo Session. I really enjoy these as they allow us time to get to know each other and discuss your wedding venue and day in a more relaxed setting.

"We love all the photos! and Chris was such a fun photographer to work with. I would highly recommend him to any other couple getting married!" - Anna Cowart

I arrive early on your wedding day and by then I have usually contacted your other vendors to see if there’s anything I can help them with to make the day run smoothly. My first thing is to start in the bridal suite with getting hair, makeup shots and all the laughs as you start the day with your friends and family.

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The groom and groomsman are my next stop and I shoot them getting ready, messing around just being guys I guess! If the situation is right I usually take them outside and get some fun, stunning photographs of him with his best friends.

Then I take a little time to shoot your wedding gown, shoes, the rings, cufflinks, flowers, something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and any other details that you would like to have part of your memories of the day.

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Back to the bridal suite to get the final touches of getting ready, getting into the dress and all the help you’ll be getting with that. I also like to document you with your Mum, sisters, close friends and really capture the love and closeness of your wedding day.

If a first look is on the cards this is where we do that part. I’ll work with you both and the event coordinator to really make this a special part of your day for you both to remember and enjoy.

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On to the ceremony, I usually speak with the Minister or officiant before hand to make sure there are no restrictions for you. Being a very quiet and unobtrusive photographer, I quietly get all the details, rings going on to fingers, tear drops on the guests cheeks, the worried groom’s expression, First Kiss and more.

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I love the first alone moments as a married couple. We’ll go off alone for about 20 minutes, catch your breath! and then we'll create some awesome portraits of you both. These images will be your first heirloom art for your new family…I love this part!!

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"Our pictures are beyond perfect! Chris is an amazing artist/photographer. I am so pleased. They are so beautiful. Everyone loves them! Thank you." - J. Lopez

The reception and the first dances, cake cutting, speeches and bouquet toss will all be confidently photographed as the evening unfolds. I love to create different looks for your Wedding Reception guests and often work closely with the DJ or band to pull off something unique for you.

Sadly, all good things come to an end! Happily though I’ll cover you leaving through confetti storms, bubbles, sparklers, bird seeds or what ever your guests throw at you both for good luck!! I’ll end with you leaving in your vehicle.

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Every wedding I shoot includes a professionally designed, custom wedding album and an online gallery.

There are only a certain number of weekends available for me to shoot weddings each year. As you can imagine, being one of the few PPA Certified Professional Photographers, (which means I adhere to a strict code of professional conduct ensuring satisfaction and I'm accountable to the organization at all times), as you can imagine my weekend schedule can get filled up quickly.

The next step is to click the “See if your date is available” button! It doesn't cost a penny to check. Once we have established my availability I'll put together a photography package that you'll both love because it will be uniquely you and just what you have been dreaming of for years.

Your wedding day is all about having a wonderful time with your favorite people. You don’t care about formalities, or the little things that often don’t matter – you just want to have an awesome time with your favorite people.

If this sounds like you, and you don’t think I’m a total crazy Brit (or maybe you do and you like it!) then get in touch!

Atlanta Wedding Photography for Under $2000

Have you recently gotten engaged? And are looking for Certified Professional, Atlanta Wedding Photographers for under $2,000, then you are in the right place and I can help!

Your wedding day is yours to design, create, execute, enjoy, celebrate and keep the memories forever and all kept on budget! I have created wedding photography packages that are completely customizable to your needs - and budget.

If you are looking for a weekday or weekend photography and a nice collection of elegant, classic, emotion-filled wedding photos. You would like to print some of the photos to display in your home to remind you of the love your share and your big day. Plus the option to order wall art, prints and albums that fit your life-style and needs.

Hi, I'm Chris Cottrell, Certified Professional Wedding Photographer and owner of Cottrell Photographers in Kennesaw, Georgia Just north of Atlanta. I offer affordable wedding photography for Atlanta couples who love the photographic process. If you enjoy lookng at black and white as well as color, timeless, romantic, emotion filled photographs that are affordable and easy to get, read on.


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I am a PPA (Professional Photographers of America) Certified Professional Photographer delivering quality wedding photography and you can book me for under $2,000.

I can cover your all the things that are important to you. The ceremony, getting ready, rings, dress and shoes details and styled family and bridal party portraits are all included. Your first romantic photographs as Newly Weds, immediately after the ceremony and before the reception. All this and more is included in one of my under $2,000 collections.


Why you should hire Atlanta's Chris Cottrell, Certified Professional Wedding Photographer

Experience

Getting married is so exciting, such fun, and sometimes a little daunting. From looking for the perfect wedding venue, finding the wedding dress of your dreams and choosing your wedding day photographer, it's a lot to think about. With my relaxed, quiet, style you’ll forget I’m there quietly documenting the day as it unfolds. An experienced, PPA Certified Professional Photographer adn Atlanta Wedding Photographer, I can make you look and feel beautiful and make you both shine on your big day. I have a knack of capturing all the emotions of the day, tears, laughter, sighs, loving hugs and more forever.

A $500 retainer reserves me for your wedding day photography. I keep things organized, punctual and I'm always available to answer any questions you both might have.

About me

The thing I love most about wedding photography is being around lots of people, family members, close friends and loved ones. Being British and creative I bring a different perspective to my photography. I’ve been told my British sense of humor shows in the images, however I am very serious about my craft.

I love the creative outlet that photography gives me access to. I love working out and love to run and have completed the Boston Marathon four times. Some of my favorite things in the world are my wife, kids & family, our 2 rescue Pugs “Bodie & Spanky”, old tee shirts, jeans, cowboy boots, tea, coffee a decent IPA. I love movies, binge watching TV shows and looking at art, listening to all kinds of music and of course a good laugh with friends new and old! to name a few.

Timeless Photographs

All of my wedding collections include a custom designed, wedding album for you both and your future generations to enjoy forever.

Each photograph is a visual reminder of a precise moment in time on your Wedding Day, beautifully captured for you and your families to enjoy forever. My photographs are tack sharp, artistically composed, colored to perfection and will visually stand the test of time for you and your love ones. 

My heirloom quality wedding albums and prints are created by the leading photography trade labs using the finest materials available and designed for you to open and look at time after time for decades and decades to come.

How do I Book You?

I know I'm not the wedding photographer for everyone, however, if you love being with your family and close friends and treasure those moments. If you love creating lasting memories with quality photography at any wedding venue you like and you love the idea of having a stress-free wedding day - I may be the right photographer for you.

If you laugh a lot, are affectionate and love being together. If you love to look at prints and would rather hold large wedding album in your hands than look at it on a computer, then I'm the wedding photographer for you.

And of course you're super excited about finding an Atlanta Wedding Photographer for under $2,000 then I would love to talk with you to see if I can help make it happen! Click here to book a 15 minute FREE consultation