Engagement Style Guide - Let's show YOUR style!
Welcome to ANM team! Now, it's time to start thinking about your engagement session with the love of your life. OMG, what do we wear?!? I know I spent hours online shopping for the prefect piece to compliment myself and husband so I wanted to create a helpful, easy to understand Style Guide for BOTH guys and girls. Engagement pictures are the first start within the wedding photography process. It’s important you feel and look awesome. This is a chance for you and your fiancé to interact with each other while being photographed. Confidence is key! Look amazing. Feel amazing. Amazing love. Amazing images.
1) Look Amazing - What to Wear
For simple tips check out http://www.anmphoto.com/what-to-wear. Bring 2 outfits. A cute casual style & and a formal. Dress up for both.
GIRLS: Honestly - go shopping. There's nothing like that "wearing something new feeling". I LOVE light colored long flowy dress, bright cocktail dresses, or a simple white dress. Bring heels (heels elongate & tighten the legs - work it girl!) & flats for just walking around. Show off your (& his) favorite parts of your body. Also have hair & make up done! This make such a difference within the images. Plus you'll feel unstoppable. AND it's a great way to test out your vendors. I went through 4 different make-up artist before I found the right one.
GUYS: Honestly - communicate with your fiancé. Chances are she already has an idea. She might already have an outfit for you. You will also want to Bring 2 outfits. A manly casual style & and a formal. Dress up for both. Long sleeve button down with slacks, a tie/bow-tie, a cool hat, & matching belt and shoes. You can even add a vest, jacket or suspenders for that GQ look. Style your hair - shave/trim if needed.
2) Feel Amazing - Time to get snuggly
This is the time to show off your love!! I want to capture you at the height of happiness. Throughout your engagement session, I will ask you to stand here, place hand here, pop that leg, look into each other eyes, then the magic happens. You feel your heart raise with joy. That's what I want to capture.
GIRLS: Those butterflies inside - let them fly. Giggling - giggle harder. Smile - smile bigger. Be cute. Be sweet. Be sexy. Be in the moment. Think about how he proposed. Your first date. Your first kiss. Feel the strong bond between you and your forever love.
GUYS: I promise it will be ok! You can do this. Most guys have said to me that they are nervous to take pictures. Don't worry. It will feel like you are on a date with the girl of your dreams...well you are. Just like a date, you are the leader. Leaders are strong and set the tone. Hold her hand. Play with her hair. Kiss her on the check. My personal favorite, whisper something sweet to her. Hold her close & hold her tight. Wrap her up in your arms and it will feel like home.
3) Amazing love - Share your love story
Talk to me, because I'm definitely talking with you. I want you to schedule an engagement session because I want to get to know you as well as you get to know me. I want to know how y'all meet, the first date, how he proposed, how long y'all have been together. Any kids? Any pets? (BRING THEM TO THE SESSION). I want to be your friend as well as your professional wedding photographer.
GIRLS: I find it fun to ask questions. You could ask your man, "What’s your favorite thing about me? What's your favorite thing to do together?, ect..." These questions will make you feel awesome while learning more about your future husband.
GUYS: Share anything you'd like to. Maybe you were too shy to talk to her when before y'all first meet. Maybe you've had your eye on her for a while. (Insert sexy face emoji here). Maybe you want to care her on a dream vacation. Talk about it.
Well that's all folks! I think that about covers it. Please share with me in the comments section your personal experiences with engagements, or anniversary sessions. Share your own love story! Thanks for reading!