Dressing for Your Engagement Shoot in all Seasons
Another day, another expert teaching us all about how to really get the best from our Engagement Session images so we're left with photographs that stand the test of time. Today we have Amy Mulder Photography on the blog talking us through some tips and cheats on getting the seasonal images you want, not necessarily the season you're in...
"Sometimes, the season in which you find yourself ready for engagement photos is not the season you have always dreamed of them being taken in. So what do you do? Keep the dream alive!! I am going to give some helpful pointers on how to still get your perfect engagement photos even if it is not your ideal season. I recently had a bride who desperately wanted summer photos, but it was November when we did their engagement photographs. How do we create the look of summer when it was anywhere between 30-50F with bare trees and dying grass?"
Let’s break it down by season. I always start with clothing, it says it all, doesn’t it?
FALL: Perhaps the most straight forward. Earth colors for attire, mustard, eggplant, moss, browns, burgundy, navy, etc. A smart suit for him as well as layers including a sweater. A dress with a high, cowl or turtle neck. Perhaps some tall boots. For this, you can go later in the day when the sun has warmer tones. For location in nature, find some where with tall grasses or pines that are not too dense. They will give some of the browns and tans to add to the look. For city almost anything will work! If you are opting for florals, try dried flowers! Get cozy with these, add in a blanket or cafe and snuggle up.
SPRING: Pastel colors, light layers for him, half sleeves dress for her. Light colored shoes, tan, ivory, maybe brown - no blacks. Photograph earlier in the morning when the light is cooler toned. Have your makeup and hair professionally done. The hair and makeup artists will be able to give you the perfect coloring and hair to show off a spring time look! Again - soft colors. Pick a location where you can be in the sunlight, and if you are in nature, have tall grasses or similar so you can not see any bare trees or fully leaved deep green trees. Or if you are around architecture, make sure it is lighter in color. Stay away from red brick. Have a bouquet made with pinks, yellows, or purples. Add in any little extra things that make you specifically think of spring. Years ago I had a couple purchase a vintage light blue bike with a wicker basket and I brought pinks and ivory flowers - including lilies - to put in the basket. It was January and about 12F outside. But I talked through everything with her and she wore a just above knee length ivory dress that was sleeveless and tied at the neck along with tan heels. She froze, but she had her springtime looking photographs! (We also have tips on how to keep you warm if you are photographing during in-ideal temperatures!)
SUMMER: Bolder and more color! I would always suggest a suit jacket for some of the photos for him, and I would stay away from shorts. Pick a lighter dress pant, brown or even colored shoes, white or simple and clean color up top. For her I would go with dresses for all outfits. Sleeveless or strapless. Heels for shoes. Again, go with some color for everything. Jewelry can also help! Again, professional hair and makeup, they will create the perfect look. Full sun, hands down. Go midday when the sun is at its highest - and make sure you have a photographer that understands how to photograph using the sun. Pick areas where you can be out in the full sun but that you can not see any bare trees or dying grass. If you have enough green in the grass, your photographer can still pull that green up more to make it look like a fresh lawn. If you are in a city, still go for that full sunshine! Find areas where you can see the location you are in without giving away what season you are in. Florals should be fun and bright.
WINTER: White or (my favorite for winter) black for clothing. Real fur or faux fur is always a classic winter piece. This is where you can finally wear those black shoes! Get bold with your lipstick, don’t shy away from a deep red! I would again shoot in midday sun. Not too cool, not too warm. Again, city will work for almost anything to give appearance for winter - just do not pick a location that would potentially have people around you that will give away that it is not winter! Florals. This can be the perfect way to show ‘winter’ in your photographs. For one of my brides, I had her wear a long black formal dress with shoulder wrapped sleeves and he wore a black suit. So when we put red roses with evergreen clippings in a bouquet, it looked just like Christmas. Stay within reds, whites, blues or blacks. Classic winter color combinations.
"I hope when you have your engagement photographs taken you can achieve the perfect look that you have created in your head for them! It is a vision you have worked so hard on wanting to capture, so take any of these tips and have your dream season any time of the year!!"
You can see more of Charleston based Amy Mulder Photography's work on her website and drool over the beautiful film images!
Photography: Amy Mulder Photography