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WHAT TO WEAR - ENGAGEMENT PORTRAITSFAQ

Wondering what to wear for your engagement portraits?  It is one of the most difficult challenges when it comes time to step in front of the camera.  Here are some of our tips and tricks to make sure your outfits look flattering and visually interesting.
One of our favorite things is when our clients are not afraid to layer clothing in males and females. Layering offers an additional dimension, definition of your body shape and interest to your photos.
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Make sure you are dressing appropriately for the season in which your photos are taken. If it is winter, layer up! If it is summer dress in lighter clothing. It may be wise for men to avoid long sleeves and suit jackets during summer months. If weather is expected to be hot bring along extra clothes in case you perspire and stain your clothing, it’s always good to have back up’s!
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We encourage our clients not be afraid of bright colors or patterns. If you love patterns and bright colors EMBRACE IT!!!  You can always mix a bright with a neutral if you are afraid of all over color.
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Make sure the colors you are wear are complimentary but not matching. We warn against wearing white shirts and jeans or something to that liking as we prefer you not end up on an awkward family photo blog!
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If you are going to buy new clothes make sure you buy silhouettes that you know flatter your body. We suggest staying away from the loose clothing. An outfit that is tailored or cinched and emphasizes the smalls part of your waist is always flattering.
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When in doubt, go with what you love!  Wear things that make you feel pretty and are complimented by your friends.  We love this quote by one of our REAL brides:
“Like most brides, I did tons of research and read lots articles about what to wear for your engagement session. When the time came to pick an outfit, I threw the advice out the window and did what I thought would be best. I was sadly mistaken. The best advice I can give you is to dress like the girl your fiance fell in love with. He didn’t fall in love with a picture in a magazine. Wear what you know looks good on you, not someone else. Don’t use this time to break out new styles or trends. Be YOU.”
-Heather
So get to shopping, raid your own closet and start planning your engagement portrait outfits!  When in doubt reach out to us for help by shooting us over some photos of the looks you are considering.  Remember that you will need 2 outfits for a 2 hour session and 1 outfit for a 1 hour or mini shoot.  For further ideas and inspiration see our Pinterest board of engagement photos.

First Looks – Pro’s & Con’sFAQ

Sticking to tradition or throwing it out the window? Seeing one another before the ceremony is a big decision for today’s brides.  When asked this question by my couples, I have one simple bit of advice:  Be Authentic.  That is my answer to many questions so let me explain.

It is your day, your vision, your romance and as a bride and groom everything about your day should reflect you as a couple.  When it comes to first looks, sights, glances (so many names for this trend!) you should do what feels right and makes sense for your desired photography.

That is all well and good; but why would doing it one way over the other make more sense to you?  Here are some pro’s and con’s from a photographers perspective for you to weigh when making your choice.

Pro’s

  • Are either of you the nervous type or get flustered in front of large crowds?  At the thought of being the center of attention do your turn green?  If you (or your spouse to be) suffers from anxiety or some major nerves seeing each other beforehand takes the edge off.  Besides, you have picked this person to spend the rest of your life with!  They are probably the best cure to those anxious feelings and being apart just seems unnatural.
  • Get to the party faster! Guests can enjoy a short cocktail hour and then on to the party.  Why?  Because with a first sight most (if not all) of your formal photography can be accomplished prior to your guests arriving at the ceremony.
  • Location, location, location!  Seeing each other early sometimes means capturing daylight in the winter months before your evening ceremony, visiting a favorite spot, adding variety to your images by changing locations and having a relaxing time doing so (no rushing!)
  • Emotional responses and plenty of time to twirl in your gown and let that guy gush over your wedding day look.  Hug, smile, kiss, laugh and actually get to talk to each other when you see one another (during a ceremony you might get a whisper in – no major conversation until that ring is on!)

Con’s

  • You’re a traditional kinda girl/guy.  It’s ok – if this is you then skip right on down to saying no to this trend.  If you love all things time honored and true you may regret stepping out of your box this time.
  • You are having a BIG split of time on your wedding day (think hours between the wedding and reception.)  If this is the case, all the pro’s above are null and void – you have so much time in between to take photos that you can be leisurely about it.

I love first looks – they make MY day easier because as a photographer we get tons of time to play and take photos.  But it is YOUR day, like I said.  Be authentic in your choices and in the end you will be pleased with your wedding and your photography!

-Tracy Autem

Check out these two very different first sights.  A blindfold reveal or a historic hotel balcony – a first look is tailored to your day and your preferences.

 

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Lightly Photography 2015 http://lightlyphoto.com

Lightly Photography 2015 http://lightlyphoto.com

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Wedding Holy Trinity Catholic Church Melrose Warwick Hotel Dallas Texas Classic Wedding Amanda McCollu Lightly Photography-020

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Wedding Holy Trinity Catholic Church Melrose Warwick Hotel Dallas Texas Classic Wedding Amanda McCollu Lightly Photography-023

Wedding Holy Trinity Catholic Church Melrose Warwick Hotel Dallas Texas Classic Wedding Amanda McCollu Lightly Photography-026

 

 

First Looks – Pros & Cons

Sticking to tradition or throwing it out the window? Seeing one another before the ceremony is a big decision for today’s brides.  When asked this question by my couples, I have one simple bit of advice:  Be Authentic.  That is my answer to many questions so let me explain.

It is your day, your vision, your romance and as a bride and groom everything about your day should reflect you as a couple.  When it comes to first looks, sights, glances (so many names for this trend!) you should do what feels right and makes sense for your desired photography.

That is all well and good; but why would doing it one way over the other make more sense to you?  Here are some pro’s and con’s from a photographers perspective for you to weigh when making your choice.

Pro’s

  • Are either of you the nervous type or get flustered in front of large crowds?  At the thought of being the center of attention do your turn green?  If you (or your spouse to be) suffers from anxiety or some major nerves seeing each other beforehand takes the edge off.  Besides, you have picked this person to spend the rest of your life with!  They are probably the best cure to those anxious feelings and being apart just seems unnatural.
  • Get to the party faster! Guests can enjoy a short cocktail hour and then on to the party.  Why?  Because with a first sight most (if not all) of your formal photography can be accomplished prior to your guests arriving at the ceremony.
  • Location, location, location!  Seeing each other early sometimes means capturing daylight in the winter months before your evening ceremony, visiting a favorite spot, adding variety to your images by changing locations and having a relaxing time doing so (no rushing!)
  • Emotional responses and plenty of time to twirl in your gown and let that guy gush over your wedding day look.  Hug, smile, kiss, laugh and actually get to talk to each other when you see one another (during a ceremony you might get a whisper in – no major conversation until that ring is on!)

Con’s

  • You’re a traditional kinda girl/guy.  It’s ok – if this is you then skip right on down to saying no to this trend.  If you love all things time honored and true you may regret stepping out of your box this time.
  • You are having a BIG split of time on your wedding day (think hours between the wedding and reception.)  If this is the case, all the pro’s above are null and void – you have so much time in between to take photos that you can be leisurely about it.

I love first looks – they make MY day easier because as a photographer we get tons of time to play and take photos.  But it is YOUR day, like I said.  Be authentic in your choices and in the end you will be pleased with your wedding and your photography!

-Tracy Autem

Owner & Photography

Check out these two very different first sights.  A modern hotel balcony or the center aisle of your ceremony site – a first look is tailored to your day and your preferences.

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