Are engagement pictures necessary?

Are engagement pictures necessary?

Are engagement pictures necessary?

 

Hello and welcome to my engagement shoot related blog post. One of the questions that I get asked by my clients/couples on a regular basis is:

“Are engagement pictures important?”

I’d say yes because an engagement shoot is a perfect introduction of what to expect from a photographer during your wedding which will be one of the most important days of your life. Also this is a great opportunity to get familiar with your wedding photographer, an important guest who is capable of delivering natural, beautiful imagery retelling your story in a unique and special way. Someone you must be comfortable with. And someone you have to trust blindly!

Knowing and liking your wedding photographer is of paramount importance and hugely contributes to the success of your big day. Also, it should help you focus on the real reason you’re having a wedding, each other.

One of the main reasons to book an engagement photography photoshoot is to reassure you that you are in safe hands. I always like to meet the couples beforehand so we can get to know each other. Think of it as laying the foundation stage of the important trust that is required between a couple and their wedding photographer.

 

 

What is the point of engagement pictures?

 

This is your special time. Remember, that many people feel uncomfortable and anxious in front of the camera. Unfortunately, this is usually visible in the photographs which as a result are far from being natural. Engagement session will help eliminate this. It might be your chance to practice and get comfortable in front of the camera. Remember that your photographer will be there to help you feel at ease while capturing your priceless, intimate moments. Seeing edited photos from session before your wedding will also serve as a reassurance that you’ve made a right choice.

Personally, I tend to spend a while with my clients so they both feel 100% natural and relaxed before we commence the session. Location might help to ease the tension. Therefore, you should choose the location that is important to you. Generally, my clients find that being outside tends to result in a much more relaxed experience. Most importantly, natural light is a powerful feature in itself and a vital ingredient in creating beautiful, timeless pictures. Clearly win-win combination!

Also it is worth remembering that engagement session actually is a celebration of you two. Your quality time together. Your chance to take step back, indulge in yourselves and shine. And I always feel privileged if I can share it with you. Overall, this shoot is much more relaxed experience for you than wedding itself and the resulting imagery will have a completely different feel to your wedding day photos. Ideally they should reflect your personality and show your feelings towards each other. Sadly, these photoshoots, which can be classified as a professional couple photoshoot, are very often overlooked but definitely worth doing.

 

What to wear to a location photoshoot?

What to wear to a location photoshoot?

What should you wear to a location photoshoot?

So here we are. My very first blog post.  The Idea behind writing blogs is very simple: I want to create informative posts which will answer, in detail, some of the frequently asked questions that my clients might have.

Probably the one I get asked the most is:

“What should I wear for an outdoor photoshoot?” and often more specifically “what colours work best for photos?”.

Many people want to understand what colours to wear to a photoshoot. And generally this is a good start as the right colours can make or break a good photograph. Outdoor portrait photography is by far my favourite discipline. I love the incredible selection of beautiful backgrounds on offer. Therefore an outdoor session results in creative and beautiful portraits. Most importantly natural light is a powerful feature in itself and a vital ingredient in the creation of beautiful, timeless pictures.

People have favourite colours so understanding a little bit of colour theory will help you make the right decisions for clothing on your portrait session.  Let me explain the basics to you.

Colour wheel

Please have a look at the colour wheel below. The colour wheel was invented in 1666 by Isaac Newton; the colour spectrum is mapped onto a circle. The colour wheel forms the basis of colour theory because it shows the relationship between colours. An idea is to use certain groups of colours that have specific relationships with each other on the wheel.  This results in a great contrast of colours and generally works best for photography.

 

 

 

How to read the colour wheel

First of all let’s have a look at the diagrams showing how to actually read the colour wheel in order to pick the right colours that will work best together. I am going to focus on 3 ways of reading the wheel.
 

Complementary method

The first suggestion is think about the complementary method. The idea is to pick up the colours that are on opposite sides of the wheel. As a result this  combination provides a high contrast and high impact combination. For example if you pick up blue, the complementary colour would be orange, etc. Balance between primary and complementary colour is also something that needs to be considered.

 
 

Monochromatic method

This method is based on a variation of a single colour. Be it shades, tones or tints of one colour. A monochromatic scheme tends to create a relaxing and delicate feel. Overall it provides a subtle and conservative color combination and can result in a harmonious look.

 

 

 

Split complementary method

The split complementary colour method  is a variation of the complementary colour scheme. In addition to the main colour, it uses two colours adjacent to its complementary colour. For example if you pick up blue, split complementary colours for blue are yellow and orange. Overall this colour scheme features less contrast making it more pleasing for the eye.

 

There is lot of different combinations that should work pretty well and your final decision will be based on what colours you do personally prefer and what is in your wardrobe 😉
 
Also it would be great if you could change your outfits between indoors and outdoors on a location shoot. This might be a little extra hassle for you I know but it should produce two sets of photos that will look as if they were taken on a different occasion. For an indoor session pastels and neutral colours would be the best choice.
 

What not to wear in photographs?

So having told you what works let’s quickly cover some of the clothes that don’t look good in portrait photography.
 
  • Colours to avoid: try to avoid white on a sunny day and blacks are very draining and lack shape in photographs.
  • Pastels: always look and work well but make sure everyone is wearing similar shades.
  • Patterns: might can be distracting so best to avoid and tight stripes or dots create the moire effect that you see on TV.
  • Logos: also very distracting so best to avoid because the human eye will be drawn to letters and symbols.
  • Characters: Disney or Marvel characters are popular with kids but they will grow out of this phase and you want the photos to be timeless!