I had no idea where my year would take me and certainly not thinking television by any means! What?! That never ever crossed my mind. However after some incredibly sweet emails and a meeting at one of the prettiest venues in Arkansas I found myself agreeing to photograph this AMAZING couple’s engagement session. Jessica Mack a main cast member of the show Music City on CMT and she got married to the love her life Andreas Plackis this last year in the summer of 2018. She’s truly the sweetest tiniest little human on earth and I was so shy and nervous to meet her but she’s the kind of person who makes everyone feel so comfortable. We met to talk about her wedding and all involved and she asked me if I would be okay photographing their engagement session session on camera as part of an episode and I agreed (not even thinking about what that meant…I’m more the kind of person who likes to be behind a camera…not in front of it). However it all happened and we planned to photograph their beautiful love on camera at the walking bridge downtown Nashville Tennessee (one of my favorite places). Jessica didn’t know at the time but this place is also so special to me because on our tenth wedding anniversary my husband Josh re-proposed to me with a new wedding ring on that very same bridge. So it was so sweet to be there again creating beautiful images for a deserving couple. I absolutely adore them and I cannot wait to share more from their wedding. We laughed a lot and the light was absolutely stunning that day. I loved getting to know them more and getting to meet Dre for the first time. He is SO fun and makes us all laugh. They both have the most gorgeous smiles and I love them together. Be sure to check out the second season of their show Music City on CMT airing January 3rd 2019. You might catch a photographer you recognize in the trailer. :) Congrats Jessica and Dre!
I think ‘what do I wear to my engagement session’ is one of my most asked questions as a wedding and engagement session photographer. I wanted to put together an article that was as helpful as possible for any couples out there trying to figure out what will photograph best. So below I’m going to include beautiful photos of my couples that chose some outfits that photographed so well, represented their style and made them feel good. I’m going to also include the tips and tricks that I give all my couples that ask as well as a link to my engagement session Pinterest board for TONS of ideas! So here we go! Keep scrolling below to see all the good stuff.
Here is the tips and information I give all my couples for their session below. I include a link to my Pinterest board that has tons and tons of ideas, looks and locations from all over and all kinds of sessions.
Tips for your engagement session:
- more neutrals, softer colors and jewel tones tend to photograph best
- if you're able avoid wearing neon colors, super super bright coral pink or bright Christmas red...brighter bold colors reflect colors right back onto your skin and jawline that cannot be edited out. Colors are great just not the extreme neon color variations.
- long flowy fabrics are really beautiful on camera, textures, tones, consider layers, beautiful fabrics, structured dresses and tops
- for guys button downs and nice pants photograph best, they can change it up by adding a blazer, sweater, etc if that's their style
- if you're able try to avoid work boots or older tennis shoes...any other kinds of shoes are great just maybe not the tennis shoes you'd mow the lawn or work out in
- polo shirts don't photograph as well as the fabric tends to look a little sloppy on camera but button downs and plain t-shirts are great - other ideas are sweaters, henley t-shirts, blazers or vests
- your photographer will more than likely take photos of your hands if you’re engaged to show off the ring so it’s best to keep your hands tidy and clean and even get your nails done if you’d like
- I do recommend professional hair and makeup if you’re able because there is a way that hair and makeup artist apply makeup and fix your hair for camera that you cannot replicate unless you are a professional…they understand what translates well on camera more than we can see with our natural eye - you more than likely only do an engagement session once so it’s an investment you will absolutely love
- I personally give my couples up to 2-3 outfit changes and we photograph a session for up to two hours - all photographers vary but I love to give them options
- I try to choose two nearby locations that flow with my couples outfits unless they have a special location chosen for them
- I love to say do one casual outfit, a date night outfit and if you're feeling like you'd like to go all out you can do a dressier outfit like something you'd wear as a guest to a wedding to give your photos variety - you never know what will photograph best on you so options are always a good idea
More tips for you for your session!
- Try on your outfits and take some iPhone photos to see how they look on your phone camera first and see if you love how you look in them
- don’t get a spray tan too close to your session or you may have orange hands, elbows and streaks …you may also look too orange in your photos in general so I always say it’s best to get one a few days before your session if you’re able rather than the day before
- bring some champagne or wine to sip on during your session - mix it up and have picnic or bring a charcuterie board
- consider the entire vibe of your session and if your outfits will make sense in their location - you may not wear a full on suit and super high heels on a rough mountain top but maybe something a little dressier could be cute on a pathway to a pretty location - are you doing a downtown look? Maybe think of an outfit thats something you’d wear on a date night or a dressy outfit - are you on a boat? Maybe wear something classy but casual
- think of your season and your vibe
- if you’re warm and cozy and have warm personalities wear sweaters and jeans and pick cozy locations
- if you like warm tones wear warm tones and think of complimenting locations
- if you love cool fresh colors and pastels wear those! Wear colors you know look great on your skin and compliment each other
- don’t be afraid to be extra dressy if you like that and bring a fresh bouquet for fun with your dressy outfit
- BE YOURSELF
- Don’t wear an outfit that doesn’t represent you or that you don’t feel comfortable in - make sure your outfit fits well, isn’t too short or too tight so you don’t feel uncomfortable
- If you’re fun, then wear a fun bright print, if you’re cool and relaxed wear some cute cool outfits, don’t feel you have to be romantic and classic if you aren’t like that in your normal life
- you want to look back at your photos and feel like they don’t look like you!
- wear patterns and stripes and prints if you’d like
- be careful with tiny checkered prints and stripes as they can cause banding in photos so opt for large prints if you’re able
I hope you love these ideas and they they are helpful to you! Leave a comment if you have more ideas or thoughts on engagement session outfits and ideas.
This is Abby and Chris and just a few weeks before their wedding they had me travel down to Houston Texas to photograph a bridal session for Abby and we also did their first look and some bride and groom portraits. I loved this idea. It gave them a chance to get more photos of the two of them and work out some of their wedding nerves. We got to take portraits in a calm environment in idea lighting. Abby got a chance to see what she wanted to do with her wedding hair and it was just so much fun. They are basically little models so it was just a fun fun time! Loved their photos from this day. I can’t wait to share their wedding photos when we finish those.