Stylish Engagement Shoots

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As a stylist, some of my favorite shoots to work on are engagement shoots. I love helping brides- and grooms-to-be decide what to wear and how to pose for their special photos — it’s their chance to capture who they are as a couple and share it with their family and friends. Here are a few of my favorite tips:

Be Yourself
If you and your hubby-to-be are adventurous and love to dress up, getting your glam on is a great way to go.  However, you want to make sure that the photos embody your personalities. Wear a cardigan with pearls, or a cowboy boots with skinny jeans, if that’s more you. Incorporate fun props or cute signs to up the fun factor.

Keep it Simple
Don’t choose an outfit packed with prints. Busy clothing takes away from the main focus of the picture: you and your fiancé. If you really love leopard or can’t live without stripes, add a scarf or a few patterned bangles instead of looking like a jungle cat from head to toe.

Choose Pieces that Flatter
We all have things we don’t love about our bodies — choosing flattering silhouettes can make a difference. This doesn’t mean you should hide your body in a baggy, shapeless tent. Instead, opt for clean lines and figure-flattering pieces that accentuate the positives. Don’t love your arms? Pick a top with sleeves. Have a little tummy? Try an a-line dress with a belt at the waist.

Know Your Location
If you’re going to be photographed on the beach or in a field, leave the sky-high Louboutins at home. Avoid fabrics that will catch sand and dirt, or get damaged by the water (i.e. tulle or silk satin). Also, if it’s going to be a hot summer day and you’re shooting outdoors, avoid that long-sleeve turtleneck. Sweaty sweethearts = not cute.

This doesn’t mean you should wear head-to-toe denim duds circa Britney and Justin at the 2001 American Music Awards. Just make sure you and your beau are on the same page when it comes to your photo fashion. Avoid clashing colors and discuss what you’d like the feel of the shoot to be.

Editor’s note: Julie DiGiovine is a stylist in the Boston area. Previously, she worked for Vera Wang in Boston. She offers styling services through her company, The Stylish One, and is teaming with Whim Events in 2013 to offer bridal packages to their clients.

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