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Engagement Photo Shoot 101

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Style and Plan your Outfit

We recommend finding an outfit that suits your personality but also compliments your style. Allocating time to select a wardrobe will leave you happier with your end result. Last minute rushing provides stress and effects your overall experience. We encourage you to consult with us on options such as colours and accessories.

Dress:

  • Wear solid colours. Stripes and patterns can reflect attention away from your face.
  • Avoid turtlenecks and large loose clothing, this can eliminate the neck and make the body look wider that it actually is.
  • Capris and shorts can make the legs appear to be shorter.
  • We suggest, bringing at least two to three different outfits to your engagement shoot, and this way we can guide you on our recommendations.

Colours:

  • Solid monochromatic colours are the easiest to coordinate.
  • Primary or complementary colours look great and bring energy to your photograph.
  • Dark colours allow the subject to appear thinner meanwhile lighter colours will make the subjects appear larger.
  • Dark jeans or pants with dark shoes provide texture and anchor your portrait.
  • When selecting a colour scheme consider what colours will shine best for wall portraits and complement your home.

Accessorize:

  • Less is more.
  • Avoid hats, hair decorations and costume jewellery. If it does not distract from the main subject it can be used.

Footwear: 

  • Skip running shoes, white socks, and bulky footwear. We recommend considering fashionable boots, sandals or bare feet for casual photos.

Props:

  • A great way to add personality to your engagement photo.

 

 

PERFECT YOUR MAKE-UP

Looking your best for your photographs doesn’t require a makeup artist but professional makeup advice. The camera has the tendency to exaggerate flaws and create artificial ones. These simple makeup tips will enhance your final product.  One key element is to remember images are two-dimensional, therefore shadows and highlighted areas may need to be emphasized, de-emphasized or even simulated, for the best result.

Prepare Your Skin:

  • Your skin is your canvas, a smooth, toned and moisturized surface.
  • Give yourself a facial or exfoliating treatment, allowing your natural glow to shine through.
  • Proper preparation will minimize the appearance of a uneven makeup application.

Reduce Shadows:

  • Photos are two-dimensional, unfortunately the camera ages the subject by enhancing dark, fine lines and wrinkles. We correct this by applying a lighter shade of concealer to the darker areas reducing the shadows. The general areas are: around the eyes, crevices and expression lines.
  • Apply a light layer of foundation; select a colour that matches your natural skin colour. Don’t forget to apply foundation to your lips as it acts as a base for your lip colour.  Blend your foundation ( at the edges). Set your foundation with a translucent loose powder.

Bronze or Blush:

  • Bronzer and Blush can be use to create various effects.
  • Bronzer can enhance a natural or lightly sculpted look. Applying bronzer to the side of the nose will act as a contour minimizing the width.
  • Blush enhances your check bones, bringing a healthy glow to your pictures. Apply gently to the cheek bones and above the outer corners of the temple.

Eyes and Lines:

  • We recommend avoiding harsh lines or the racoon look, as this makes the eyes appear smaller and deeper set.
  • If you like this look try softening this look with a smoky colored eyeliner pencil, and smudge a bit if necessary.
  • Liquid eyeliner we encourage you to only apply to the top eyelid.
  • Applying smokey eye shadows in the crease of the eyelid and blending to the outer corners of the eyes also creates a desirable effect.
  • When selecting eyeshadows make sure they have a matte finish as they photograph best.
  • Highlight your brow area with a matte light shadow to enhances the effect of the smokey eye.

Lips:

  • Define your lips with a pencil.
  • Pick a shade or two darker than your lip colour, smudge your lip pencil in and apply gloss or lipstick.
  • To enhance a pouty look apply a lighter lip colour or gloss in the centre of the lips.

Eyebrows:

  • We recommend getting your eyebrows shaped a few days before as they affect your facial expression.
  • Use an eyebrow pencil to enhance your shape and fill in any areas.