Updated: Apr 20
Hi-low skirts totally pick up wind easily, and gives incredible movement in a photograph. Think about when you're walking down stairs in hi-lows. It just billows and picks up wind, and personally I feel like a diva/queen. That confidence and feeling of being magical will 100% make an appearance in your shoot. I love teaming up my hi-low with a cute off-the-shoulder top. Again, I am a fan of patterns so I keep my top just a solid color, however if you have a hi-low and it only is one solid color, a little playful with the print on the top! (FYI, these were
Thank you for joining me for another blog. For those of you who don't know me, I am Erika Stewart, the owner and lead photographer of It Clicks Photo. I started photographing basically when I began walking. I would always take my mom's Instamatic camera (she still has it!!) and used all the film. Later on, I would ask for a disposable camera every time we were in Arbor Drugs (now CVS) and would get one every other trip. Eventually, when my parents bought a digital camera for the family in 2004, I took that over, too. Needless to say, I've always had a camera by my side.
Fun fact: When I applied for college, I was going for Radiology- still image taking, but in a health care division which made my parents happy. I quickly realized it was not for me, and the only thing I enjoyed from the program was the chemistry classes. When I found out Grand Valley State University had a photography degree, and the first 2 years you learned in film, the darkroom process, and hands-on film developing (chemistry!!) I dropped all my radiology classes, and switched my major... withouut consulting my parents. Whoopsie! They weren't happy at first, but after a month or so after breaking the news to them, my mom gifted me yet another camera, and left me with these words, "Make me proud."
7 years after earning my degree, and 9 wedding seasons later I'm here to tell you the advice I give all my couples when it comes to picking out their engagement outfits! Yay you!!
So without further ado, Let's dive in!
Six pieces of clothing for your engagement shoot
Here's the best part, most of these you probably already have in your closet!
Before we completely begin, I want to add really quickly, this article is mainly for the women. I will make another blog at a later time for the fellas! Hang in there, I promise I will get to you.
Oh!! one other thing, and this is REALLY IMPORTANT! Remember, this engagement shoot is for you to express your love and to have a lot of fun/ feel out your photographer. This is basically a trial run to make sure you and your photog mesh well, and for you to be utterly the most "you" ever! If you want to get photos back that you're head over heels about, let loose, let your personality shine, don't feel too awkward, and overall, have the best time! If you have a favorite outfit (that aren't not pajamas or leggings) wear it! If you have any insecurities, let your photographer know. It will get the uneasiness out, and he/she can look out for your "areas" you're not a fan of.
1. Flirty Romper
Rompers are fricken great for something adorable. I especially am a fan of prints on rompers, or ones that have a little ruffle and frill. They are fresh, easy to move in, great to accessorize, and bonus! MOST have pockets! I love shopping Modcloth for my rompers because they are always the most adorable patterns, great quality, and soft. If you're not a fan of how rompers look on you, take a peep at some items you have with patterns- whether it is a subtle pinstripe or faint flower. To me, a romper speaks easiness, yet fashionable, and this is something so key to your engagement shoot.
2. Hi-low Skirt
Hi-low skirts totally pick up wind easily, and gives incredible movement in a photograph. Think about when you're walking down stairs in hi-lows. It just billows and picks up wind, and personally I feel like a diva/queen. That confidence and feeling of being magical will 100% make an appearance in your shoot. I love teaming up my hi-low with a cute off-the-shoulder top. Again, I am a fan of patterns so I keep my top just a solid color, however if you have a hi-low and it only is one solid color, the print on the top! (FYI, these were Target finds. Tar-jay for the win!)
3. Black-and-white outfit
So, the skirt I have is something you probably don't have in your closet (shiny, pleaded, and
silver) which is fine!
side note: This skirt was actually a hand-me-down from one of my favorite friends, Shawn. She saw one of her brides wear it to her dress fitting, and LOVED it.
Overall, the feeling is there of keeping it clean, classic, and yet- still fun. I love dressing down the look with flats, or keds. Gives you freedom to run, jump, and climb without being restricted. Have fun with it! Movement is key!
4. Your favorite dress
That's right- your favorite dress. There's something about wearing your favorite piece of clothing that just helps you feel best. You know how it fits, you probably know what angles are best in it, and you're known for it. Own it and rock it! This cutie was found at a local boutique, Nava. So. In. LOVE with it!
5. Flowy, easy breezy dress
I love when cute dresses aren't tight and sway when you move- again- movement is key! Feel
free to add in a dress that's far more casual and gives you a boho vibe. You will want a little balance of outfits for your shoot. All formal will give you just one straight-
forward feeling. Adding something like this to your shoot will give you options on photos, even if it's just a "happy birthday" picture for later on. Trust me on this, add in a little bit of the boho vibe, and you won't regret it. Again, a Nava find ;)
6. Impulse bought items
You know those pieces you have in your closet- maybe it was an impulse buy because you thought it was just so cute and you couldn't leave without it- NOW IS YOUR TIME! A key to skirt (or a chiffon pant) and a cool pattern top. Your accessories should be a little over-the-top and don't be afraid of color! The impulse outfits we have are the outwardly loud clothing that represents us. Now is the time to rock it than during your shoot! Like I said before listing the items out, being you and having your personality pumped into your outfits is KEY! I bought this skirt at Regeneration unsure if I would ever ever wear it (it's a pale pink maxi- but I needed it) and the top is from good ole' Kohls.
Last few notes as take-aways: If you are doing your shoot outdoors, try to avoid a ton of green. You want to stand out, look and feel your best. I think choosing your outfits from things you already own is smart because you know 100% how it fits, how it feels, and how it moves. If you do end up buying something new, do it a few weeks beforehand, and give it a test run a few times. Have fun! Keep your personality present, and being "too over the top" is NOT a thing! Jam your FAVORITE songs on your way to location, and shake off all the nerves. You've got this, and you're going to love your shoot <3
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