Today, we have another expert on the blog teaching us how to get the most out of our engagement session images. This will ensure that the photos are timeless. Amy Mulder photography is on our blog today to share some tricks and tips on how you can get the images that you desire, regardless of the season.
Sometimes, you may not be able to take your engagement pictures in the exact season that you had envisioned. What do you do now? The dream must continue! Here are some tips on how you can still have your dream engagement photo even though it’s not the ideal time of year. Recently, I had a client who wanted summer pictures but we took their engagement photos in November. What can we do to create a summery look when the temperature is anywhere from 30-50 F with dead grass and bare trees? ”
We’ll break this down seasonally. It’s always the clothing that I start with.
FALL : The most straightforward. Earth tones, such as mustard, eggplants, mosses, browns and navy. For him, a smart suit and layers with a sweater are recommended. Dresses with high necks, turtlenecks or cowls. Maybe some high boots. You can do this later in the afternoon when the sun is warmer. Find a place in nature with high grasses and pines, but not so dense. These will add some browns and tones to your look. For the city, almost any color will do! Try dried flowers if you want florals! Add a cafe or blanket and get cozy.
SPRING : pastel colors and light layers on him. Half sleeves for her. Shoes in light colors, such as tan or ivory. No black. Take pictures in the early morning light. Professionally do your hair and makeup. Hair and makeup professionals can give you the best coloring for your hair, and the right hairstyle to showcase a springtime look. Again – soft colors. Choose a place where there is plenty of sunlight. If you’re in nature, make sure that you have tall grasses and other vegetation so that you don’t see any trees with bare branches or trees in deep green. If you’re around architectural structures, choose lighter colors. Avoid red brick. Make a bouquet with colors like pinks, purples or yellows. Include any extras that remind you of spring. A couple bought a light blue vintage bike that had a basket made of wicker. I brought in pink and ivory flowers, including lilies to decorate the basket. The temperature was 12F in January. She wore an ivory, sleeveless dress with matching tan shoes. Although she froze to death, her photos were still spring-like! We also offer tips to help you stay warm when you’re taking photos in less than ideal temperatures!
SUMMER : More color and bolder! For some photos, I’d always recommend a jacket and avoid shorts. Choose a light dress pant and brown, or colored, shoes. Wear a simple, clean top in white, or if you prefer, contrasting colors. Dresses are my choice for her. Strapless sleeves or no straps. Shoes with heels. Color is a good choice for all things. Jewellery can be helpful! Professional hair and make-up will help you achieve the look. The full sun is the best. Midday is the best time to go. Make sure your photographer knows how to use the sun. Choose a location where you will be able to enjoy the sun, but not have any trees or grass that is bare. Your photographer will be able to pull up the green of your grass if you already have enough. Even if you’re in the city, go for full sun! You can still see where you are without revealing the season. Flowers should be bright and fun.
WINTERING White, or black (my favourite for winter), for clothing. Faux fur and real fur are always classic pieces for winter. You can wear your black shoes now! Don’t be afraid to wear a bold lipstick. Again, I’d shoot midday. It shouldn’t be too hot or too cold. The city is willing to do almost anything in order to make it appear as if winter has arrived. Just avoid picking a place where people will be around that could give the impression that winter does not exist. Florals. It’s a great way to capture the winter season in photos. One of my brides wore a formal long-sleeved black dress and her husband wore a suit. When we placed red roses and evergreen trimmings in a bunch, it resembled Christmas. Keep your color scheme to reds, blacks, or whites. Winter color schemes that are classic.
I hope that when your engagement photos are taken, you will achieve the look you imagined in your mind for them. You have spent a lot of time and effort to create the perfect vision. Use these tips at any season of the year! ”