Fashion Tips from a Fashion Pro on What to Wear for Your Engagement Photos!
Guest writer- Kristi Brooks, Celebrity Fashion Stylist
Your engagement photo shoot, the first official kick off for all the wedding festivities to come; and for many young brides out there, the first opportunity to feel like a true celebrity. If you are able, professional hair and make up is key, but I am here to talk all things fashion. Now these are pictures you will cherish for decades to come so I always warn couples this is not the time to try any super crazy fashion risks. At the end of the day you want to look like yourselves, albeit, the best possible versions.
1- While you want your outfits to coordinate, you want to avoid looking too “matchy matchy” to avoid excess cheese factor.
2- Avoid bold patterns on both of you, it’s too visually overwhelming. A pop of pattern on one is perfect.
3- Plan on two or three outfit changes. A casual look as well as a more dressed up one. The third option could be a fun theme you both enjoy, i.e. sweatshirts from the school where you met, or T-shirts from your favorite joint sports team etc.
4- Be aware of which colors look best on you and your partner. Some colors that look good in person wash out in photos. It’s a good idea to do a test with your iPhone in your bathroom under the harshest lights possible.
5- Along those same lines, sometimes light colors can read sheer in photos. Whip out that iPhone again and do that bathroom selfie test;)
6- Try to avoid any pieces that are super trendy. Again, these are photos you are going to have till the end of time and you don’t want your future grandkids laughing at your fashion choices.
7- When selecting your outfits, keep in mind your location. I.e., if you are shooting against a beautiful red rock canyon you probably want to avoid wearing clothes the same color so you don’t blend right in. Pick a color that complements or pops your setting.
8- For you ladies, underpinnings are key. Nothing ruins a beautiful shot quicker than a rogue bra strap sticking out. Consider options like self adhesive silicone breast/nipple coverings so you have one less thing to worry about when trying to get that perfect smile.
9- Bring what I like to call the “Stylist Emergency Kit” with you. Fill a bag with safety pins, double stick tape (available at target or amazon), sewing kit, lint roller and scissors. Armed with these essentials, you’ll be able to handle any fashion emergency that comes your way.
10- The best accessory for any photo Is a genuine and true smile. While fashion is important, the big take away here is that you are marrying the love of your life so keep that in mind and you will shine!
Kristi Brooks got her start working in the wardrobe departments for celebrity entertainment programs such as Entertainment Tonight and The Insider. Combining her love for high-fashion glamour and the excitement of Hollywood, Kristi began celebrity dressing for prime time TV shows and big budget movies. Working with designers such as: Roberto Cavalli, Dior, Versace, Missoni, Fendi and Marchesa, Kristi has built a strong relationship with the world’s leading fashion houses. Kristi spent five years as the personal stylist for actress Sharon Stone with her work appearing in InStyle, People, Entertainment Weekly, US Weekly, Ebony and More magazine. In addition, Kristi has been a style contributor for E! News and TV Guide Channel, along with several local network morning shows. Relocating to San Diego a few years ago, Kristi began focusing on styling and producing fashion shows for major department stores, malls and many Southern California based events.
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