Congratulations, you are engaged! This post is here to help you through one of the most fun activities that many of my couples love – your Forever session. I won’t give outright advice, but here are some pros and cons to think about.
Should I get my hair, makeup, and nails professionally done?
Concern: I want to look like me. I don’t usually wear that much makeup anyway. I want to look natural.
Mythbuster: Professional makeup and hair can be natural-looking and if done properly, can enhance the features that you love and tone down on the features that you wish to hide. It doesn’t have to be caked on if you don’t want it to be.
Pro: This is a great opportunity to have a hair and makeup trial with a professional that you are considering for your wedding day. If you’re like me, I have no idea how to make my hair do anything other than be stick straight. However, professionals do. I don’t wear much makeup or do much to my hair, but when having my photo taken, I always hire the help of professionals because I trust them to help me look my best. It’s not every day that I have professional photographs taken.
Cons: It’s $. Good professionals are costly. My favorite is Jenny Luu (firstname.lastname@example.org). I loved her so much that I flew her to Italy with me for my wedding. If you do contact her, please tell her I sent you and that I miss her.
What should I wear?
This goes for both of you. It goes for all genders, ages, skin types, heights, weights, etc. There’s nothing worse than feeling amazing and excited about your Forever Session, only to end up disappointed by the results because of your outfit. Here are a few common mistakes people make that you can avoid:
Be you. It’s quite simple. Wear what you love and are most comfortable in. If you two love glamming up, rent something that you’ve loved from Rent the Runway and let’s get fancy. If you two are a little more casual, then wear that. Whatever you decide, remember that if you are not comfortable in what you’re wearing, it’ll show.
Stay away from horizontal stripes! Famously, horizontal stripes are considered risky fashion. Horizontal stripes can trick the eye into seeing something as being wider than it actually is. Go for a solid color or a minimal print instead.
Avoid white colored clothing! Save the white dress for your wedding day. You don’t want people confusing your Forever Session for your wedding pictures. Also, white attracts the eyes and can make things look bigger than they are.
Coordinate colors in a similar color palette! If you already know which colors look best on you – stick to those. Cooler tones like grays, blues, blacks go in one family. Warmer tones in purples, pinks, and beige belong in another family. Don’t let your outfit outshine you. Simple and solid colors are best.
No loud words or logos! Since we are trying to capture you at your best, we want to limit the distractions. I want to focus on you. That means that loud print or logos are a no go. If there’s a lot going on around your clothes, your faces will be drowned out. I don’t want your pictures to look like a brand promotion or a styled fashion photoshoot.
Focus on your best features! We all have some features that we wish were different or we would like to work on. We each have our own insecurities. And even though I can guarantee that you are beautiful no matter what, if you feel better covering certain parts of yourself that might make you nervous, do it. It will give you peace of mind and allow you to really enjoy the day. Let’s focus on what you love most about yourself! (ie: If you hate your arms, wear sleeves. If you think you have big feet, perhaps no sparkly shoes)
Still can’t figure out what to wear? Have your significant other pick out what his/her favorite outfit is on you. Do the same for him/her! It might surprise you!
Does what I eat matter?
I’m not a nutritionist and I won’t be lecturing you on your eating lifestyle. What I will say is that salty and spicy foods 24 hours before a session will encourage your body retain water and might make you feel a bit puffy and/or sluggish. You know your body the best. Avoid foods that might give you an allergic reaction or food poisoning.
Do NOT do these things within 72 hours of your session
Facials – Sometimes, you may look red or blotchy.
Hair cuts -Gentlemen, in order to avoid the “fresh cut” look, stick to the same 72 hour rule.
New treatments – At your own risk. I’ve heard many stories of face outbreaks, allergic reactions, and just simple discomfort.
Bring as little as possible
Bring as little as possible! Ideally, only essentials. For most of my couples, they keep their wallets and bags in the car or at home. I’m happy to carry your phone and your keys. I like shooting while we walk. It’s natural, easy, and comfortable. It really kills the flow when we have to put down bags, pose, shoot, then go back to the bags, and repeat that cycle several times over again. It saves on time, too.
For those looking to wear shoes that might not be the most comfortable, but that look good, I understand you. However, I advise to bring a pair of walkable shoes. Oftem, I’ll only shoot from the waist up and we can’t see your feet anyway. We’ll be able to cover more ground if I’m not concerned about you breaking your ankle. 🙂
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