When it comes to couples getting engaged, it's impossible to begin to imagine the kinds of irrational decisions that can be made, especially when selecting clothing for the ever-so-anticipated engagement photos. In my time photographing couples, I have found some of the most random outfit choices, that even made me cringe (not to mention grandma, I'm sure). Some of them have included: *Large Logos* !/admin/resources/html5logo-w400h300.jpg! Unless you are sponsored by the brand, I can confidently tell you that 15 years from now, you will not want your first professional photographs with your spouse to be of you wearing the brand that either you no longer care about, is obsolete, or has gone out of business. I say the same to those considering getting a tattoo of their favorite auto manufacturer on their back. It's a big commitment. *Addressing this Issue* You can be tactful when advising your client against this. I usually just tell people to avoid them since it can distract from their beautiful faces. *Basketball shoes* !/admin/resources/1366656726-jordans-.jpg! I can understand if it's with jeans, but basketball shoes should never be considered a reasonable part of a _formal_ men's outfit. I have found two reasons for guys doing this. First – they didn't think the shoes would be visible in the photos. Second – they have some sort of emotional attachment to this type of footwear that prevents them from wearing anything else, ever. *Addressing this Issue* First, I always advise my clients that the photos will be from head to toe. Although this is the first thing you want people to see when you show up for a pick-up game, this is generally not what you want to see in your formal engagement photos. This does not mean they should never be worn. Many casual outfits look great with court shoes, it's the formal outfits that are generally affected. I find this more common during March Madness or the NBA playoffs. *Super short dresses or skirts* !/admin/resources/1366656827-skirt-.jpg! As a male photographer, I have to be a little more tactful about this one. Most of the time, I generally don't advise about this beforehand, I just deal with it as it happens. Certain poses just don't work with clothing like that, so the key is having enough poses in mind and cutting my losses. I won't mention it or joke about it until the bride does. It just helps to avoid awkward situations. *Too many outfit changes* !/admin/resources/outfits-.jpg! Generally, the very best images are captures in the 30 minutes before and 15 minutes after sunset. The last place you want to spend that time is waiting while she squirms around in the car squeezing into the next outfit. *Addressing this Issue* Again, this can be addressed long before the time of the shoot. The biggest challenge is that adding a clothing change to the shoot increases the total shoot time exponentially. I limit the couple to 3 outfits and tell them that most couples do fine with just 2, which is actually true. _In order to not embarrass past clients, I decided not to use my own images, and I found some random ones on Google that help get me point across._

2016-10-14T21:32:24+00:00 April 30th, 2013|Portrait Photography, Wedding Photography|0 Comments

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