Dressing Up For The Camera; Tips on How to Nail a Couple’s Shoot

A couple photoshoot is an integral part of wedding photography. From the pre-wedding shoot to the engagement shoot to the post-wedding portraits, there are several couple shoot sessions planned as a package in the realm of wedding photography; more so when it comes to Indian weddings, as we have more events and occasions to add to the list.

Hence it is important for the couple to get comfortable with the camera, and with each other, and confident enough to pose well for the best results. As an experienced Indian wedding photographer in Chicago, we also advise our couples to focus on having fun with each other, and relaxing while shooting, so that it reflects in the pictures and gives rise to the most natural intimate moments.

Now most Indian couples get overwhelmed and confused about the outfit choices for the shoot. We usually get a lot of questions about what to wear, when we plan a shoot, specifically from couples who are camera-shy. Naturally confident couples too tend to have some trouble.

Should you wear something grand and formal, or should you keep it casual, should you wear the same color, should it be a traditional shoot?

Here are the answers to those questions and some practical tips on how to dress up for the camera for a couple’s photoshoot.

Comfort first: strictly avoid wearing anything you are not comfortable in

Couples tend to choose outfits with just the photographs in mind for pre-wedding shoots. Women choose long, flowy, difficult-to-manage outfits, and men end up choosing clothes to go with an outfit like that, making the concoction uncomfortable on the whole.

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Instead, put your comfort first and choose an outfit that you are used to wearing, or doesn’t make you uncomfortable in any way. For example, if you are not used to wearing heels, feel free to stay away; there is no rule to follow for a couple’s shoot.

Long and flowy outfits indeed look good in photographs, and if you must go for it, make sure it fits you well, and that it isn’t too long. You and your partner can work as a team to manage the outfit throughout the shoot.

The basic protocol to follow here is to decide on a simple theme for your shoot and pick an outfit accordingly. While you do, make it as comfortable for you as possible, because it is going to be a long day, and the goal is to have fun.

Do not match colors

One of the questions we always get, as a professional Indian wedding photographer in Chicago, is whether or not to color coordinate. Here’s the answer:

No. Do not match the colors of your outfits.

Mixing colors and textures adds depth and vibrance to your photos. Wearing the same color defeats the purpose of storytelling, and brings an unnecessary uniformity, that is only needed for children’s shoots or group shoots of different kinds. Hence, feel free to wear different colors.

You can however try and wear complementary colors, according to the color wheel theory; basically, colors that sit opposite to each other on the color wheel. Our experts can help you with that.

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Pick outfits according to the location

The location of the shoot is something you need to consider when picking outfits. This is to avoid the colors and textures from the location clashing with the colors and textures of your outfits. For example, if you are planning to shoot in a park or a conservatory, you might want to avoid green, lest you end up camouflaging with the surroundings. In the same way, if you are going for a regal building for your shoot location, as it goes without saying, you might want to avoid wearing something too casual, like shorts.

Stick to timeless pieces if you tend to get too anxious

One advice we always give our introverted and anxious couples is to keep things uncomplicated as much as possible. If you tend to overthink or get worried, try not to go overboard with the story or theme, and stick to timeless pieces. For example, a simple well-fitting button-down shirt with flat-front trousers, a basic A-line dress, an A-line skirt, and a vintage blouse; are all good options. Timeless pieces are never boring or cliché, and you can always get stunning pictures in them.

Don’t forget to accessorize

As all fashion enthusiasts say, accessories are the stars of the show. Simple accessories like a pair of sunglasses, a necklace, a belt, etc. can elevate your look quite effortlessly. Sometimes, elements from your location can also work as good accessories to play with, such as a fallen leaf, a flower, etc. Hence, do not underestimate the power of accessories, no matter how minimal they are. The goal is to make your look more elegant and put together, not change the vibe, or make you look like someone you are not.

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On-point makeup

The right kind of makeup is something that can make a world of difference when it comes to couple’s photoshoots. Hire a good-quality professional; someone who understands your preferences and style choices well. You ideally need your makeup to enhance your features just by the right amount; not make you a whole different person. Done right, your makeup can also give you a lot of confidence in your photos. Just like how professional photos need a professional Indian wedding photographer in Chicago, they also need a professional makeup artist for the best results.

Doing your own makeup is also fine, as long you know what works on you, and what looks good on you. Having the best quality makeup is also important, as you need it to last well throughout a long day.

Another point to remember here is to keep your hair and makeup fitting to the location of the shoot. For example, if your shoot location is overly windy, you may not want an open hairstyle.

Wrapping up

One of the best tips we can give you, summing up all the points listed above, is not to overthink the shoot. Eliminate complexities and aim to have fun with your fiancé. Think of it as a date with a camera; be comfortable and confident, and put your best foot forward. Remember to always be on time for the shoot as well, as the lighting and weather conditions of the day, have a lot to do with the quality of the photos.

For expert help on couple’s shoots, and to get the most stunning portraits of you and your partner, contact the Shan Photography team today. We are the most authentic and reliable Indian wedding photographer in Chicago. For more updates visit our Instagram page.

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