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What to Wear for your Engagement Shoot

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One of the most frequent questions I get asked as a photographer is “What should we wear to our engagement shoot?” I want to walk you through some ideas, break them down a little bit, and take the headache out of this question.

Let these images reflect who you are

I always tell my clients first and foremost to let the engagement photos represent who they are day-to-day in an elevated way. If you’re not a suit and tie person, don’t wear a suit and tie. If you LOVE getting glam, then get glam. Make sure you authentically represent yourself. This honest representation of who you are will be such a nice compliment to your wedding collection when you are dressed to perfection.

Tips

1) Don’t match outfits, coordinate them. Find a color scheme, or a couple of colors that complement each other well, and run with it. Try not to wear the exact same color tops or bottoms as that could become distracting in the photos.

2) Use layers to change up an outfit. I’ve seen some cool vintage fur-collared coats worn over dresses and then the coat can be removed for some shots. Cardigans and suit jackets can be used in the same way.

2) Watch for bra straps. If you have a strappy dress and the bra will barely fit under it, wear a strapless bra.

3) Does your outfit make sense for where we’re shooting? A suit and tie and a pantsuit will look stunning with a city backdrop, but might not make as much sense in a park or garden setting.

4) Avoid fine patterns. These can cause what’s called the Moir√© effect and can ruin photos pretty easily. The camera has trouble reading intricate patterns and can end up blurring them together.

5) Avoid logos. Solid pieces work well. Add in an accessory or one article of clothing for a pop of color. I’m a huge fan of bright and bold, so don’t feel limited to neutrals.

6) The camera makes makeup less apparent, so add a little more than you normally would. I promise you you’ll still look like yourself in the photos!

Outfit Inspiration

high-end downtown

dressy engagement outfit

1. Women’s Sleeveless Dress
2. Pearl Hoop Earrings
3. Women’s Low Heel Sandals
4. Men’s Wool Coat
5. Men’s Straight Pant
6. Men’s Oxford Shoes
7. Cotton Skinny Tie

sun-kissed garden

what to wear garden engagement shoot

1. Off The Shoulder Dress
2. Bee Dangle Earrings
3. Bumblebee Bracelet
4. Bow Knot Sandals
5. Men’s Linen Jacket
6. Floral Tie
7. Men’s Skinny Pants
8. Men’s Canvas Shoes

cozy fall

fall engagement shoot outfit

1. Women’s Satin Skirt
2. Women’s V-Neck Shirt
3. Floral Dangle Earrings
4. Stack Bead Bracelets
5. Women’s Ankle Boots
6. Men’s Flannel Shirt
7. Men’s Denim

casual everyday

casual engagement shoot outfit

1. Women’s Off The Shoulder Top
2. Women’s Ankle Boot
3. Gold Geometric Earrings
4. Skinny Denim Pants
5. Men’s Button Up Shirt
6. Men’s Khaki Pants
7. Men’s Addidas Shoes

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Columbus Ohio Surprise Proposal

There is no better day than Valentine’s Day to post about this absolutely incredible Columbus Ohio Surprise Proposal from last year.

Emily wrote me and told me she wanted to propose to her girlfriend Sherry. Little did I know I was going to walk into a work of art. Vessel Floral and Events knocked it absolutely out of the park with their rose and candle installation in Due Amici’s event room.

I always get a little nervous for surprise proposals. It feels like I’m waiting for a Jack-In-The-Box to spring out at me. It has to be perfect. And I’d say this ended up being as close to perfect as you can get.

Emily and Sherry were eating lunch right on the other side of the door. Near the end of lunch, Sherry was guided to that very special room and her reaction was just PRICELESS and gave me all the feels. Emily led her to the front of the room where she dropped to one knee and asked Sherry to spend the rest of her life with her. She couldn’t stop laughing and crying and I think the surprise rocked her to her core in the best possible way. There was so much happiness right there at that moment. It was so much fun to watch and document. I couldn’t be more excited for these two and I hope on this special day you’re feelin’ the love, too!

an engagaged couple with their dog

Downtown Columbus Engagement

Michelle and John are getting married next weekend so I wanted to celebrate by posting their downtown Columbus Engagement. On this day, the weather report called for 100% rain. They wanted to just go for it and see if we could squeeze the session in. When we met up, it was already drizzling. We ran for cover under an overhang at the Ohio Statehouse. And just like that, a few minutes later it cleared up until our session was over, and then it down-poured. It literally felt like something magical had happened.

Their dog Timmy was along for the ride with us and was not camera shy whatsoever. The spring blossoms were out in force and the rain made the colors feel all the more saturated. To say it was beautiful would be an understatement.

Next weekend is going to be so much fun as I watch these two say “I do” at the Grandview Grand Event Center. Little Timmy will even be making an appearance! Check out my Instagram stories @JMillerphotos for a special sneak peek after their wedding!

An Engagement Shoot at Inniswood Metro Park

These two are getting married this weekend in Cleveland, so I couldn’t think of a better way to get the party started early than to share their beautiful engagement shoot at Inniswood Metro Park on the blog today! Keith and Julia are good friends with a former bride and groom of mine so this weekend is going to feel like we’re getting the band back together! I couldn’t be more excited!

For their engagement shoot, I met them out on a gorgeous sunny summer day in Columbus, Ohio. Everything was dripping in sun and blossoms. When I tell you it couldn’t have been more perfect, I’m not exaggerating. They are both so laid back and fun to be around.¬† They don’t take themselves too seriously, but you can see the love that they have for each other.

Keep an eye out for their wedding sneak peek on my Instagram stories next week @JMillerPhotos.

franklin park engagement

Franklin Park Engagement

Welcome to today’s Franklin Park engagement post! This is Angela and Eric, and they are getting married in less than two weeks so it’s time to celebrate!

I loved every single second of our time together. Angela and Eric had me smiling and laughing so much my face hurt. If there’s one way to my heart, it’s through humor and these two brought it. Not only were they fun to be around, but their sense of style was incredible. I am all about photographing a flowy colorful dress any time I get the chance, so Angela’s dress had me doing a little happy dance.

These two met me at Franklin Park Conservatory for their engagement shoot. This is also where they’re going to be getting married, so I tried to keep them in different areas than they will be for their wedding so their two collections have ample variety. Everything from start to finish was so effortless. It makes me so excited to get them back in front of the camera this month. They will say their “I do’s” in the bride garden at the conservatory, which might be one of my favorite spots. Keep your eyes peeled for their stunning wedding! XO Jess

Franklin Park Engagement

whetstone park of roses

Whetstone Engagement

These two get married in 10 days so there’s no better time to blog about their dreamy Whetstone engagement shoot than now! Abby and Brent had a picture-perfect day last year just as all the roses were freshly in bloom at the park of roses. Purples, pinks, and whites were covering the landscape like earth-grown fireworks. As if it couldn’t get any prettier, the fountain just made it over-the-top gorgeous.

Look at how in love these two are! It’s so much fun to hang out with Abby and Brent. They are down-to-earth, funny, and grounded. From the day I met her, Abby’s eyes enchanted me. They have this captivating quality that just draws you in. Somewhat of an old-Hollywood glam vibe, and so fun to photograph.

I am so ready to celebrate with these two! And they have a lot to celebrate, too! Congratulations to DR. Brent who just graduated from medical school this year. The final countdown for their Zoo wedding is on so keep an eye out for their sneak peek that will be on my Instagram stories @Jmillerphotos.

whetstone park of roses

ali and trevor german village engagement

Engagement in German Village

I’m so excited to share Alli and Trevor’s engagement in German Village today! This was actually the last shoot I did before COIVD-19 shut the world down. None of us knew that everything was about to change so dramatically. On this day, it was just laughter and smiles as we strolled around the village.

We did this session in early spring, right as the weather turned to get warmer. It’s my favorite time of year. There is nothing other than a warm beam of sunshine on your face after a long winter. It’s so calming for me and I am all about everything spring. Ali and Trevor brought their fur baby Artie to join in the fun. He was so cute and soaked up every snuggle he could get.

I think some of my favorite photos from the shoot were the ones we took outside the Old Mohawk. I love it when people incorporate special places in their shoots.

Ali and Trevor had to postpone their NYE 2020 celebration to 2021 but they still celebrated last year by eloping and ringing in the new year as husband and wife. I was lucky enough to join them for this insanely special and fun backyard event so keep your eye out for a blog about that! I can’t wait to celebrate again with these two later this year. XO Jess

Engagement in German Village

 

Valarie and Nathan hug in a field of tall grasses

Engagement in Downtown Columbus

I am at the edge of my seat in excitement to post this engagement in downtown Columbus. And we really did go all over Columbus for this one! Valarie and Nathan are such a fun couple to be around. First of all, I have a hair crush on Valarie. Look at her gorgeous locks of perfect hair cascading down her back. Then let’s acknowledge Nate’s masterpiece mustache! And then there’s the way they both melt into each other’s arms. Guys, this session wasn’t that hard to photograph well. Just look at how cute they are together!

Our session started at one of my favorite Columbus spots, the Grange Insurance Audubon Center. We took a short hike, which also happens to be one of my favorite ways of shooting. The light was incredible even though it started as pretty direct. Beams of the warm sun would fall in at just the right moments to highlight Valarie’s hair or Nathan’s smile.

From the Audubon, we ventured around downtown and finally ended the shoot walking around Franklinton. The rustic streets and murals were the perfect companion photos to the nature shots we got earlier.

Keep an eye out for these two in the near future as I will be blogging about their incredible wedding.

Engagement in Downtown Columbus

Ohio State Engagement

Ohio State Engagement

I just love Allison and Charles and this Ohio State Engagement! It was an absolutely perfect pre-covid fall day where we were able to walk and laugh and enjoy everything about life mask-free. We had so much fun strolling the grounds of the Ohio State Campus. After that, we made our way to the downtown Pins Mechanical for some really cool and laid-back photos. It was also the first place Charles told Allison he loved her! I think it’s extra special when people can incorporate meaningful places into their shoots.

Even with all the uncertainty that last year brought, these two still safely tied the knot! I can’t wait to share with you how spectacular their wedding was.

Ohio State Engagement

Blue Jacket’s Engagement

Welcome to this Blue Jacket’s Engagement shoot! I adore when a couple has a really cool idea that you don’t see all that often. Lindsay and Jake knew EXACTLY where they wanted their engagement shoot- at the Nationwide Arena and the Arena District. They are season ticket holders so their ticket rep hooked them up with a private time block where the whole arena was ours. It was so fun to be on the ice. I used to ice skate as a kid, but I’ve never been on the ice to photograph anyone. I kept telling myself not to drop my camera because metal sticks to ice!

These two had to improvise for their wedding last year and I’m excited to share how they tied the knot on the blog in the next couple of months! It was so intimate and sweet. Just being around these two you can tell how much they love each other but also don’t take themselves too seriously. I feel so lucky to have met them both! XO J

Blue Jackets Engagement