Mollie and Dylan wanted to have a gorgeous engagement session with a classy-elegant vibe, yet a sexy touch for their engagement photos in Downtown Pittsburgh. From the time Mollie expressed her vision to me, she said the thought of downtown as their main location would be the perfect backdrop for their engagement photos. I coudn’t agree more, not only downtown is full of interesting and historical buildings with visually stunning buildings and overall architecture but endless possibilities.
If you’re up for a little adventure, going to Downtown Pittsburgh will give you that variety in architecture, and so many places to stop at and experience, which in turn gets you so many fun moments and beautiful, authentic photos that are natural to you both.
I first met them in Market Square and we started the session at the front of the dark glass, stunning PPG Building that is known in Pittsburgh as one of the most iconic buildings. We didn’t have a strict plan, so we took a leap of faith and we went down and found the best street with antique buildings and a modern, classy hotel where we exhausted all the options.
Here are a few engagement photo ideas to guide you to your own elegant, chic and romantic engagement experience so you can have that old Hollywood vibe and all the classy hotel engagement photos that you’ll remember for years to come.
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2. Let me give you a quick pre-session tension check list so to make sure you’re ready. I understand, excitement and a little bit of nerves are a normal part of the process, but here’s some things you can do prior to your session.
Choose your location based on the vibe you want your photos to be
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Like I said before, to me, a downtown (or uptown) will usually set the stage for sophisticated and classy photos. There’s something about the variety of textures and colors, plus the defined lines of the buildings, that offer a more upscale, elegant look.
The location is so fundamental, and that’s why I’m happy to help you figure out what the best Pittsburgh photo locations for your session, in addition to planning the best date and time to go with smaller crowds.
Props are very fun, and can enhance your story but also have a little bit more fun, and who doesn’t want that?! For props, I always say Fun Glasses (there are some that says Bride to be), Champagne, Motorcycle, Pizza, or just a picnic to have in the park if its in the warmer months of the year.
3. What to wear to your Engagement Photos
Once you figure out where your session will be, let’s plan what you will wear! The goal is to match the vibe/energy/mood of the location and what you would normally wear at that location.
An amazing excuse to SHOP!
Heck yeah, let’s shop! This might be the most exciting thing about preparing for your engagement photos. If you don’t want to buy anything new, renting is a great way too! You are investing hundreds into an engagement session, you should invest in your wardrobe too! The most important part though is to feel comfortable. You don’t want to not feel like yourself while trying to be natural and feel confident.
Comfort Over Anything!
If you are wearing fancy shoes or you will be getting dirty/wet, bring a change of clothes and shoes to wear before and after. If you don’t feel comfortable in tight-fitting clothes, avoid them.
Coordinate Don’t Match
Your outfits should complement one another. This isn’t JcPenny Portraits, you don’t need to be matching. Dressing in the same color family will help the photos feel balanced and blend into your locations,
Colors & Patterns
Choosing patterns and colors that don’t fight with what is around you, is important. You don’t want to be wearing colors in the green and yellow family and be photographed in a field/trees. Stick to light and neutral colors avoiding white. Blush, short blues, light grays, & cream are great starting points. Inside of patterns uses textures. Flowy dresses, blazers, non-patterned scarves and cardigans, leather, and layers! Don’t be afraid to add small splashes of colors too!
If one shows up in a t-shirt and jeans and the other dressed up, it will stand out majorly but not in a positive way. Look as if you are both are going to the same place. Match the levels of dressiness and casualness, while also being intoned with your location
DECISIONS. DECISIONS. DECISIONS
If you are having a hard time choosing outfits, feel free to send it to me and I’ll give you my two cents! This is going to be a fun, no-stress experience, and I’ll be there supporting you every step of the way.
4. Be prepare for anything!
You don’t want to bring a suitcase full of things preparing for your engagement photos, but bring things you may need to make the session better. A small tote bag is a perfect example. Here are some things you can put in the bag to bring with you to your engagement shoot:
7. Have FUN!!! Let’s focus on how incredible this experience will be!
Don’t be hard on yourself! It can be easy to feel like the whole session needs to feel perfect and not have a hair out of place. The number one thing you can do is to be yourself! Your boo loves you for YOU and you want your engagement photos to reflect that. Don’t overthink a thing. Trust me!! I got you, so be you and let me do the rest.
I know it’s hard to “relax, smile, and have fun” when there’s a camera 3 ft from your face! It’s not easy for me, and I know it’s not easy for you. Hopefully, you’re having an awesome photographer (contact me if you want me to create the best experience for you!) that let’s you be yourself, and gives you the direction, but also the time and space to be yourselves. My couples are just required to show up, be excited, and trust me! I have prompts, poses, and directions to give, so their personalities shine through and they feel relaxed and comfortable with me! We’ll play music and have fun!
If the nerves are INSANE, be patient with each other leading up to the session, and sip your favorite drink before your shoot. When overly nervous and in doubt, just kiss! HAVE FUN!