Yesterday we shared some photo shoot advice from Donna Newman. Today, we have some advice for the guys — from one man to another.

The expert: Alain Martinez

Engagement photos

What to wear:
Dress up a little! Guys, a polo shirt, with a white under shirt and your same blue jeans since college is not going to cut it. Spend some time together shopping after looking for some inspiration in stylish non-high-fashion magazines such as GQ, Details, and others alike. If none of this helps you, a classic button-down dark color shirt with the sleeves rolled up and some dark tone jeans will work just fine.

Clothes to avoid:
All white, or all light color outfits. Lighter colors tend to draw the attention away from you and toward the outfits, and in most cases make people look larger than they are. Dark colors are more elegant and slimming, this is a fact. Avoid horizontal lines or outfits that are not flattering to your body, regardless of the skills of your photographer or even a little help from Photoshop.

Find a great spot:
Go to two locations if possible — one could be what your photographer suggests and the other one could be your pick. Consider: Where do you hang out? Where did you meet? Where did he propose? What do you do on the weekends, boating, surfing, picnic, play with your dog? All these are elements that could be incorporated into your session to make it more unique for the two of you. Avoid picking locations that are too crowded, unless that’s what you are looking for, and definitely avoid the beaten path.

How to make it ‘real’:
Have fun and interact with each other throughout the session to give your photographer some real moments. Try to do something different every time you hear the shutter go off. After your photographer has placed you in a spot where the lighting is good and the background is attractive, don’t stand there stiff hoping for your photographer to direct you. Whisper something in her ear to make her giggle, a subtle kiss in the forehead, cheeks, shoulders, hands, spin her around.

Don’t forget:
It’s easier said than done, but try to forget that someone is there taking your pictures and the result will be natural looking, candid pictures that you will love and cherish for many years to come.

Photos from some of Alain’s favorite engagement shoots…

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For a very unique idea, check out Alain’s own engagement photo shoot.

Check back tomorrow for engagement photo shoot advice from Mel Barlow.

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  1. Sarah Rigos Feb 17, 2011 / 12:07 pm

    Great photos and dress tips Alain!

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We all know photos are one of the best ways to immortalize your wedding memories. For many couples, the big day isn’t the first time they are snapped behind the camera. In fact, engagement photo shoots have become an integral part of today’s modern wedding traditions.

Engagement photos
This Breakers destination bride and groom had their engagement photos done at home in New York City. (Photo by Donna Newman)

But, where do you start when it comes to an engagement shoot? The Breakers turned to three of our favorite photographers for some answers. Read their responses in this special three-part series…

Engagement Photo Shoot Advice: Take One

The expert: Donna Newman
Like many wedding photographers, Donna says an engagement shoot is a great way for a couple to get to know their photographer before the wedding day. Her take: “It is a fabulous time to build rapport with one another so that when the wedding day arrives, you feel more like friends than strangers.”

Advice from the pro:
When getting ready for an engagement shoot, I find these tips work great…

• Avoid wearing clothes with patterns since it creates more of a busy look to the photo. We want to be focused on your faces, not on your outfit.

• Pick a location to shoot at which has meaning to you (such as the spot where you got engaged, or where you had your first date). By doing so, when you look at the photo, a smile will come across your face as you remember that special spot.

• Do a trial with your hair and makeup people that day. Not only will you look amazing for the shots, but you will feel completely confident on your big day that your team will get the right look.

• Imagine that the photographer isn’t there for some of the shots. Just have fun with your fiancé! These always make the best shots since they are natural, unaffected and spontaneous. This is when you see the “real” you come out!

• Try a few different looks/locations. The more time you spend with your photographer, the more relaxed you get.

• If you are planning to put your photo in an announcement (such as the local newspaper) make sure your photographer knows the exact requirements of that particular publication.

Photos from one of Donna’s favorite engagement shoots…

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Engagement photos

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Check back tomorrow for engagement photo shoot advice from Alain Martinez.

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Rachael and Daniel held their beautiful Breakers destination wedding this past December. The ceremony was held on the Ocean Lawn and the couple exchanged vows under a chuppah custom-made by The Breakers Design Studio.

Real wedding: Rachael & Daniel

Click here to view an amazing slideshow of Rachael & Daniel’s wedding, courtesy of Donna Newman Photography.

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  1. Rachael Feb 09, 2011 / 11:27 am

    What a lovely wedding. The lawn and the banquet room look stunning.

  2. Rachael S Feb 11, 2011 / 10:51 am

    By far, this was the best day of our lives and none of it would have been possible without the sensational team at the Breakers, and of course my exquisite wedding planner. Katie Gillespie, Kim Votaw, Laurie Rappaport and Sara Lowell thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
    Love, Rachael and Daniel

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The spectacular destination wedding of Ashleigh and Robert at The Breakers last August is featured in a special 10-page spread of Inside Weddings’ winter edition.

Until you get your hands on a copy, here’s a look at the couple’s beachside ceremony on the Ocean Lawn, dinner in the Gold Room and after hours party in the Mediterranean Ballroom. Also, check out the IW blog for more photos and Ash & Rob’s story, here.

Real Wedding: Ashleigh and Robert

Real Wedding: Ashleigh and Robert

Real Wedding: Ashleigh and Robert

Real Wedding: Ashleigh and Robert

Real Wedding: Ashleigh and Robert

Real Wedding: Ashleigh and Robert

Real Wedding: Ashleigh and Robert

Real Wedding: Ashleigh and Robert

Real Wedding: Ashleigh and Robert

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