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Summer Engagement, Wedding photography

Ah, summertime…fantastic for pool and beach days. You might be thinking, “Not as great for engagement sessions, though!” That might not be the case, though! Of course, the heat will make things more challenging, but summer shoots are great for a few reasons you may not have thought of yet. 

 

For one, the sun doesn’t set until around 8:00, so you have plenty of time after work to get your photos taken. This is also the perfect time of day for that golden hour glow everyone raves about! 

 

Another great thing about summer sessions is the greenery! After spring, the trees and grass are in full bloom and very lush, so this makes for some great backdrops and scenery for your photos. 

 

Unfortunately, there is a significant factor that deters many people from taking photos or even being outside for too long in the summer, and that is the heat–especially here in Houston! But we don’t want that to get in the way of you having the chance to take some amazing engagement photos even in the summer months, so here are a few of our tips that will help! 

Bring a Small Hand Towel or a Few Paper Towels 

Summer Engagement, Wedding photography

If you or your future husband starts to sweat a little, you can easily just wipe it off between shots if you bring something like this along. This will help both of you avoid looking too shiny in your photos.

Bring Extra Make-up Powder for Touch-ups 

Another hack to keep that sweat and shine away is reapplying your powder through your shoot! Every few shots, just ask your fiancé or photographer to let you know when you need to reapply. Or if you wipe a little sweat off with a towel, then you’ll have your powder with you to touch up your makeup.

Waterproof Mascara

Summer Engagement, Wedding photography

If you’re getting a little sweaty or have slightly oily skin in the summer, waterproof mascara is your best friend, especially for a photo session! You can avoid having your mascara end up on your upper eyelid or running down your cheek a little with something waterproof! 

Choose a Hairstyle That Keeps Your Hair Out of Your Face 

Keeping your hair out of your face will not only keep you cooler but will also help you avoid touching it too! The more you can avoid touching your hair, the longer it will look fresh if it’s hot and sticky outside. You’ll also want a hairstyle that you feel comfortable and confident with; this is not the day to try a new style you’ve been eyeing. Feeling confident with a hairstyle you know you love will help you feel more confident in front of the camera, and this will also help you avoid touching your hair and face.

Hair Spray and Products That Help with Humidity

Flyaways are nearly inevitable when heat and humidity are involved, so just a little hairspray to keep those down will make a huge difference! As amazing as it is to have photographers with such high-quality cameras taking your pictures, those cameras can also capture even the tiniest hair flyaway too! There are so many products now to also help with humidity, such as shampoos, conditioners, and serums that can help tame frizzy hair in extreme humidity.

Choose a Hairstyle That Keeps Your Hair Out of Your Face 

Summer Engagement, Wedding photography

Keeping your hair out of your face will not only keep you cooler but will also help you avoid touching it too! The more you can avoid touching your hair, the longer it will look fresh if it’s hot and sticky outside. You’ll also want a hairstyle that you feel comfortable and confident with; this is not the day to try a new style you’ve been eyeing. Feeling confident with a hairstyle you know you love will help you feel more confident in front of the camera, and this will also help you avoid touching your hair and face.

Wear Lightweight or Flowy Outfits

Of course, you and your new fiancé will want to wear outfits that coordinate and complement each other, so try to avoid clashing or busy prints. To help keep you cooler and more comfortable in the heat, wearing a flowy dress, top, or skirt might be a better option than something that hugs your skin. This will also help avoid any sweat from showing through your fabric; it won’t be soaking up your sweat. Wearing breathable, natural materials like cotton will also help! Most importantly, an hour and a half photo session allows you to have plenty of time for an outfit change! So if you feel like you’re starting to get a little warm or sweaty in your first outfit, just have a backup option to throw on! You’ll just want to make sure you are in a location where you would have a comfortable place to change, like a public bathroom.

Wear Colors That Don’t Show Sweat 

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Luckily for you, white and blush, or light pink are all great options for colors that don’t show sweat and are colors you might want to wear for your engagement shoot since you are the bride-to-be, after all!! For your groom, opt for darker shades like black, navy, or charcoal. Even though it may seem like these will make him hotter, if he does start to sweat, these colors won’t let it show! And the darker shades for him will be an excellent contrast for the lighter colors you are wearing! 

Wear Comfortable Shoes and Think About Your Location 

Wearing breathable shoes will help keep your feet and body cooler for your session. Depending on the location you choose, you will want to think about what shoes will work best. If you plan on an outdoorsy shoot in a field, your favorite high heels might not be your best option. Photo sessions also run for about an hour and a half, so wearing a shoe that you’re comfortable in could be problematic. Having opportunities to change in and out of will be key when you have to stand for that amount of time. Avoiding blistering and sweaty feet will keep you feeling your best and happiest in front of the camera!

Time of Day

 Choosing the right time to take your photos will also make a massive difference in the temperature outside! During the summer months, the sun doesn’t set until around 8:00, so you have plenty of time in the evening to take pictures during what photographers like to call “the golden hour.” This is how you get the photos with the warm tones and nice lighting. Another idea is to do a sunrise session first thing in the morning. This timing will give nearly the same effect and will offer some cooler temperatures before the sun heats up throughout the day. Just make sure your shoot is not in the middle of the day when the sun is straight overhead, and you will be able to have great lighting and have cooler temps during your session!

Pick a Location with Trees and Shade 

If you definitely want only outdoor photos, try to find a location that offers shady spots and tree coverage. Being in direct sunlight can make it feel like it is 10 to 15 degrees hotter than being in the shade. The trees also act as a filter for the sun, so it’s not as harsh in your photos! You will get the great lighting you want while staying cool. On some of the warmest days through summer, you may want to find a location that offers indoor and outdoor options for photos. Start with some photos you definitely want outside, and then step inside if you feel like you’re getting a little too hot. And use the makeup you brought to touch up if you start to sweat a little when you’re outside! 

 

Don’t feel like summer engagement photos are totally out of the question just because the heat might be a little uncomfortable! If you want the summer photo feel, it is still worth getting out there and getting your photos–even in the heat! You can make it work with just a few easy hacks!