Outdoorsy Engagement Photoshoot Ideas

To me, there’s no better backdrop for a photo than the great outdoors. Living in West Australia, we are so very blessed to have so much gorgeous scenery just on our doorstep, so I love it when a couple takes full advantage of living in such a beautiful place and has their engagement photo shoot outdoors. 

Having your photo session outdoors gives you both full reign to inject some of your personality as a couple into your photos, and take natural photos of the two of you having fun and enjoying each others’ company, rather than stuffy, posed photos.

I love seeing photos of my clients embracing their inner child at their engagement shoot: piggybacking their partners, crossing over streams, running through the bush holding hands, with the gorgeous Australian bushland as the background, backlit by the setting sun.

What to Wear

I absolutely love the contrast of a flowing white dress against the rugged roughness of the bush- it makes for such a stunning juxtaposition. A natural fabric such as linen or silk plays so perfectly against the bushland, keeping with the natural theme of the photo shoot. A delicate lace also works beautifully, especially when paired with a red or blue flannel shirt tied at the waist, or the classic denim jean jacket. I love a simple flat brown leather sandal with delicate white dresses, or if you want to give the look a little more structure, a pair of black lace up combat boots or gumboots adds a little contrast as well to your outfit.

For him, you can't beat a classic pair of blue jeans, especially if you choose to style your dress with a denim jacket. If you're wearing a flannel, a little matchy-matchy never goes astray, otherwise a simple cream linen shirt will complement your white dress beautifully, without detracting from it's crisp whiteness.

Dress Suggestions from our Designer Dress Rental Collection:

-       Truese Silk Dress in Champagne (Size 6-8)

-       Alice & You Chiffon Maxi in Cream (Size 10)

Hair & Make-up

For outdoor photo shoots, I love to leave hair free in soft waves so that it can flow in running shots, as it looks absolutely gorgeous flowing in the wind, no matter what the length. A simple braided half-up half-down look is perfect if it’s a little windy, as it gently pulls the hair away from your face and adds extra texture to the style.

A natural glowing skin look flatters the surroundings at your photo session beautifully, and I love using bronze shades on the eyes to contour and brighten the eyes without looking too “made-up”. Lashings of mascara and a couple of individual cluster lashes at the outer corners open up the eyes, and a little apricot-coloured blush and a shimmery bronzer to give you a gorgeous, sun-kissed flush to your cheeks.

Lots of love,

Emily xx