The Ultimate Groom’s Guide To Being Photo Ready 

Tips for Your Engagement Photos and Wedding

Okay guys, you’ve got a photo shoot or wedding coming up. Help your fiancé out with the planning by getting yourself prepped for the session, and maybe even go the extra mile to help her feel her best too. When you look and feel your best, you exude natural happiness and confidence in the photos, and isn’t that the whole point? Here are a few tips.

Shave Your Face

Taking care of your facial hair ahead of the session will show your fiancé that you put thought and care into this exciting day! Even if you love your full beard, the look should be intentional and polished. Shaving your face with high quality products will help you get neat lines and a close, clean shave. Plus, by using a new a razor and shaving cream you will avoid any nicks and scarring, which you don’t want the day of a photography session or your wedding.

Make Your Skin Look It’s Best

Skin care isn’t just for women. If you have issues like acne, sensitivity or dark marks, you’ll want to start taking care of your skin at least 3-4 months in advance so you’ll see results before the wedding. A few minutes a day can make a big difference so that you’ll be happier with the photos. See your dermatologist or use this handy solution tool to find the best products for your needs.

Prep Your Hairstyle

Luckily, you don’t have to worry about elaborate hair and makeup like your bride,  but you don’t want to show up looking scruffy. These photos will be seen for many, many years, so make sure your style will hold up. Ensure that your facial hair and hairstyle go hand-in-hand by heading to your barber a few weeks before your scheduled session to get their input on the best look for you. And if you’ve been dying to try out a trendy new look, this is the best time; a few weeks before the engagement session and months before the wedding. You may find a new look you love and want to rock at your wedding, and you can get tips on the the best products to help style it

Plan Your Outfits Together

I know, guys, the thought of planning your wardrobe in advance seems like a LOT. But whether it’s for the engagement session or rehearsal dinner, the most important part is making sure the outfits go well together. You don’t want to look like one of you is ready for a cocktail party and the other is heading to the beach. And even the colors matter. You don’t have to match (and in fact you don’t want to match too closely) but you want the colors to complement each other.  Make sure you and your fiancé have a conversation about this and pick out a few outfit options together well in advance, so you have time to shop or alter clothes if something doesn’t fit right. Also, you want to feel comfortable in what you’re in! Wear clothes that show your personality and that you FEEL good in. The more comfortable you are, the more happy and comfortable you will both look.

Relax

Don’t stress about any upcoming photo opportunity, whether it’s your wedding or a session! Part of looking your best, is feeling your best; getting rest and relaxation will help you feel great. Getting enough sleep the night before, having a great breakfast and maybe even doing light exercise beforehand will put you in a great mental space. When you are feeling refreshed and relaxed you will exude happiness in your photos. And if a glass of wine or beer before the shoot will help you relax, go for it! You want to have fun, but still be in control.

To best prepare for your next photoshoot, it’s important to plan ahead, but not to stress yourself out too much! When you are feeling like a million bucks, your happiness will shine through in photos, which is important when you’re taking photos that you will be sharing with your loved ones for years to come.