Royal Themed Engagement Session – Royalty is not only a mindset but a look that can’t be duplicated.
Franella is from Sierra Leone, and Sali is from Cameroon. This engagement session had all the great dramatics of vibrant colors, sophisticated poses, and an attractive romantic couple that would be expected from royalty. This entire engagement session was taken in a photography studio. This loving couple was in complete rhythm and sync as Afro Beat was playing in the background to set the perfect ambiance.
The advantages to shooting in a studio are the use of an assortment of gorgeous backgrounds and lighting. First, we can display the most stunning wall art, like a grass wall, in the background. As a professional photographer, I’m able to offer a couple more individualized attention to truly bring their personality and style to life through their images. For people of color, I know it is especially important to select the lighting and background to highlight their beautiful skin tones. As with Franella and Sali, I chose the chocolate backgrounds, because it’s one of my favorite tones for melanated skin tones.
Moreover, the couple can experiment with a variety of poses in a distraction free environment. Time is on our side, as I work my creativity to capture your best angles and expressions. That also means outfit selections, as this couple was able to squeeze in 3 outfit changes! Kudos to this couple, because they have a strong fashion sense and knew how to make it work for them. Let’s just say they took my work to the next level.
Franella was absolutely stunning in a white backless dress that framed her curves. The high, rounded neckline brought a level of intricacy to the mermaid floor-length dress. Sali was not to be outdone in a black satin tuxedo, black silk shirt and pop of color with a red pocket square. Wearing no socks is a style trend that was completed with Venetian men’s slip on dress shoes that created a timeless debonair look.
Not to mention, Franella’s makeup was flawless. Engagement photos are now considered to be just as important as the wedding photos. Therefore, hiring a professional makeup artist is preferred. A makeup artist will know exactly how to apply your makeup for the camera and gives you the extra confidence boost that will show in your images.
Another outfit change was the bride-to-be in a lovely orange cascading ruffles dress, with gauzy chiffon shapes that were flowy and ultra-feminine. The groom-to-be wore Bamenda traditional fabric which is also known as “Atoghu” with yellow, green, orange, and white print details. As a final touch was the adornment of crowns for both the bride and groom, as they are ready to take their rightful place in royal matrimony.