Out of all the questions I get from the couples I work with, this is by far the most commonly asked question. There sure are a lot of factors to consider when choosing what you’ll wear for your engagement session, and you’ll be reminiscing over these photos for many happy years to come, so it’s very important to think critically about what to wear. Below are a few tips to help you cross one more thing off your wedding checklist:
01. Wear something you’re comfortable in
If you aren’t feeling comfortable, then you’re not feeling confident, and it will be noticeable in your pictures. I am going to teach you how to pose in ways that are flattering to you, but you’ll love your images so much more if you’re wearing something that makes you feel like a million bucks. Confidence photographs well!
02. Coordinate your clothing with each other
Keep in mind, coordinating doesn’t necessarily mean “matching”. Wearing a different shade in the same color family is surprisingly more ideal than trying to match the exact same shade. Even better, if one of you are planning to wear something with a lot of color and pattern, I recommend having the other person wear a neutral color to tone it down a bit. Try choosing colors that complement each other, like pink and white, or blue and yellow.
03. Bring TWO outfits
If you’re having a hard time deciding between dressy and casual, go for both! I love the idea of starting off casual with some sweet, laid back shots, then doing a wardrobe change into something a little more formal or dressy. This will help mix things up and make it feel like two shoots in one! The more outfits you have, the fewer portraits you will receive but you will have more variety in your images.
04. Consider the location and season
If your engagement session will be in a woodsy area, try wearing fall layers and fitted flannels. If you’re planning your session in more of an urban setting with a rustic feel and brick buildings, try wearing bold colors to contrast the color and texture (and check a color wheel for colors that complement each other!) Also, be sure to check the forecast before your session, and bring an extra cardigan with you just in case you need to add/remove a layer.
05. Dress on the same scale
When choosing your outfits, make sure that both of you look like you belong in the same photo or like you’re going to the same place.
Scarves, necklaces, belts, fun shoes… I love them all! Accessories always add a really fun, unique element to photos, but be careful not to over-accessorize.
07. Guys, shy away from graphic t-shirts and tennis shoes
Now don’t get me wrong, I love a good cotton tee and my tennies as much as the next person, but they do not photograph well. Instead try a tucked-in polo or nice button up shirt with khakis and loafers, or dress shoes. These are classic and timeless wardrobe pieces that won’t date your photos as trends go in and out of style.
08. Most importantly…Be yourself, and have fun
At the end of the day, you want to look and feel like the best version of yourselves. The whole purpose of this session is to capture exactly who you are as an individual and as a couple, so show off your personalities! Creating a look for your engagement session that you love will make you feel really confident, and inspire us as your photographers to make the most of the location and our time together.