I believe having an engagement photo session is important for several reasons. First, this time allows you, as a couple, to get comfortable in front of the camera with your photographer, and figure out how you work best together before the main event. Next, you can showcase your personalities in a more casual, stress free setting, while creating some fun, memorable images for wall portraits, your wedding sign-in book, guest signature board and save the date cards. By getting to know me more it helps take pressure off of you on your wedding day and to already have an idea of how things work. It’s one less thing you have to worry about.
What Do I Wear?
What Do I Wear For My Engagement Session? I get asked this a lot, but really who knows what works best on your body other than you? What I can offer are some suggestions that might help you in your journey to find that perfect engagement ensemble. First and most important dress like you. Wear something that you feel great in. Choose something that is flattering, compliments your shape and fits well. Wearing something that fits and you’re comfortable in is important, you don’t want to be spending the entire engagement session rearranging and tugging on your clothing. Have fun with what you choose and let it show off your personality and style.
Colors and Patterns
The world is a colorful place, don’t be afraid of it. For an engagement session, you want to coordinate your colors. I’m not saying match completely but wear colors that compliment each other and pieces that have common shades. Dark colors can be slimming but make sure you go over them with a lint brush, they will show everything from lint to animal hair. Don’t be afraid to pick something bright and colorful that will stand out and compliment the environment you choose for your session. Try out patterns and prints. I know that may seem a bit scary, but done right they can look great in photos and even come off slimming. Just make sure the print is flattering and hits you in the right places! To balance the print have your fiancé wear a solid color. Also try to avoid clothing with logos and designs on shirts.
Layer It Up
Layers can often help finish off an outfit and look better in photographs. Don’t be afraid go ahead and add a cardigan, blazer or jacket to your outfit, for men and women layering can add more depth and polish to your finished look.
Jeans are comfortable, great to wear and often work with most locations. Just dress them up a bit and be creative. Try mixing your jeans with a great pattern on top or a bright statement color. Accessorize your outfits with jewelry, scarfs, belts and a great pair of shoes. If you are both wearing jeans try to have different shades.
Remember You Are Going To The Same Event
I’ve seen this many times and it never looks good. When you are choosing the clothing you want to wear make sure you and your fiancé are dressing on the same level. You don’t want to match but you do want to coordinate your outfits in both style and color. If you think you might want to wear a dress then your fiancé may want to wear some dark jeans and dress shirt and dress it up a little with a blazer or tie.
Things To Avoid Wearing
• Tops with big logo’s or writing on them, keep it clean and classy.
• Shirts and short with short hemlines and showing your mid-drift.
• Super short skirts or cut off jeans.
• Exact matching outfits. Look coordinated with each other but not matching.
• Shirts that have not been ironed, every wrinkle will show and comes off looking sloppy.
• Avoid anything too trendy. You want your outfit to be current and contemporary, but not something that’s going to be out of style in a couple of months.
Accessories Are Never A Bad Idea
This is a chance for you to show your own personal style, accessorize with your favorite scarfs, belts, shoes, and jewelry including that engagement ring that I will be photographing. The same rules apply to men, watches, cuff links, bow ties, a blazer, vest, suspenders, or belts are all good. But I I strongly suggest no baseball caps. It’s hard to see their eyes and it can cause shadows on their face. It also makes it difficult to lean in for a kiss! Don’t forget the shoes! I will be getting full body shots during your session and a nice pair of shoes can make it or break it. Flip flops only belong on the beach! (Note: We may be walking a lot during your engagement session so you may want to bring shoes with you for walking)
Don’t Forget Your Hair And Makeup
This is something that can really make a difference in your photographs. I’m not talking about a drastic makeover, I still want you to look like yourself, but a little primping never hurts. Get your hair blown out, get your nails done, and get a pedicure if your toes are going to show. This is sometimes a great opportunity to test out your hair and make-up artist for your wedding, just make sure to have it done earlier in the day so you’re not late to your engagement session.
Dress For Your Location
You definitely want to consider your surroundings when picking the clothing for your session. Think about where you’re going, if you’re planning on going to a wilderness park and it’s all brown this time of year you would want to wear a color that would pop against the background. Stand out, after all, no one wants to just blend into the scenery.
The Most Important Thing
I want you to be comfortable and have fun! The suggestions above are meant to serve as a guideline to help you decide what might work best for you to wear on your engagement session. I urge you to be yourself and go with the suggestions that best work for you and just dress up a couple more notches than you normally would. Show up early and be dressed to have fun! Engagement sessions are really just an hour of goofing off and having fun with the one you love.