Trust me, I was there once, I totally get it. Prepping for an engagement session can be a little overwhelming, especially when you have such high expectations and you don't know where to start. With a little guidance, it doesn't have to be stressful. To make your job a little easier, I've compiled a few tips that will get you looking and feeling great for your engagement photos!
Be You // Tried and true advice that applies to just about everything in life...be you! Choose outfits that reflect your style and personalities. Wear what makes you happy and that confidence will come out in the photos.
Coordinate // Wear colors that compliment each other but aren't exactly matching. Also, be sure to dress on the same scale. You should both look like you are headed to the same place. If you are dressed formal and chic, he shouldn't be in plaid shorts and his old college t-shirt.
Stick with Neutral Tones // Bright colors (especially neons) are distracting, can reflect funky color casts on your skin tones, and can take away from what we want to capture in these photos...you! Now, this doesn't mean you can only wear grey, white, and beige. There are more neutral tones of all colors. For example, baby and navy blue are neutral shades of blue. These shades are toned down and will be far less distracting than say a bright royal blue.
Less is More // Oh how I love simplicity. While one or two accessories such as a hat or a scarf can add a lot of personality into a photo, it's important not to go overboard on too many accessories. Remember an engagement session is about capturing your relationship and your connection, so just ask yourself if it adds or takes away.
Consider the Surroundings // When choose colors and style, consider the surroundings. Be sure to choose outfits that compliment and make sense with the surroundings. Everything should have the same vibe. We all know how much I love shooting in the middle of nowhere, if we are up in the mountains, be sure to wear (or at least bring) shoes you can hike in. Notice below — you don't have to sacrifice fashion for comfort. Her boots were a stylish and perfect addition to an outdoorsy, mountain-top engagement session.
Watch for Distractions // Just like I mentioned staying away from bright colors, watch out for other distractions such as logos, wording on clothing, or bold patterns. Also be sure to empty your pockets! We don't want keys or a phone showing through your pockets. Guys, sorry to call you out on this one.
Comfort is Key // Wear clothing that is comfortable and that you can move in. Be sure to get just the right fit. Not too tight, but not to loose. The better you feel in your clothes, the better you'll look in front of the camera!
Switch Things Up // Can't decide to go casual or formal? Patterns or solids? Don't decide, do both! It's fun to get two totally different looks in your session. Or, try mixing both styles into one outfit. Flowy dresses are my absolute favorite to photograph! The are the perfect mixture of formal and casual and work with almost any location.
Spoil Yourself // I strongly recommend every girl get their makeup professionally done for their engagement photos! It's a small investment that helps you feel confident, which definitely shows up in your pictures. Makeup artists also know all the right tricks for even skin tones and perfect application — all things if not done right, the camera is really good at picking up. Take some time to spoil yourself a little; you'll enjoy these images forever.
Have Fun // Ok, I know this doesn't necessarily have to do with "what to wear" for your engagement session, but it's important nonetheless. Maybe the most important tip I have! Remember this is something you'll only do once in your lifetime...enjoy it and soak in every second. Have fun and laugh together. Planning a wedding can be busy — use this time to slow down, focus on your relationship, and reconnect.
For more ideas and inspiration on what to wear, check out my Pinterest Board!
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