ENGAGEMENT SESSION OUTFITS
So, your engagement session is coming up…
Your engagement session is one of the most exciting parts of the time leading up to your wedding day. Engagement sessions are the best way for us to get to know each other, for you to get some experience in front of the camera as a couple, and for you to see how I pose and photograph your relationship.
In order to make sure you're prepared for your engagement session, I've put together this page to give you some insight on outfit decisions. If you ever have any questions on a specific outfit, please feel free to reach out!
THINGS TO CONSIDER:
- Wear clothes that fit.
Sounds so simple, right? Clothes that fit you right will look good on camera. Loose fitting, or baggy clothes can add visual weight to your body, and no body wants that! Also, be cognizant of clothes that are too tight in areas that you may not want a lot of visual attention. Find the right balance of fit!
- Dress in something timeless.
For ladies, think 'Little Black Dress.' Something you can look back on in 10-15 years and still find stylish and attractive. Often times this means choosing something minimal.
For guys, go for a classic button up. Solids are always encouraged, but classic patterns like gingham are a great exception.
- Embrace muted tones.
Wearing neutrals or muted colors are the best way to ensure romantic, timeless, and visually appealing photos. To the right is a color palette of my favorite colors to inspire you in your outfit selections.
- Bring multiple outfits.
I usually suggest bringing one "dressier" outfit and one more "casual" outfit. A more casual dressy, and a more dressy casual. Make sense? Dressier outfits could mean a cute dress with heals, and casual could mean jeans and cute shirt or a sundress.
- Wear solid colors.
Most of the time, though not always, patterns can be distracting to the eye or compete with the background. The easiest solution is to wear solid colors with no patterns. Solids also tend to be more timeless than patterns that come and go with trends.
THINGS TO AVOID:
- Avoid neon and bright colors.
Neon and bright colors reflect that pigment onto your skin and is visible in photos. Saturated colors are also distracting in photos and we want the focus to be on the two of you!
- Do not over accessorize.
Keep it minimal! The less distracting, the better. This doesn't mean you can't wear earrings or a necklace, but you don't need earrings, a necklace, a stack of bracelets, rings, a headband and clips. Just wear the essentials! If you're ever in doubt, you can always ask.
- NO Polo shirts.
Most polo shirts are unflattering in several areas they cover. Best to avoid them all together and wear a button-up which is much more appropriate for an engagement session and will looking more flattering to your body!
- Don't wear matching colors.
If one person is wearing a color, the other should wear something neutral in color, or a very muted color, in order to compliment each other. Wearing too many colors is distracting.
- Avoid trendy clothing.
Current trends will immediately date your photos. Things like 'cold shoulder tops' will show the age of your photos and may cause you regret down the road. You want to wear something that will stand the test of time!
One last thing...
The most important thing is for you to feel like you. These are just tips I've learned over the years to achieve the best results. But if you feel most at home in your skin wearing something else, wear it! Just consider these things find the balance.
Ultimately, your engagement session will tell the story of your relationship as it pertains to your lives right now. Your clothing helps to tell that story. Interpret that in what way feels best for you!
Need more inspiration? View past engagement sessions on the blog.
Or, check out our engagement session Pinterest board full of inspiring photos and great outfits!