Your Engagement Session – What To Wear
Congratulations…you’re engaged!!! Now it’s time to celebrate and share the news with friends and family, and there is no better way to show your excitement than with gorgeous portraits of you and your honey being madly in love.
But how on Earth will you decide what to wear? Ask your photographer, of course! I would absolutely love to help put together outfits that will be stylish, comfortable, and above all else be a representation of who you are as a couple.
The first place to start is by choosing ONE color. It can be your favorite color, or something super trendy, or a shade that matches the season (think red and green for Winter, sunny yellow for Spring, bright blues for Summer, and orange or brown for Autumn). Another suggestion is to choose a color that you use in your home decor. If you know that your portraits will be hung in your living room, for example, pull your inspiration from the walls, throw pillows, or even lamps and vases. Once you have your statement color, pick an accent color and a neutral. The accent color isn’t a requirement, but it does give you more flexibility when choosing clothes that compliment each other. For our purposes, neutrals include tan or brown, black, white, and denim blue. If you’re really stuck, stop by the paint section of a hardware or craft store, grab some paint swatch cards, and go crazy making fun combinations to see what catches your eye!
Now you’re all set and ready to put pieces together to create outfits that make you both shine! I recommend thinking about your photo shoot location and building your wardrobe to suit the environment. Most often you will want to match the clothes to the backdrop. We typically schedule 2-3 locations, so plan at least one outfit for each spot. A good place to start is to think about your personal style, because there is nothing worse than trying to appear happy and carefree when you are wearing clothes that make you uncomfortable! Your interpretation of “dressed up” or “relaxed” may be different from anyone else, but that’s okay because these portraits are all about YOU! For the best variety in your finished gallery, opt for at least one casual outfit and one that is more formal.
We are finally ready to start picking out individual pieces. Unless the guy has a specific request, or a favorite item of clothing he really wants to wear, it is usually easiest to style the girl first. Start with your first outfit, and lay out several things in your color scheme. Try on different combinations to see what makes you feel like a rock star, then layer on accessories like scarves, necklaces, hats, and shoes. If you go with a print or pattern design, I suggest your partner wears solids. Likewise, if your dress or shirt is one color, they should opt for prints or layer on multiple colors. This balances out the pictures, and helps keep the focus on your lovely faces. The print, whether it is plaid, stripes, or another design, should include elements from your palate, and since the solid color of your fiance’s clothes will also have those colors, the two of you will compliment each other without being too “matchy”. Incorporating layers is a quick and easy way to vary your look without having to do a complete change of clothes. Do the same for your other outfits and you are all set!
For accessories, you can keep it simple or go all out, but there are a few key things to keep in mind. First, no matter where we shoot, we will probably be walking at some point, so if you are worried about going the distance in the shoes that coordinate with your outfit, bring along some sandals or sneakers that you can slip on between stops. Second, if we are planning to get into the river or lake, be sure to pack a towel to dry off with and an extra pair of socks, just in case. Guys, if your formal attire includes a suit or black pants with dress shoes, please remember those dark socks!
You are ready to go rock your Engagement Session! With these tips and your own personal flair, I am certain that you will look and feel amazing at your photo shoot. If you are still looking for some inspiration, though, I have put together a Pinterest Board with tons of examples for you to look through. There is a link below, along with a quick reference guide to perfecting your signature style.
Pinterest Inspiration Board: https://www.pinterest.com/NicoleWoodsPhotography/clients-engagement-session-wardrobe-inspiration/
How To Create The Perfect Engagement Session Wardrobe:
- Pick your main color
- Choose an accent color
- Decide on a neutral color
- Consider the locations you will be shooting at
- Design one outfit first, using the colors you have chosen
- Put together a complimentary outfit
- Consider prints, solids, and layers
- Add accessories like scarves, jewelry, shoes
- Pack comfy shoes for traveling
- Bring your awesomeness!