You’re engaged. Hurray and congratulations! One of the first steps, after you get engaged, is to tell everyone! Sometimes people take the route of a formal announcement, which means having professional engagement photos taken. Even if this isn’t you, getting engagement pictures taken by a professional photographer is a nice way to get those jitters out.
One of the most popular questions I get from couples before an engagement session is “what should I wear to our session?!” I always want you to feel comfortable and for you to be yourself. But, there are some guidelines I’ve picked up over the years that can make for a foolproof wardrobe that’s super photogenic.
And now without further ado, here are the Do’s:
Rock the neutrals.
Not sure where to start? Mixing in neutrals (white, black, gray, navy, khaki, tan, brown, blue jeans) is a great foundation for your session wardrobe.
Coordinate, don’t match.
Once you’ve maxed out your neutrals you will only need to add a color or two to complete the look. Better yet, pick one color and work within that color family. Speaking of color:
Blue is your friend.
Blue is one of the rare colors that looks great on everyone. Special bonus – every shade of blue works together and blue looks good with almost any other color, season or backdrop.
You don’t want to reach for a hug or a kiss from your bae and realize you can’t move your arms!
Have fun with accessories!
If you are worried your outfit is a bit on the basic side, then try adding a scarf, some bold jewelry, a hat, or a belt to add some pizazz to your outfits. If accessories just don’t feel like you or if the thought of figuring this out seems overwhelming, don’t worry, it’s not required.
Bring on the patterns.
Patterns can be a great way to express your personality and style.
Keep it timeless.
The photos we create together will likely be hanging on your walls for many years to come. Fashion trends change fast and it’s sometimes hard to recognize them when we’re in it. Consider a classic look that won’t look dated or trendy in 10 years.
And some Don’ts (or the try not to’s):
Keep the trademarks to a minimum. They can be distracting and we don’t want anything to take away from you two.
Nothing too fussy.
You know that shirt you have that looks super cute on but only when it lays just right. That is, until you move, breathe or think, and then you have to constantly readjust it? I’m sure it’s adorable but trust me, don’t wear that shirt. You’ll be stressing about it the whole time rather than having a fun time and it will show in the pictures.
Nothing too formal.
Most sessions I have with couples are fun, relaxed, and laid back. We’re often shooting at a park or garden where it just wouldn’t make sense to be wearing a gown or three piece suit. If you want to go a bit snazzier and dressed up, let me know and I’ll make sure we choose a location that works with that style.
Remember you lucky couples out there who found your lobster (f.r.i.e.n.d.s. reference ftw!) – these aren’t rules and I’m not telling you how to dress. I want you to be relaxed and feel like yourselves on the day of your engagement session.
Be as dressy or as casual as you want. If that means you want to wear feety pajamas and a top hat (there’s a visual!), then have at it! But for those couples that are hoping for a helpful starting point, then consider this as your reference point for you on what to wear for your engagement session.