Planning for your engagement session can be so exciting but also a little overwhelming. Choosing the right wardrobe can make all the difference in how confident you and your partner are for your photos. I’m here to help eliminate that stress and take the guess work out of finding what to wear.
Tip #1: Try not to be too matchy, matchy but coordinate instead. Pair colors together that compliment one another. For example, pair neutrals with neutrals, fall tones with complimentary fall tones and pastels with pastels.
Tip #2: Stay away from neon colors and anything that has logos or other large graphics and writing. These are things that are distracting and eye catching (not in a good way) in photos.
Some of my favorite stores to buy session wardrobe would be:
Morning Lavendar- They have beautiful dresses that are flowy and photograph beautifully.
J. Crew- Great for guys
Express- Great for guys
Tip #3: Yes, bring your pup! I love it when my clients bring their furry friends. However, It’s important to have a plan for when we’re not shooting with them. Come prepared with an option to be able to tie them up or bring someone that can watch them.
Tip #4: Clean your engagement rings, give yourself a manicure + remove fitness trackers/hair ties. Since your engagement ring will be on display, so will your hands. It’s a good idea to make sure your nails are ready for a closeup as well as your ring. Be sure to remove hair ties and fitness trackers from your wrist.
Tip #5: Consider the tones in your house. One thing often overlooked is selecting wardrobe that will fit into your house color palette when printing + hanging. Is your house decorated completely neutral? Choosing like minded colors will ensure you’ll want to adorn your house with your photos.
Tip #6: Dress for the season. If you’re having a fall engagement the temps can swing either way. Be sure to plan accordingly with layers. Layering is also a great way to offer texture into your outfits. Finding a dressier jacket option for really cold days is a great idea too. I would stay away from anything too bulky or loose fitted.
Tip #7: One casual, one dressier. I always recommend two outfit changes for your session. One causal outfit and one dressier outfit. Allowing for a casual outfit is also opening the door for photos that might involve lifting (such as piggy back.) Three can be accomplished but will take more time away from actual shoot time. Be sure to check with your photographer to make sure time allows for more than two. When selecting clothes for guys, try to make sure they fit well. If you’re selecting dress pants or chinos make sure they are not baggy or sloppy looking. It will make a world of difference!
Tip #8: Accessorize! Adding jewelry, fall scarves, + a cute hat is a great way to add a little extra to your session. For guys, a watch can be a nice statement piece.
Tip #9: When considering props, keep them simple. I’m not a huge prop person (I feel they can take away from the couple if over done) but a cute blanket or simple sign can be really cute.
Hair + Makeup! Getting your hair and makeup done is a great way to add that extra confidence. It also allows you to try out styles before your big day if you’re considering the same look. I recommend wearing faux lashes (it will really bring your eyes out and make them appear larger), using a primer, and a setting spray to hold your look together. Hairspray is also your best friend. Don’t be afraid to bring along a little mirror with the ability to do some touching up.
Other things to consider:
Don’t wear clothes that are too tight or will cause any unnecessary bulging.
Be conscious of bra selections so that straps are not showing/falling down.
Guys, be sure to empty your pockets. No keys or phones, please.
If wearing heels, please bring a ” easy walking” shoe to change into if we are planning to do any amount of walking around.