If you only walk away from this remembering one thing, it’s this: Whatever you pick for your shoot, make sure you are comfortable in it. You want to feel great when you’re wearing it. If you feel uncomfortable, you’ll probably look uncomfortable. Stay true to who you are. Don’t wear 4 inch stiletto heels if you’re a girl who lives and dies by cute flats.
The rest of this is pretty straightforward, and remember – these are only guidelines. If your favorite outfit in the world goes against most of these suggestions, bring it anyway. When I shoot engagement sessions, my goal is to capture a couple’s relationship and dynamic – not to show off a couple’s fashion sense. It’s certainly great to think ahead, but don’t let this stress you out. Regardless of what you wear, we’re going to have lots of fun and get photos that will warm your heart.
Plan for 1-2 total outfits, but bring as many as you’d like if you’re in doubt. We can help you narrow your options down to the most flattering/’photogenic’ choices.
- Jeans. For whatever reason, jeans tend to photograph really really well. I personally prefer the look of jeans in photos over khaki chinos, but that is really more of a personal preference. They both look great.
- Cute dresses. Another great thing for you girls to keep in mind is dresses! If you’re comfortable in dresses and have a few that you love (or want an excuse to go out and shop!), brightly colored dresses are a great option.
- Bright, solid colors. Rich colors can really help separate you from the background, especially if we’ve discussed shooting in any especially “green”, outdoorsy locations.
- Accessories. Feel free to bring a variety of jewelry, scarves, sunglasses, belts or hats. We don’t have to use them, especially if you’re the kind of person who usually keeps it pretty simple with accessories, but it doesn’t hurt to bring them along just in case!
- Logos/graphics/text on clothing. This is mostly geared towards the fellas, and there really aren’t many exceptions to this one. An engagement session is no place for Ed Hardy, not even if you’re Jon Gosselin.
- Ill-fitting clothes. Make sure your clothes aren’t too baggy or too tight. If your clothes are too baggy, you’ll look bigger than you really are and also kinda messy. For tighter tops (or sleeveless tops/dresses), always bring a cardigan or cute jacket for layering. Try to avoid sleeveless clothing whenever possible. If your favorite top/dress is sleeveless, bring a cardigan. Keep in mind what your body shape is and dress for it. Guys — please, please, please don’t wear clothes that are too big for you. Your dress shirts should not be baggy!
- Being too matchy-matchy. This might go without saying, but you both don’t need to show up in matching green polos and jeans. Here’s a good link about complementary colors in fashion. Also consider the general style you’re both going for. Guys – this means that if she’s wearing a chic cocktail dress and heels, you should reconsider your cargo shorts and flip flops.
- White shirts/pants/dresses and black shirts/pants/dresses.
- Running shoes. Unless we’re literally shooting part of your session at the track, keep the casual shoes non-athletic. Chucks are a great option if you’re looking for a ‘photogenic’ sneaker.
- Ladies – avoid overdoing your eye makeup. When in doubt, err on the side of caution. Makeup can go from classy to cheap with just a few too many swipes of liquid eyeliner!
Think About Personalizing Your Engagement Session
- Bring a cute blanket if we’re shooting outside
- “Save the date” or “Thank you” signs, or anything else you can think of to help involve your engagement photos more directly in the wedding
- Your dog! I love dogs, so I definitely want to see your furry four-legged friend at our session!
- Bikes, headphones, books, coffee mugs – any ‘props’ you can bring that might show off a side your relationship or interests
article by: Emily Porter
photography by: Le Voyageur Photography
Body Shape Dress Recommendations: http://www.style-makeover-hq.com/body-shape.html
Complimentary Color In Fashion: http://www.academichic.com/2009/02/02/fashion-101-how-to-combine-colors/