Engagement Photos

What to Wear Guide: Couples and Engagement Sessions

Scott’s light blue button-up complements Kerri’s yellow dress so well! And her floral print also complements the wildflowers in the foreground.

Scott’s light blue button-up complements Kerri’s yellow dress so well! And her floral print also complements the wildflowers in the foreground.

When it comes to your couples or engagement session, your outfit can play a huge role in looking and feeling your best in photos. There’s something to be said for going the extra mile in your wardrobe choices. It can help you put your best foot forward. So, let’s jump into my 5 tips for choosing outfits for your session!

1)      Wear what makes you feel the most confident

It’s not every day you get your picture taken, and so your outfit can be unique, just like the experience. If you’ve always dreamed of twirling in a flowy dress, this is the perfect opportunity! However, if a long skirt or floral dress isn’t your thing, and you know you’ll feel self-conscious, wear what makes you feel your best (but that probably shouldn’t be yoga pants haha). Go shopping and treat yourself to an outfit you’ll love and want to show off.

2)      Stick to neutrals, pastels, and cooler tones

Your photos are all about you. This means your outfit should not distract from that focus. Overwhelming patterns and colors can draw attention away from your eyes and instead, onto your clothes. Try to avoid wearing too many colors at a time. Orange is also considered the least flattering color to photograph on people (as a general rule). When you stick to neutrals, pastels, and cooler tones, your outfit will help accentuate your beauty, and the scene, without being overwhelming.

3)      Keep the season in mind

During the spring and summer, it’s far easier to find outfits to wear for your session. The weather is warm, and the color palettes I listed above all tend to look great. In the winter though, I’d consider wearing richer colors. Black, navy, purple, red, and deep greens can help you stand out in a snowy location, bringing the attention back to you. The contrast is beautiful.

Other than colors, you should also consider the environment you are dressed for. If the flowers are blooming, or the grass is green, a sweater may look out of place in the photo, even if there is still a chill in the air. The same goes for winter. A short, floral dress may not be the most fitting for a white winter scene. Don’t bundle up too much though! You want your outfit to flatter your figure. During winter sessions, I bring blankets and gloves, so you can keep warm in between shots.

The purple and navy allow my husband and I to stand out against the snowy, white landscape

The purple and navy allow my husband and I to stand out against the snowy, white landscape

4)      Avoid Matching

By this, I don’t mean that you and your partner want to wear outfits that are completely opposite of each other. You want the colors and styles to complement each other. One person shouldn’t be wearing dark green and the other hot pink. Nor does it look the best when one person is wearing a gown and the other ripped jeans. By avoiding matching, I mean, it may look over done if you both wear the same red sweater, jeans, and similar shoes. Parts of your outfit can match, but they shouldn’t be head-to-toe the same. For example, I recently shot an engagement session where the gentleman wore a navy suit, and his fiancée wore a navy maxi skirt, with a cream blouse. It was perfect, although the colors were the same.

5)      Relax!

Choosing a great outfit for your next session can feel like a huge task! That’s why I am sharing a Pinterest board with you that has outfit inspiration. Many of the women’s outfits I’ve pinned also have direct links to purchase the item if you love it! Some great online boutiques and shops to look at for outfits include: Olive Ave, Piper & Scoot, ModCloth, and Morning Lavender. Rent the Runway also has some beautiful gowns and dresses you can rent for the fraction of the cost of buying. If you’ve booked a shoot with me and need help, please reach out! I’d love to help you feel prepared for your session.

 

Eleanor and Zach chose the perfect outfits to complement each other, and the deep navy looks beautiful with their red hair and against the white backdrop.

Eleanor and Zach chose the perfect outfits to complement each other, and the deep navy looks beautiful with their red hair and against the white backdrop.