Congratulations! You have booked your engagement session and hopefully found your wedding photographer too! The day and location have been selected for your engagement portraits and then it hits you...
What am I supposed to wear and what happens during an engagement session?!
Boots or Heels? Dress or Jeans? Coat or no coat? Stop! Don't get overwhelmed you are in the right spot! This blog should give you images, engagement sessions to look through and suggestions to help you pick the perfect outfits for your upcoming session.
Here we go! Crash course in engagement session attire. These are the things we are going to focus on. Also, feel free to view some engagement sessions that I have selected to demonstrate these 5 tips.
1. Keep it simple
Simple outfits are the way to go. The focus of your session is your recent engagement and your love for each other; not how amazing your clothes are. Don't worry about creating a stylized session that you would find on the cover of Vogue. Your engagement session is used to celebrate your engagement and to also schedule a time to get to know your photographer.
During your engagement session you should expect become familiar with your photographer's shooting and editing style; and also how they communicate with clients while posing. Your photographer will use this time to see how you and your fiancé interact with each other. They will be evaluating how comfortable you are in front of the camera and how much coaching she needs to support you in posing together. Your photographer will learn how to communicate with you in the most effective ways to make sure you get beautiful portraits.
2. Two Outfits
All you need is two outfits, one formal and one comfortable. Your photographer will be incorporating many different poses so you don't need to worry about bringing your entire wardrobe with you. I recommend arriving in your formal outfit so that when you change it will be something more comfortable and casual to close out your session. Your photographer may ask you to keep on your outfits but take off sweaters, scarves or other accessories that will add some variety to your photos.
3. Colors, Prints & Textures
Picking the right patterns, textures and colors is sometimes difficult and scary for couples. Here are some ideas for you to consider when selecting outfits that compliment and go together.
Patterns: Don't be nervous to use patterns atterns can be used during photos and they are actually very beautiful; but make sure not to over do it. During engagement photos, one person should have a pattern and the other should compliment that pattern. You can do this by selecting one color of the pattern to pull out and incorporate in the second person's outfit. For example, in the above photos of Tiah and Brad's engagement session Tiah found a beautiful blanket scarf with a fine plaid pattern and Brad wore the color of the pattern as his shirt.
Textures: Playing with textures can be very fun. In Brad and Tiah's engagement session (above) it was during the winter in Michigan. They incorporated a wool scarf and fur in her coat. Textures add dimension. In the summertime, many women choose a light and flowy dress while men where a long sleeve button downed shirt rolled at the sleeves. Have fun with textures! You can see another great example of how Carly and Mark (Below) used her lace dress and his wool sweater to compliment between heavy and light textures to pair beautifully.
Colors: Sticking to colors that compliment each other ( think red and green in the above photo of Tiah and Brad's session) and also sticking in the same family of colors ( think the colors of the photos below. (Carly and Mark stuck to cool colors in the blue/gray family). Carly did a beautiful job of finding a same colored shirt for Mark as her dress
4. Fun, bold Accessories
Haley and Michael's engagement session and was the perfect blend of comfortable, casual and formal attire. I loved Michael's suit. He used his tie to incorporate colors from Haley's dress. Haley used a beautiful over lay to her black dress to blend with the navy in Michael's suit. The both of them had simple accessories that completed the look from Haley's belt, and watch to Michaels cufflinks and custom embroidery on his sleeve. Their session incorporate personal touches that added to their look and completed their outfits perfectly.
5. Wear Comfortable Clothes
Aspen and Brent's session was a great example of being comfortable and simple. Dressing in clothes that complemented each other and utilized textures was perfect for the simple background we used for their portraits. They were comfortable therefore we could focus on posing them in flattering ways and not worry too much about wardrobe malfunctions.
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