WHAT TO WEAR GUIDE
After a client books an engagement session, the first question a couple usually asks is “what should we wear?” The most important thing to feel during your engagement session is comfortable and yourself. You want your clothing and accessories to reflect you and your personal style.
That being said, your engagement session is a special occasion and sometimes we don't always have exactly what we want in our closets to celebrate. A lot of my clients end up renting from Rent The Runway, an online shop that allows women to rent expensive, designer dresses for a fraction of the cost.
Aside from loving on your partner, feeling beautiful and confident is the first step to a successful engagement session. And seriously, besides your wedding day (which is going to fly by!) when else are you going to be able to get dressed up and look and feel your best? Take advantage of this exciting season in your life!
Whether you decide to rent or wear something in your closet, here are some things to keep in mind when it comes to styling for your engagement session…
Options Are Your New Best Friend...
First off, I always recommend to bring some options! Most people bring about 3 or 4 pairs of bottoms and 4 or 5 tops each, along with some accessories, and jackets as well! I always suggest a "going out on a date" option,
and a more casual day to day option!
Remember, though, you don’t have to bring two looks if it’s too stressful or you’d rather just stick to one fabulous look. Just one outfit that you love will be so much better than one outfit you love paired with another you’re not very excited about. So, one or two? It’s really up to you!
Just Make Sure it Makes Sense...
Make sure that the materials you wear will keep you comfortable during the shoot not only for temperatures but also for being able to move around in. If you're in brand new jeans that are still stiff and tight, you might be distracted during the shoot trying to make sure everything stays in place! The goal is to be as comfortable as you can be!
Think about the conditions and locations we are going to be shooting in and plan around that. If we are going to be hiking around in the woods, bring shoes with good grip so you won’t twist your ankles. If we're doing an in home session, wear something comfy and casual! If it’s freezing cold outside, bring lots of layers and warm clothes with wool socks and boots. If it’s going to be hot, bring clothes that can breathe more so you don’t have sweaty pit stains in the photos.
Coordinating the Look
As your coordinating your outfit with your fiance’s, keep in mind that your outfits will look the most cohesive on camera when the color palettes coordinate, but don’t necessarily “match.” You should each aim to wear a different dominant color, but stay within a similar color palette family. I always advise my couples to coordinate colors and patterns together. For example, if one of you has chosen to wear a pattern than the other should choose a solid. Keep it simple, and jazz it up with jewelry or layers. For the guys, I strongly suggest choosing shirts without logos or sayings and to keep it simple. You want to stay away from anything that’s too busy, as well. Stick to smaller, rather than larger, patterns.
The camera loves earthy shades of soft pink and muted blues, mixed with neutrals like heather gray, creams, leather brown and ivory. That earthy color palette fits beautifully into almost all natural outdoor environments.
I typically recommend sticking with neutrals and earthy tones. Neutrals doesn’t mean just grays and browns, there’s neutrals of every color! (Mustard yellow, forest green, navy blue, burnt orange, etc.) By avoiding ultra-bright, bold colors, it will help bring all the attention to your faces and let the eye focus on the way you feel about each other.
Accessories + Props
I always encourage accessories! I love when couples bring hats, sunglasses, scarves, jewelry, etc because its nice to pair them with different outfit options. Layering your outfits can create some diversity in your images. Accessories that you can take on and off help, as well.
Props get a bad name for being super cheesy. But props don’t have to be cheesy, as long at they're done right! For example, a bottle of champagne, blankets, your dog, your motorcycle, etc. If you have props you wanna incorporate, let me know and we can make sure to incorporate them in a super cool, non-cheesy way!
Hair + Makeup
Professional hair and makeup is completely up to you! My brides always love it because it looks amazing and removes the stress of getting ready on your own. From lash extensions to blown-out hair, professional hair and makeup will give you an extra boost of confidence in front of the camera, and it always photographs like a dream. If you’re working with a makeup artist, have her apply your makeup in natural light, if possible, so that it looks fresh and not too heavy. Plus, that’s the type of light we’ll be shooting in, so it’ll give you the best expectation of how it will translate on camera.
That's All, Folks!
If you have anymore questions, don’t hesitate to let me know! If you’re still freakin out about what to wear feel free to shoot me a pic or two of what you’re thinking! Overall, just wear what you’re comfortable in and feel like you in.
You do you, and I promise the photos will turn out amazing.