What To Wear :: Engagement


When sitting with my clients during our first consultation, I’m always a bit saddened when a couple decides the e-session isn’t all that important or they’ve already had someone else shoot it (generally a family member or friend for little or no cost).  An engagement session is such an awesome opportunity for you two as a couple to show off to family & friends – & the world even – how in love you are.  But is also is the unique opportunity to truly get to know the photographer who will be spending the most intimate & once-in-a-lifetime moments with you during your wedding day!  Not only that, but when shooting with the same photographer your final images will truly tell a story of this glorious time in your life without words.

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So!  Off of my soapbox & on to fashion!  When discussing e-sessions with my clients, there’s almost always the question of what to wear.  I think the question comes from the desire for the absolute most stunning images possible, not the lack of style.  So in an effort to pose a response with the most information possible, I thought I’d do a bit of my own research & create this posting!  So here’s a bit of what I’ve found.

For some  unique & trending ideas for your engagement session clothing, follow this Pinterest board.

Mariann WIlson Photography says:

Keep in mind : Your body type. We all hate those glamour magazines* that tell us all of the ways that we are making ourselves look horrible in the clothes we love. I personally have a love/hate relationship with a particular little black dress of mine. But, for certain occasions, it is worth doing a little research. For women and men both, there is no shortage of information about general body shapes and clothes that will be the most flattering for those body shapes. Put in the effort, and dress accordingly. (Example: almost no one looks good in a tube top and super short shorts, trust me)

Rebecca Anne Photography has some wonderful tips as well:

  1. Wear something comfortable!  If you feel uncomfortable, then you will look uncomfortable.  At least have one of your outfits be this way and wear that one first!
  2. Go to your default outfit that you know you look good in!  Don’t wear something that isn’t you.  Wear clothing that you normally wear or something you know you will wear again.  Don’t go out and buy an outfit that isn’t you and you would never wear again.  Be yourself!
  3. Add accessories!!!  Bring a hat, several necklaces, add on earrings and a bracelet and bring different shoes!  And yes, guys can accessories.  Hat, scarf, and even jewelry!

The following is a reblog from Apple Brides.

1.  Coordinate Colors. This doesn’t mean matchy-matchy, it just means that you wear colors that complement each other and pieces that have common shades. Here is a great example from Melissa Kay Photography.

Spokane wedding blog

“An easy way to pair colors is to choose one hue (like the pink blouse below) then combine it with a neutral. So simple.” Melissa Kay Photography

2. Be bold with color. Yes, black is slimming but it doesn’t always come out well in photos so try and pick a bright color that will stand out.

Spokane wedding venueFrom Hazelnut Photography

3. Wear extra make-up! Your engagement session is a great time to try out your wedding make-up artist, see if you can coordinate a trial on the day of your engagement session. If not, make sure you wear heavier make-up than your everyday look, and definitely wear lipstick!

4. Don’t be afraid of prints. I know they may be a bit scary, but a head to toe print can look great in photos. Just make sure it’s one that is flattering and hits you in the right places! Also, stay clear of logos and designs on shirts, etc. To balance the print, have your fiance wear a solid color.

From Hazelnut Photography

5. Choose clothes that complement your surroundings. Try and wear an outfit that matches your location. For example if you are going to be shooting in a wheat field, then wear a casual sun dress with cowboy bootsBut if your shoot is more formal a cocktail dress or nice pair of slacks and sweater is the way to go.

6. Have an outfit change. It’s a good idea to have one casual outfit and one more formal one. And if you are unsure of what to wear, bring a couple options to your shoot and ask your photographer which one they think will work best.

7. Wear playful accessories. Play up your femininity if the outfit is edgy or choose edgy jewelry to balance super feminine outfits. (Hazelnut Photography) If your outfit is pretty casual, try sprucing it up with a pretty necklace, high heels or cute flats.

8. Avoid anything too trendy. You want your outfit to be current and contemporary, but not something that’s going to be embarrassing in a couple months!

9. Wear layers. In my research, there were quite a few photographers who said that clothes photograph better when they are layered. So add a cardigan, blazer or jacket to finish your look!

10. Be true to your style. It sounds like a cop out, but really and truly the best photos are the ones where the couple is just being themselves. So above all, wear an outfit you’re comfortable in and that accentuates your style and best features.

I hope this has helped you put together a great set of outfits for your engagement session!  If this article has been helpful in any way, please leave a comment below!

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