March 27, 2019
I remember back to a year ago when I was choosing outfits for my own engagement session, and it was one of my favorite parts of planning! However, I do know that some brides feel can feel overwhelmed by not knowing what to wear and some brides feel overwhelmed with too many options! I get asked all the time by my couples what I recommend, so I thought I’d share!
- First of all, I recommend choosing a maximum of two outfits, one casual outfit and one formal outfit. This allows you to still have lots of variety in your photos during your engagement session, but you don’t waste too much precious daylight by changing outfits multiple times! I recommend arriving in your more casual outfit, and ending the evening at sunset in your more formal outfit. You’ll feel more comfortable in front of the camera a little later in the session, and will give me the chance to get the beautiful glow to make stunning portraits!
2. The key to great outfits is to COORDINATE, not to MATCH.
3. You can never go wrong with NEUTRALS! I will always always always recommend neutral colors, such as off-whites, grays, creams, and tans, as well as blushes, light blues, and any pastel colors. They always photograph beautifully and result in a classic, timeless, light and airy look! They photograph softer and more romantically! I recommend avoiding both of you wearing white – this doesn’t allow for any contrast in your images. I also recommend avoiding wearing any BRIGHT colors such as bright red or orange – these colors reflect back onto your skin and change your skin tones in photographs.
4. ACCESSORIZE! Remember that accessories can add so much to an outfit as well! Statement earrings or necklaces, watches, heels, scarves, or even a BOUQUET! If you want to add a stunning touch to your photos, you can never go wrong with florals!
For the Ladies: Be sure to choose outfits that you are fully comfortable in and you feel extremely confident and beautiful in. Wear something that flatters the parts of you that you love the most. This will play a huge part in how much you love your images. If you are even a little uncomfortable when you look in the mirror, then there’s probably a better outfit option for you! If you’re really looking for a soft, feminine look, I recommend a flowing, maxi-length dress or skirt! The movement of this type of fabric always photographs beautifully! Tulle and lace are two other fabrics that photograph well – the texture adds visual interest!
For the Men: Avoid patterns that are smaller than a dime because they can create strange visual effects in a digital camera. Close-toed shoes photograph best, and I recommend avoiding graphic tees and tennis shoes! Dress pants and button-down shirts are always a good option, and you can never go wrong with a suit and a tie.
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