Some tips for what to wear and what not to wear for your session.
Tip #1 – Be yourself. My favorite photos are the ones where the couple looks and feels like themselves. Wear an outfit you’re comfortable in.
That being said, a photo shoot is an opportunity to enhance your natural beauty. Even if you don’t normally wear makeup, cameras have a way of picking up uneven tones on our faces. You don’t have to look like a contestant on RuPaul’s Drag Race , but a little foundation and mascara will go a long way toward making your pictures reflect how you look every day.
Tip #2 – Complement each other. Coordinating your outfits a little bit is fine, don’t wear matching outfits. If you don’t dress like each other every day of the week, I don’t recommend dressing the same for your shoot. However, I’m not against wearing colors that complement each other and pieces that have common shades.
Tip #3 – Show your true colors. Black might be slimming, but I generally advise couples not to wear it since it leads to every speck of dust and hair being easily caught on camera. Wearing white should be saved for your wedding day, so go with bright hues (not neon) that will pop from the background.
Tip #4 – Comfort is key. The better you feel in your clothes, the better you’ll look in front of the camera, so don’t overthink it. Another part of being comfortable is not having to worry about dragging a purse around or constantly shifting keys and your phone out of your pockets. Leave those items behind or in your car and you’ll feel a lot less restricted without them.
Tip #5 – Dress on the same scale. On the day of your photo shoot, you should both look like you’re headed to the same place. Plan on dressing to the nines? Make sure your fiance isn’t wearing his favorite Led Zeppelin tee with shorts and sneakers. Wear clothes that are on the same level of dressiness or casualness.
Tip #6 – Play off the location. Think of your surroundings when picking out colors for your outfit. If your photos are in a park, a green might camouflage you with the grass and trees. A complimentary color, like a red, would pop against the green if you want to stand out. For a more subdued look, try a cool color like a blue, to differentiate from your surroundings. If you’ll be in more of an urban setting — let’s say in front of an abandoned brick building — try bold hues to contrast with the gritty background. If you’re going to be shooting in a wheat field, try a casual sun dress or shirt and jeans. If your shoot is more formal — let’s say walking around Old City in Philadelphia before a date — cocktail attire might be the way to go.
If you wouldn’t normally set up a picnic in a field or go trekking through a far-off neighborhood, don’t do it for your engagement photos. If the setting doesn’t feel natural to you, let your photographer know some of your favorite spots to visit, like a nearby park or the cafe where you first met.
Tip #7 – Switch things up. If you can’t decide between casual and formal, go for both. Bringing more than one outfit never hurts, as long as you don’t have to haul a bag of clothes around everywhere. If you are unsure of what to wear, bring a couple of options to your shoot and ask your photographer which one they think will work best with the setting. Wardrobe changes are always welcome and will give you an alternative look for your photos.
Tip #8 – Consider the season. This may seem simple enough, but be sure to check the weather the morning of your shoot. Shorts and flip flops probably aren’t the best on a cold day, and wearing Uggs in the summer might not be the most comfortable option. If you’re fair-skinned and your photos are being done in early Spring, you probably haven’t gotten a lot of sun. My point is, bright colors can wash pale skin out, so it may be best to go with pastel or neutral tones.
Tip #9 – Don’t fear prints. So many people avoid prints because they don’t want to overdo it, but I welcome a good print. To balance the print, I recommend having your partner wear a solid color to even things out a bit. Patterns and prints will show off your figure, while hiding any parts you might not want to accentuate. Color-blocking breaks things up, and by adding textures or prints, it will only add interest to the outfit.
I don’t recommend wearing logos, over-sized shirts, or fabrics that will distract from your face. The photos should showcase you, not your favorite clothing brand or sports team.
Tip #10 – Layer it up. Clothes often photograph better when they are layered, so consider adding a cardigan, or jacket to finish your look. The weather can be pretty unpredictable all year round, so prevent uncomfortable photo sessions by layering your look. That way, if you decide to have some photos taken in the cool shade and then hike to your next sunny location, you don’t have to break a sweat. Layers are also great because they hide areas you might not feel comfortable flaunting. For the guys, depending on the weather, it’s often simple enough to have another shirt under a sweater or jacket to change things up halfway through the shoot. Layers can also include accessories like a vest or hat, which always add another element to the photos.
ONE LAST TIP; If you are doing a Engagement session DON'T FORGET THE RING.