What to Wear for Your Engagement Photos
Figuring out what to wear for your engagement photos doesn't have to be stressful or complicated at all. Let me help you get back to the FUN part of having a wedding by providing a few tips and pointers on how to get the most out of your engagement photography session. Whether you are working with me personally or one of my lead wedding photographers, or if you just happened to stumble upon this blog post looking for advice, these tips are tried and true and will lead you in the right direction.
First we want you to have FUN at your session. Everyone that works with me (meaning my lead shooters) value people over things. That is most likely one of the reasons you wanted to work with us. You can see that in our photographs. We love your laughter, your tears, your smiles, the cute way you look down when your partner says something that embarrases you. What that means to us is that we are looking at your interaction and the reactions you have to each other. The energy flowing between you before anything else.
Consider your personality over anything else. In other words, be true and authentic to who you are as individuals and also to who you are as a couple. For example, if you are a truly adventurous and active couple who likes to spend your weekends hiking, cycling or hanging out at the park, then wearing an evening gown and/or suit most likely would not fit your personalities. My goal is that when people see your engagement photographs they see a genuine representation of who you - and who you are on the outside should match who you are on the inside. Now with that said, if you spend your weekends dressing up and hitting the town, then by all means, swank it up!
Be mindful of your location. If your photographer is taking your engagement pictures at a park, with fields and meadows and tall grass to walk through then super high heels will not be your best friend.
Are you a casual couple? That's awesome! Keep your outfits casual, but not TOO casual. In other words, avoid shorts and tank tops, but rather opt for a super cute sun dress or casual polo and jeans for the guys.
Feel free to layer clothing and accessorize like crazy. It's really easy to switch out a scarf, jacket or jewelry to get an entirely different look in a few photos without the need to do a complete outfit change. Speaking of outfit changes, this is a question asked often. Couples want to know how many outfits they should bring. My generic answer is actually just the outfit you are wearing. The kind of photography we do really focuses on YOU as a couple, not necessarily the shoes you are wearing. Yes I love shoes!!! I get it... I really do. But, we want to highlight how you interact with each other so we genuinely want to spend the most time having fun and actually photographing you. We generally start really finding a good groove with our clients about 15-20 minutes into the shoot and when there are multiple outfit changes, it can affect the flow and energy going between us if we have to keep stopping. With that said, we totally understand that you might have two favorite outfits - so I'd say at the most two outfits, but make sure you can change quickly in your car as some parks do not have bathrooms and if we are in a downtown location, it could take some serious time to find parking and then a restroom to change in. Remember we time the sessions for the best light possible, so we only have so much time to shoot before the sun sets or we lose good light.
Avoid super loud patterns or opposite patterns. It's okay if one partner wears a pattern, but the other person should not.
Don't be too matchy matchy. In other words, it's okay if you both wear blue, but don't wear the same shade of blue.
Don't be afraid to incorporate something fun and meaningful to you as a couple. Love wine? Bring a bottle of your favorite wine and a couple of glasses. Maybe we can end the session that way. Love beer? Let's schedule your session near a popular brewery and we can definitely incorporate that into your photos. Love football? Bring a ball to toss around. Remember, this session is about YOU and who YOU are.
Love your pooch? Why not bring the dog along? Make sure you talk to your photographer first as we do recommend you bring a handler so we can work with the dog and then we still have time to work without the dog, yet keep the dog safe and secure.
Do check out catalogs of places you regularly like to shop. They will have some fantastic stylized ideas already waiting for you! Check out their websites and see how they style their couples for shoots based on the current fashion trends. You'll get a good idea of what looks well together this way.
With all of this said, it's important that you have FUN, relax and know that we want you to have a great experience with us. Being authentic to who you are is the most important takeaway and what we strive to capture in your photos. We can't wait to work with you!!!!