What to Wear: Engagement Session

May 20, 2019

10 Tips for Beautiful Engagement Session Outfits

This post is for all the recently engaged couples out there! Planning a wedding is SO exciting and sometimes overwhelming! I found, when planning our wedding, it was easiest to take it one task at a time (I have a tendency to try and do everything at once, and then basically nothing gets done, haha). So first things first, the engagement session! Although, having an engagement session may not be the FIRST thing you nail down for your wedding specifically (like a venue, photographer, coordinator), it IS the first thing in the line of events to happen leading up to the wedding! EEK!! I absolutely LOVE seeing beautiful outfit coordinations. I don’t know if many people realize or pinpoint this, but great outfit choices can enhance the end results in your engagement photos! So I’d suggest putting some thought into what you’re going to wear! Here are 10 tips to making AMAZING outfit choices 🙂

1. Most couples have two outfits. One outfit is typically more dressier and the other is more comfortable and casual! The more outfits you choose, you’ll have more variety but less portraits (because we’ll be taking time out to change)!

2. Coordinating doesn’t mean “matching.” Wearing different shades of the same color is more ideal than trying to match the EXACT color blue! For example, I would avoid both wearing white tops and khaki bottoms for a couple of different reasons: there’s not much visual interest and you could look like you’re blending into each other in photos where you’re close together! A second reason is that it could appear very uniform and “matchy-matchy.”

3. If you want extra ROMANTIC images, consider wearing something long and FLOWY! There’s something about chiffon type material that photographs SO beautifully! Also, light & neutral colors allow images to appear more light and airy no matter what the weather conditions!

4. Be sure that you are both equal when it comes to how formal your attire is. If the bride is wearing a long flowy gown… the groom probably shouldn’t be in shorts and tennis shoes! (Another tip, black tends to raise the bar a bit on formality)

5. This is for the people who pay (maybe sometimes way too much) attention to detail (aka, somebody I know named Samantha, haha). So take it or leave it! Some couples plan their attire to match with the colors of the wedding day so that the Save the Dates can match with the overall theme and colors of the wedding!

6. If someone is wearing an outfit with a lot of color and pattern, like plaid or florals, it’s best for the other to wear a neutral or solid color to tone it down. I like when one person, let’s say the bride, has a patterned dress and the groom’s outfit pulls colors from her dress.

7. If you are wearing patterns, the bigger the better! This is partially from a technical standpoint, the camera has a hard time picking up tiny little checkered patterns, especially from far away, and it can result in “chromatic aberration,” which is basically weird coloring around the small lines of the patter and can create an editing nightmare!

8. Accessorize! This is a hard one, especially if you’re like me, I do not do this well, ha! But I know so many people who do, and honestly I envy them! They can add SO MUCH to an outfit! Dress it up, dress it down, creates visual interest, AND can give you something to do with you’re hands so you don’t end up feeling like Ricky Bobby!! (Anyone? Anyone?)

9. Don’t overthink it! A few of my favorite outfits have been very simple. A solid button up with jeans! Easy peasy!

10. And last, but certainly not least, this tip is one that I highly recommend paying attention to: Confidence photographs well! Be sure to wear attire that flatters your skin tone and figure. This may seem like common sense but I do this all the time. We all know that everyone has certain outfits that look GREAT on them and some things, just aren’t made for your body type. For instance… I’m tall, I have a long torso, and so I really don’t like the way I look in strapless tops. I think it makes my boobs look way lower than they should be! So wearing a tube top is NOT IDEAL. I also know that orange is NOT “my color” so you’ll probably NEVER catch me wearing an orange strapless dress!! If you don’t like the way you look in stripes on a normal day, you’re not going to love the way you look in your images, no matter how good of a photographer you choose 😉 If you’re self conscious about your legs, maybe avoid wearing a short dress. If you’re self conscious about your arms, it’s probably not smart to wear a tube top.

The bottom line is: make sure you wear something that you’re comfortable and feel the most YOU in. If you’re a pants and t-shirt kind of girl, you should totally bring pants and a nice blouse as one of your outfits. And sure, I’m going to teach you how to pose in super flattering ways, but you’ll love your images so much more if you wear an outfit that you’re comfortable and CONFIDENT in!! Whoever it was that said confidence is the best outfit, wasn’t lying!! 😉