First of all, I want you both to approach this as a date night! Your session will be fun, intimate, and a fabulous excuse to go out together for a nice dinner and drinks afterwards. You're both already all dressed up after all, and you have plenty to celebrate! Yes, you'll get beautiful images to frame, put on save the dates, and share on insta, but more than anything, my goal is to make the session itself a wonderful memory and experience for the two of you when you look back on the time leading up to your wedding. That said, I know one of the biggest stressors in having your photo taken is choosing wardrobe and getting ready. I've gathered these tips for you to alleviate any of that stress and help you arrive at your session feeling confident and ready to have FUN!
1. No such thing as overdressed...
When it comes to engagement portraits, there is NO such thing as overdressed. This is when to go all out (aside from the actual wedding). You've already made the investment in your portrait session, don't fall short and not go all out when it comes to wardrobe! If you wear your best, you will feel your best, and how you feel always shows in the photos. So, wear something that makes you feel like A MILLION BUCKS!
Ladies, you cannot go wrong with a long, flowy dress. Here are two of my fave websites to get dresses that are great for pictures:
2. Choose two contrasting looks (if your session time allows for this)
Most of my engagement sessions are 45 min-1 hour. As I already mentioned in tip #1, I am all about dressing up. If you only have time to do one outfit, I'd stick with this choice. If you have time for an outfit change, I'd recommend choosing an additional outfit that is a little more casual.
3. Accessorize (okay, aside from the engagement ring!)
This is where your personality shines! Accessories can bring visual interest to photos and tie everyone's outfits together. Layer up - wear your coolest hats, hair-bows, bold jewelry, scarves, or unique pair of shoes. Think: things that make you, you. For example, I've got a hat collection, so there's a big chance that I'll be wearing one to my photoshoot.
Note: champagne for popping counts as an accessory in my book! 🍾
4. Mix patterns and solids
Variety is the spice of life...and photo wardrobe! Think subtly with the patterns, and try to steer clear of anything that will steal the focus of the image. Stick with bigger and bolder patterns rather than small intricate designs (these don't photograph the best). Remember, the goal is for the focus to be on you and your beautiful smiles - not a neon striped shirt!
5. Incorporate some texture
For example, a big knit sweater, some fringe (my personal fav!), or denim.
6. Clean that ring and get your nails done!
Yes guys, this includes you! Make sure you clean up those cuticles and get your manicure done. I will no doubt be getting some closes-ups of both of your hands and that beautiful rock!
7. Consider hiring a hair and makeup artist
Having a professional do your makeup for your portraits is a fantastic way to reduce stress and feel confident when you arrive at your session. It might seem like an unnecessary expense, but how often do you have professional photos taken? Go all in!
8. What not to wear
- Busy/small patterns
- Logos with brand names (ie: nike, adidas)
- Apple watches / hair ties on the wrist (distracting and eye sore)
- Anything that you wouldn't normally wear! Don't wear something you'll be uncomfortable in.
9. Do a trial run
It is best practice to try on outfits before the day of the shoot. This will help you avoid going into panic mode right before heading to your photoshoot when you realize that your shirt is see-through, those pants don't fit, these boots are scuffed, etc.!