Updated: Sep 25
Tips and tricks for selecting engagement shoot outfits & reasons to go neutral
Don't get me wrong - I LOVE color! But the main reason that I suggest my couples aim for a more neutral palette for their engagement session outfits, is because the toned down colors are going to accentuate your skin tones which, in return, focuses on the emotions and connecting between you and your partner and that should always be the main focal point!
1: FOCUS ON WHO YOU REALLY ARE!
The main recommendation I can make to my couples is that they should feel comfortable in the outfits they choose. The trick is to find outfits that feel like yourselves, but at your best. I know, easier said than done sometimes, but at the end of the day, you must be comfortable. If you choose outfits outside of your comfort zone, you can have a tendency to come off awkward and your focus and attention will not be on your partner and that's the opposite of what we want.
I always recommend that my couples bring 2-3 outfits. Typically, we only utilize 2, but I always recommend bringing a third as a backup incase we have any malfunctions. One formal outfit and a casual one always make for a great mix when it comes to an engagement gallery. Personally, I think it is best to start with the formal outfit and as you become more confident and comfortable in front of the camera, we can transition to the casual outfit to incorporate more movement, sitting and other playful prompts.
2: COMPLIMENT EACH OTHER
Mainly, what I mean here, is don't be too matchy-matchy. When deciding how you and your partner will dress, look for complementary colors and prints that aren't too elaborate. Try to stay away from anything too busy, as it will take focus away from you two. Also, be sure to consider tones! As I mentioned, neutral colors will keep the eye focused to you and your partner while a bright red, orange, pink is going to end up being the main focus point because the eyes are easily drawn to it.
3: THINK ABOUT THE SEASON
Since I primarily shoot in Michigan, we all know that we get every season. Sometimes all of them in one day! Because of this, it's always important to plan accordingly for the weather and the season. I love when the engagement gallery and the wedding gallery have an opposition of seasons. It can offer a lot of variety to your lifelong memories together, but I can also understand how that may not be ideal for some clients. Each season has their own look and aesthetic that makes them special. Personally, I am OBSESSED with shooting the the snow. There's something so dreamy about it, but if you're in a sleeveless shirt and some heels, it's not gonna feel super dreamy. Be sure to style a look that's in tune with the climate and location. If you're having your engagement session in winter or fall, I strongly recommend wearing fleece lined tights under pants or jeans! For all seasons, I love the incorporation of a cute jacket! We can always use it as a little prop, too, by draping it over the shoulder or around you partner for some snuggles :))
4: PLAN FOR YOUR BODY TYPE
Wearing clothes that fit well is essential for a successful engagement session. Ill-fitting clothes can be distracting, uncomfortable, and unflattering. Clothes that fit properly can enhance the body’s natural lines and curves, creating a polished and put-together appearance. If you take the time to ensure that everything fits correctly when you’re choosing what to wear for your engagement session, you’ll feel confident and look your best. That will allow your personalities and connection to show and lead to more elevated images.
5: HAVE FUN!
At the end of the day, I just want your engagement session to feel like date night to both of you. I want you to have fun, embrace your connection and focus on being together in the moment. It's your relationship and it is worth celebrating as you take these next steps together and I can't wait to capture it!
DO'S & DONT'S FOR ENGAGEMENT SHOOT OUTFITS
- Add accessories (just don't go too overboard). Nothing wrong with an accent piece!
- Incorporate props! I personally love a little cheers with champagne or beer :)
- Wear comfortable and well-fitted clothing.
- Get professional hair & makeup because it can be great practice for the big day.
- Launder & iron your clothes!
- Bring comfortable shoes for traveling to different locations.
- Wear white pants! I want you to feel comfortable with sitting and movement without having to worry too much about getting dirty.
- Choose clothing that has logos or a lot of writing.
- Pick outfits that are too tight or too baggy.
- Wear white socks that peak out from under the pants.
- Go tanning right before your session! Don't want to risk a burn or tanning disaster. You would be surprised how far choosing the right outfit will go for your skin tone.
- Wear matching outfits, unless we are going for irony!
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