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How to Style your Engagement Session:

Award Winning Wedding Photographer shares Top 10 Pro Tips to help you nail your Engagement Session look!

What should we wear?

This is the question that I get asked most often & if you’re stumped on what to wear for your engagement photos, you’re definitely not alone! After all, these images will appear on everything from your save the dates, to your wedding website, to the walls of your first home! It’s important to put together looks that feel 100 percent you. Before you start shopping, consider these hot tips regarding what to wear (and what not to wear) for your upcoming engagement session!

1. Who are you?

If you haven’t already, it’s super important to go ahead and figure out who you are & what you’re into as a couple (i.e. are you a sporty/active/outdoorsy couple or maybe you’re a concert, cityscapes and rooftop drinks kind of couple?), what your engagement session style is (or what you want it to be) and what types of images that you’re drawn to! Lucky for you, we’ve created some pin boards to help you figure it out! 😉

2. Wear clothing that makes you feel like you.

If you’re strictly a casual, T-shirt and jeans kind of couple, now’s not the time to pull out a ball gown and tux. My very best advice is that you should feel totally comfortable in whatever you choose. You should still look like you but the hottest, best version of you! 😉 Wardrobe choices that are extremely outside your level of comfort will make you look and feel awkward in photos.

Think your T-shirt and Jeans aren’t good enough for Engagement Photos? Think again! I took the liberty of creating a pinboard for inspiration to show you just how sexy those t-shirt and jeans engagement sessions can be!

Check that out here: Casually Sexy Engagement Session Inspo

3. Stick With Two Outfits 

Girl, you gorgeous and all but we simply don’t have enough time to treat this engagement session like runway show! Engagement Sessions usually last between 1-2hrs and we have enough time for about two looks max during that timeframe! I like to keep my engagement sessions pretty relaxed, low key, fun and the vibe is always way chill. Selecting only two looks ensures that we won’t spend the entire engagement session in a rush to change into the next outfit! Also, you’re going to have a million wedding photos where you’re all dolled up and looking gorgeous, these are the images where you get to remember who you guys are as a couple during this season of your life together!

4. No Matchy-Matchy.

Ever seen those photos where the entire family wears khakis and white shirts? No girl. Just, No. You want to compliment each other without trying to match exactly! Matching outfits and patterned prints aren’t ideal for portrait sessions! When choosing looks for your engagement session, you want to select complementary colors without trying to match exactly. Example: Your partner is planning to wear a plaid shirt with a few different colors in the pattern and jeans. I wouldn’t recommend choosing a dress in the same pattern but maybe you wear a solid color dress, a bright pop of one of those colors found in that shirt!) Try to stay away from anything too busy, as it can be an unnecessary distraction in photos.

5. Choose Pastels, Muted or Neutral Tones 

You’ll want to avoid anything neon or bright/bold colors. Orange is the least photogenic color, while red is the color your eye is drawn to immediately—and you don’t necessarily want your shirt or skirt to be the focus of your photograph. Example: I once had a couple dress up for a portion of their session, he wore a suit with a bright red tie and she wore a bright red dress to match. They were a beautiful couple and they certainly looked nice but a black tie would’ve looked better for the photos. If you’re going to incorporate a bright pop of color like that, only one of you can pull it off! You want your faces and the love between you to stand out not the bold colors in your wardrobe.

6. Tie Everything Together with a Color Scheme 

I always advise couples to think about their home decor or their wedding color scheme when choosing the color pallet for their engagement session. After all, you may be displaying these images at one or both of those places and you want the images to be complimentary where they’re displayed! Once you have an idea of what colors you’ll be wearing in your engagement shoot, consider how that color will translate throughout the entire gallery. You want to create synergy, rather than have the final result look like a jumbled collection of images that are wildly different. Example: you want to wear a baby blue dress in one set of photos and maybe your partner can incorporate the same hue in a later look during the shoot to tie everything together without being overly matchy-matchy.

7. We LOVE… 

Interesting textures and accessories such as a suede booties, a felt hat, a beautiful scarf or statement necklace. These additions to your look can lend a little oomph to any engagement session! Adding in at least one accessory per outfit for the ladies and wearing layers of clothing for the guys, are two things that photograph well because it adds more visual interest to their looks and, as a result, to the images!

8. Create a Visual Feast with Striking Fabrics and Unexpected Pairings 

I absolutely LOVE it when couples incorporate attention-grabbing fabrics (think: chiffon, sequins, silk, lace, velvet, fur, leather, tule etc.) into their engagement session outfits. Seriously, I LOVE IT. These textures add a ton of visual appeal to an image, which in turn makes them awesome. Just, YES!!

9. More Romance Please!

As much as I love casual engagement sessions, I LOVE Romantic engagement sessions the most! When couples choose to dress it up, go black tie or totally knock it out of the fashion park, it’s like photo MAGIC! I mean this IS once in a lifetime, go Big! If you’re the kind of couple who’s just as comfortable in black tie as you are in a jeans…. I beg of you, DRESS. IT. UP GIRL!!!

Check out these Timeless, Romantic Engagement Sessions for Inspiration: Romantic Engagement Session Inspo

*Notice the Silks and the Lace and the Velvet and the Tule, oh my!!!*

10. Flatter Your Body Type 

Although this hot tip was listed last, it is arguably one of the most important considerations for styling your engagement session! Clothing looks best when it fits properly and accentuates your assets! You want to select looks that you love, that make you feel confident & that make you feel smoke’n hot!

Pear-Shaped: To show off your curves, focus on cinching the waist with an A-line silhouette that flares at the bottom.

Apple-Shaped: An A-line style with a gradual flow from the waist to the legs is always flattering. This shape is also great for a dress with texture and/or a deep V-neck.

Busty: Scoop and sweetheart necklines offer support and open up the décolletage so the focus is on the face rather than the bust.

Small Chest: Look for textured or ruched styles to create fullness in the chest area.

Plus Size: Engagement photos featuring an empire-waist dress, they’re super flattering and emphasize the smallest portion under the bust, creating the effect of a slender silhouette from top to bottom.

Good Luck lovely lady, you got this! 😉

To see all of our Engagement Session Styling Pin Boards (Including Themed Engagement Session Inspo), head on over to our Pinterest Account by clicking here: Inspire Me

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