When it comes to wedding planning, there is a lot of pressure. This causes engagement photo sessions to be an afterthought for many couples. However, that is a mistake! Engagement photos set the tone for your wedding day. They need to be just as well thought out as everything else in your wedding planning process. Your engagement photos also represent one of the most important times in your lives. You want them to look perfect! In this blog post, we’ll discuss 5 tips that will help you find the perfect engagement photo outfit. One that reflects who you are as a couple while still making sure that it looks great!
Choose 2-3 colors that look great together and make those your color pallet. It will help you when coordinating your outfits. Coordinating your outfits to compliment each other is much more flattering than matching colors. I mean, who wants to look like they walked out of a cheesy portrait studio with matching white t-shirts?
Example of coordinating outfits with a navy, grey & white color palette : She’ll be in a navy long dress. On the other hand, he’s in navy jeans, white dress shirt, and a grey sports jacket.
When you’re thinking about your engagement photo outfit, it’s tempting to want to match every item. This looks boring in photos because it lacks contrast between items that are side-by-side.
There are many more ways that you can coordinate your engagement photo outfit without having everything match exactly color-wise! For example,take advantage of patterns. Patterns and different textures provide interest and movement in a photograph.
Wearing sweatpants is probably not the most romantic scene that you want captured in photos. A more formal outfit will help show off how much thought and love went into planning this session. It also sets an appropriate tone for the wedding photos to come! Avoid neon colors, graphics, and busy patterns to create more aesthetically pleasing images. If your outfits are too casual or too dressy, you’ll look out of place in your engagement photos.
Although it’s completely optional, having 2-3 outfits gives you more variety in your images. You want to portray a variety of styles so you have more photo options to choose from. If you choose a formal outfit, maybe have your second outfit be more “date night” casual. Having different styles of wardrobe creates different moods in your photos. It’s helpful to have a outfit that is more on the formal side and one that you’re completely comfortable in!
Outfits for engagement photos should be flattering to your shape and create flow in the way that they drape over one another. Lastly,simplicity will always serve you best! Over-the-top ruffles, bows, and lace can draw attention away from you.
Your engagement photos are all about you so they need to reflect who you are – and no one else’s style! If you’re normally conservatively, don’t wear something flashy just because it “looks good”. Your personality is important so make sure the clothing and accessories you choose represent your true self. Keep in mind that you can see in photos when you look uncomfortable. Make sure you feel confident and comfortable in your outfits.
If you have an edgier style, don’t be afraid to show it! If you usually wear super bright colors or a lot of black, embrace that in your engagement pictures as well.
Engagement sessions are typically outdoors so it’s important to consider how different types of weather will affect what you wear. For example, a beach engagement session will be windy. If you don’t want your hair flying around, style your hair in a bun or maybe a braid. On the other hand, if it’s chilly – opt for layers such as a scarf, sports jacket, or chunky sweater. Lastly, especially in Florida, if it starts pouring rain at any point, a clear umbrella can save the day! ( We already have that one covered! )
Sometimes, it’s not just about you. Think of your engagement shoot as a collaboration – one that captures both you and the location together for posterity.
Whether you’re in front of an urban backdrop or the mountains, be sure to keep in mind that there needs to be a harmony between your outfit and the background. You don’t want to end up looking like a canned ham floating in space! Conversely, if you’re trying to showcase your environment (like being on top of the Empire State Building), then make sure it still looks like YOU are on top of that building.
Engagement sessions can be captured anywhere – from bustling city streets to secluded driftwood beaches. Make sure that your outfit is versatile enough to work well in the environment you choose for your engagement session. Check out this blog post for engagement session location ideas.
Choosing the perfect outfit for your engagement photo session is no easy feat. You want something comfortable, yet polished – and more importantly, you want to look good together! Let us know if these tips helped when deciding what clothes would work best for your engagement photoshoot. If you need more ideas on what looks great together, let’s chat! We can stylize your epic engagement session together based on your personality and preferences!
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