What you wear for your engagement session helps to set the mood in your images and showcases you at a turnkey time in your life! Since the fall is in full swing and is a popular time for engagement sessions, I decided that now is the perfect time to share a Top 10 Tips guide, providing outfit suggestions and examples so you can feel confident as you select your session attire. This guide doesn’t have to be limited to only engagement sessions- many of these pointers can also be applied to family, one-year anniversary, and maternity sessions, to name a few!
(Spoiler alert: Barry and I decided to make an appearance in this post!)
1.) Complement Your Colors Coordinate each other’s outfits with colors that look good together, without matching each other. An inspirational website to give you ideas for beautiful and unique color combinations is http://www.theperfectpalette.com/p/color-palettes_17.html .
2.) Be Yourself Wear items that best express who you are-ones that you are comfortable and confident wearing. If you are uncomfortable with your outfit, it will show in the pictures.
3.) Add a Pop of Color Whether your outfit is black, yellow, or blue, introducing an additional color to your attire will create eye-catching excitement to your images! For example, a yellow shirt looks sublime with a teal or turquoise necklace. The Perfect Palette website mentioned in tip #1 is a great reference for colors that tie well together.
4.) Spice It Up These images celebrate a turnkey time in your life, images you will look back on for years to come! Your outfit should best represent who you are, but make sure to include items that add a little bit excitement rather than just your average jeans and tee shirt. Don’t be afraid to wear bold colors or patterns! Make sure the pattern you wear isn’t the type that makes you dizzy when you look at it, and complement the pattern with articles that are solid in color.
5.) Forego Bold Logos The emphasis of the pictures should be on you and not the brand you are wearing! If you have a logo on your shirt, make sure it is small and unnoticeable.
6.) Include Texture and Layers Add some excitement to your attire with bold necklaces, scarves, cardigans, form fitting jackets, purses, tights, ties, bowties, suspenders… just make sure that you are comfortable in these items and that they best reflect who you are!
7.) Variety in Your Outfits A handful of outfits will add dimension to your images. Bring at least 3 outfits and make sure they range from casual to dressy.
8.) Personal Touches/ Special Heirlooms Add a touch of sentiment to your photos by including an item that is special to you: your grandmother’s locket, your father’s watch, your favorite sports team jersey or your cowgirl boots. These items will add a personal touch and will make your images even more meaningful as you look at them today, tomorrow, or 30 years down the road.
9.) Dress to the Same Level Make sure your attire is on the same scale. If one person is wearing a casual outfit, then so should the other. Same idea for the dressy attire.
10.) Play Off Your Location Think about the atmosphere of your session’s location and how you can tie into it. For example, if your session is going to be in the city, then consider wearing items of sophistication. Heels, form fitting skirts or dresses, and button down shirts are all items that would look great in a city scene. If your session is going to be in a field, then consider airy and relaxed attire: skirts and dresses that flow, casual button down shirts, or jeans.
Also- think about the colors of the setting where you will be photographed. In the city, the setting will most likely be white/black/grey, so your attire should be colorful to bring you off of the background. In a natural setting, the scenery will most likely be grass green, so your attire should include colors that stand out against green: for example, red, coral or yellow.