Picking engagement session outfits can be such a stress point for so many brides. You want to look super cute because you are paying probably the most you have ever paid for pictures and that is how you are being introduced on your invitations to people that don’t know you. But don’t stress about that, because if you follow my recommendations you are going to look fabulous!
Dress it up!
This is your chance to “treat yourself” get yourself a nice new outfit that makes you feel fancier then maybe you would dress from day to day. As a generally you will want to stay away from distracting patterns, and bright colors. If you are wondering if the pattern is too distracting take the Breanna White Hanger Test. Put it on a hanger and take 5 big steps back. What are you focused on? If you are drawn into the pattern it is time to look elsewhere. Distracting patterns will draw the attention away from the love that you two share.
A recommendation I give to a lot of my clients is to look at a website called Rent the Runway for you gals and The Black Tux for guys. Rent the Runway if a great resource to find something a little more formal for a great price. They let you pick two different sizes to ensure that it fits and you can look at pictures of other people wearing it so you will have a really good idea of what you would look like in it.
Yana & Moises Engagement Session was featured on Love Inc.
Engagement Session Outfits don’t need to match perfectly
You want to avoid matching each other too much. Ladies, pick your outfit first. Based off what you are wearing have your mans clothing either be based off of one of the less prominent colors in your dress or just pick a color that compliments your outfit choice.
What you want to consider when it comes to your engagement outfit is your wedding color pallet. If you are planning on incorporating one of your engagement photos into your wedding invitation then I recommend picking colors that coordinate with your wedding colors so it doesn’t look out of place.
Should you Hire a Professional Hair and Makeup Artist?
Absolutely! Hair and makeup are just as important as the clothing you are wearing. Here are three essential reasons why…
1.Less stress! Let them make you look fabulous.
2. They know how to put fake eyelashes on. I promise it makes all the difference in the world. Your eyes look naked if you don’t.
3. Color. They know the right amount of color to add to your face with contouring, blush and lip so the pictures don’t wash you out.
Professionals know how to make you look your best, give them your inspiration and then trust them to make you look your best.
Does your Location impact your Engagement Session Outfits?
When choosing your engagement session outfits, you will also want to think about where you are planning on shooting. Mountain vs Beach, City vs Field, the styles are completely different. You will want to choose an outfit that complements to location but allows you to pop and be the center of attention. For example this red dress demands your attention and looks amazing with the cityscape in the background. But place this same couple on a beach… that outfit would look out of place.
Show Off your Waistline
Pick an outfit that does you favors. You want to accentuate your waistline. I know it is a style right now to wear flowy tops or dresses and not going to lie I have quite a few sitting in my closet myself. They don’t do you any favors when it comes to pictures. It allows you to move any way you want and still have you look fantastic. Where as a something that is baggier looks best when your man is grabbing your waistline (to accentuate it).
Show your Personalities!
Lastly don’t be afraid of being you at your engagement session. For example if you have a dog and they are a big part of your relationship don’t be afraid to ask your photographer to bring them to your session for a few pictures. Where did you meet? First date? Favorite thing to do together? Think of things that makes your relationship unique to you and try to incorporate those elements into your session. Engagements shouldn’t just be pretty pictures they should tell your love story as well. Remember that your engagement session outfits aren’t the only thing people are going to see when they see your images. They want to see your lives too!
Let’s chat about your love story and find a way to capture your love story in beautiful imagery.