Couples often ask me what they should wear for their engagement session. Engagement sessions usually display the love you have for each other, but should also show your personalities and your story, as individuals and as a couple. I have a style guide that I send to my clients, and here are a few points from that material that might help you design your up-coming engagement shoot. Have a great session!
What to Bring
Bring some excitement! It’s totally natural to feel some nerves coming into your session! After all, it isn’t every day that you have someone taking your picture while cuddling up to your fiancé. And you’re not expected to know how to model or how to smile or even how to engage the camera. The best thing you can do is to come ready and excited so you and your photographer can work together to create some amazing images.
It’s always nice to see couples dress up a little from their normal wardrobe for their engagement session! With that said, wear clothes you feel comfortable moving and walking around in. If you’re not really a suit-wearing person, consider a dressed-down version like slacks and buttoned-down shirt with the sleeves rolled up with a French tuck. Basic Rule of Thumb: If you don’t feel comfortable in the clothes, you won’t look comfortable in them. Bring clothes you feel GREAT wearing because if you feel great your pictures will come out amazing. So be happy, be trendy, be dressy, but most importantly be YOU.
Think about using lots of fun colors, fun designs, but stay away from wearing anything too pastel or khaki or any pattern that’s too busy. These things can either make you blend into the background or clash with your partner and/or background.
I usually shoot each couple in (up to) two outfits for some variety. Look at your outfits together to make sure they don’t clash. If you’re not sure what to bring or what will look good with your location, I recommend bringing 3-4 sets of clothes for your photographer to choose from. Consider also using accessories such as jewelry, hats, scarves, etc.
Bring a prop! A baseball bat, a surfboard, a bike, tennis rackets, your dog or leash-trained cat, etc etc. It’s totally not required, but anything that your photographer can use to make your photos more “you,” the better!
You only get to do engagement photos once, so if you are doing your own hair and makeup, make sure to plan enough time to make it perfect! This could also be the ideal opportunity to get to know your makeup artist before your wedding and schedule your trial run. Trial appointments can cost a little money, so be prepared. Just know they’re worth it!
Spend some extra attention to your eyes, especially eyeliner and mascara since those two things can feel “washed out” in photos. Most brides will opt-in for a natural look, but try to apply more color than what you’d put on for a usual day in the office, knowing that the color will translate more firmly in portraits.
Check with your photographer on how your personal belongings can be handled on the day of your session. I usually send out an email to my brides on what to expect and I’ll recommend them leaving their purses/wallets somewhere secure (for example the trunk of their car). Then I’ll volunteer myself or my assistant to carry the car keys, cell phone, lip gloss, etc. while we’re roaming around so it gives my couples the opportunity to be cute
Use the restroom before coming to your session. Sometimes locations don’t have accessible restrooms and finding a toilet can end up soaking a lot of your session time.
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