If you are stumped on what to wear to your engagement photo session, then you are not alone. Many of the future brides I work with as a DC & Destination Wedding Photographer come to me after booking their session in an uproar of finding the perfect outfit. It definitely is important to think through the overall essence you want to portray in your photos. These will go on so many different elements for your wedding, so you want to make sure you are delighted with your appearance! In my years of photographing engagement sessions, I have put together a few different rules and recommendations I always tell my clients to go by.
The biggest misconception with engagement photos is that you and your significant other need to match. This definitely is not necessary and should actually be avoided. Rather than matching, instead pick outfits and accessories that coordinate and complement each other.
Jewel tones, navy, eggplant, black, blush, and cream are universally flattering and the typical color palettes I recommend. You don’t want your outfit to be the focal point in your photos. It should instead be the embodiment of your relationship. If you go with a bright neon pink or orange, it will take over your entire shoot.
Accessorize and make the outfits your own. A great handbag, a handsome watch, bold jewelry, and fun shoes are always welcomed. Accessorizing is a great way to make a fashion statement in your photos since it is subtle but still eye-catching enough while looking at the pictures.
Most patterns photograph well but be careful of graphics and small/checked prints like houndstooth. These are not favorable for portraits and can create an effect called moire when photographed. If you incorporate many patterns in your style and want that to be portrayed in the photos, sticking with a larger print is your best bet.
You don’t want to have any keys, wallets, or phones showing through your pockets. This is for the guys especially! Having bulky pockets will be a noticeable eye-sore in your photos. Keep this in mind for your wedding too!
This is one that so many brides miss. During an engagement session, I always take a few up-close photos of the ring, and you can tell if it is dirty. Make an effort to get it sparkly clean before your shoot so it will shine bright for the camera!
Most often, couples like to have two different “looks” for their photos for more variety. I recommend one dressier outfit and one more casual outfit. We can begin with the dressy outfit first so that you are more comfortable when you leave.
On comfort, how you feel in your outfit will show up on camera! If you aren’t used to wearing really high heels or tight skirts, then do not choose your engagement photo session to give it a go. Also, keep in mind that if the top is super low-cut, that can limit the number of angles I can photograph from.
As a DC Wedding and Engagement Photographer, I’m here for you every step of the way to help keep this process fun and exciting for you!