What to wear for your engagement session! | Tip Tuesday

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Engagement sessions--they are the best!  Want to know why?

They allow you as a couple to get to know me, gain confidence in front of the camera, learn great posing techniques we will use on your wedding day, and get some great portraits of the two of you to use on your save the dates, wedding website, social media, etc.  But let's be honest....what do you wear for an engagement session?!  That's a big choice!

Engagement sessions are such a blessing, but one worry I hear all the time is a couple not knowing what to wear.  Especially if you are planning on using these portraits for save the dates or your wedding website, you want to look your best.  So what do you opt for when it comes to attire?

I've put together some tips to help break it down for you!  These should make the decision making much easier!  If you are still struggling to put an ensemble together, don't hesitate to comment below and I'd be more than happy to help you out!

Without waiting any longer, here are your 5 tips for choosing an engagement outfit!

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1. Coordinate with one another!

When I say coordinate, I don't mean match one another exactly!  This will lead to very basic looking portraits.  We want to elevate your portraits and make you look your best!  So when looking to coordinate there are a couple of things you should keep in mind:

  1. Color Palette.  Form your outfits around the same 3-4 colors.  Two colors can be too simple while more than four can start to get busy.  So for example, perhaps stick to a warm chestnut brown, burgundy, and white/cream.  I would recommend having two of your colors stick within the neutrals family (white, grey, beige, cream, brown, black, silver, gold), and have the other two be a true color (navy, burgundy, forest green, blush, yellow).
  2. Formality.  If you are planning on wearing a floor length gown and heels, he should be in a suit so you both create one, cohesive tone with your outfits.  Think about the vibe you want to set.  Summer picnic, Parisian formal, at-home and relaxed?  Once you've decided your vibe plan both of your outfits to fit within that.
  3. Avoid direct coordination.  We want you to coordinate, but not match.  So for example, if he is wearing beige pants you should avoid wearing a beige skirt or pants.  Opt for a beige shoes and accessories instead.  To try and simplify it, avoid having articles of clothing directly match one another in color.

2. Don't be afraid of pattern and color!

Don't be afraid to inject a bold pattern or color into your scheme!  Plaids, stripes, and florals are just some of the many gorgeous patterns you could use.  A pattern could be a great way to inject some color without overdoing it.  Patters also create texture which photographs beautifully.  Here's a little secret: photographers LOVE texture!  There are just a few things I'd like you to keep in mind when it comes to using a pattern:

  1. Limit yourself to 1 pattern per person.  For example, you could wear a patterned skirt while he wears a patterned top.  This will allow you to create that interest in your outfits you want without going over board.
  2. Alternate size of patters.  This is a tool a lot of interior designers use for throw pillows on couches, so this tip doubles as an interior design tip!  You're welcome.  All this means is that if you both are wearing patters, make sure that one pattern is much large than the other.  So to continue our skirt analogy, if you are wearing a patterned skirt, make sure that pattern is either much larger or smaller of a print from his shirt.
  3. Wear different patterns.  This means exactly what it says--if he is wearing plaid, you do not.  Don't both wear stripes.  Pick different patterns, trust me, it will compliment much better that wearing the same!  So to finish off our skirt analogy, you're wearing a large checked skirt while he is wearing a finely striped shirt.  A perfect coordination and use of pattern!
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3. Layer up!

Remember what I said about photographers loving texture?  Another great way of adding some texture is through layering!  In the cooler months opt for a long coat, and maybe some cute mittens and hat!  Keep in mind the vibe you're looking to convey, and don't be afraid to layer up!  Especially in those cold winter months!

4. Put on your fancy shoes!

This is the perfect chance to get dressed up and wear that special occasion dress that's been hiding in your closet!  Break out your heels, get your hair and makeup done up nice, make sure your nails are looking nice, and get fancy!  I love it when couples aren't afraid to get formal.  If you aren't looking to buy a fancy dress for this occasion, a great site to look into is RentTheRunway.com !  They have hundreds of gorgeous options, all available to rent!  And when you're looking into bridesmaid dresses, this isn't a bad option for that, either!

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5. It's all in the details!

I touched on this a little in the last tip, but think about the details!  I will be taking photos of your hands, so make sure your nails are clean and look nice!  A simple, neutral polish is always great!  While you're at it, get your toes done if they won't be covered by closed-toe shoes!  Wear earrings and don't be afraid to throw a hat into the mix!  Hats instantly make every outfit look more stylish!  Make sure anything that needs to be ironed is, and give it all a good lint roll before you leave (and bring the lint roller with you!).  Think about these little details!  They help to complete the look and make you look polished.

 

When planning your outfit, I just want you to love what you're wearing!  Wear what makes you feel comfortable and confident, and you will rock those engagement portraits!  Don't be afraid to have two or three outfits for some variety, and I promise you will have a great time!

To see some great examples of what you could wear for an engagement session, click the button below!  It'll show you plenty of outfits, all utilizing some of the tips from above!

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