There are a ton of factors that go into choosing what to wear to your engagement session, and I know it can be tough to decide which outfit will suit your photos best!
Here are my go-to tips:
1. Wear something you’re comfortable in
I think the most important thing is to wear something that makes you feel good. You should feel both comfortable and confident in your outfit. This helps you focus on having fun and enjoying yourself, rather than worrying about what you're wearing.
2. Allow for movement
You will be moving a lot in your session, so you will want something that can move with you. A flowy dress or skirt looks amazing in photos because it will add to the movement.
03. Consider the location
The location helps when choosing what to wear. You can go off the vibe of where you are shooting. If you're shooting downtown it would be easier to wear a dress and high heels than if you were hiking in heels. You should also consider how the colors of your outfit complement the colors of the environment, without causing them to blend in or get lost in the landscape. Your outfit should fit the elements and also be functional in them.
It's good to pick a group of colors that are complementary. Staying in a range of tones will give it a cohesive look. Earth tones and neutral colors always photograph well and blend nicely. While coordinating is good, you don't want to completely match. For example, both wearing blue jeans and a white top would be too matchy.
05. Make a statement Your engagement session is a perfect opportunity to stand out with a statement outfit. When you're doing more than one outfit, having one neutral outfit and one statement can be fun. Some examples would be an all-white set, a fun red dress, or a bold pair of shoes. You could have so much fun with this!
06. Patterns & Distractions
It's good to stay away from bold and distracting patterns. Minimal, smaller patterns will blend in nicer. Too many patterns will start to compete and will look busy. It's also good to avoid bold branding and stay clear of logos on clothing as it will also stand out. You don't want anything that will draw your eyes away from the two of you.
07. Hair and Makeup
Getting your hair and makeup done for your session is 1000% up to you. Having someone else glam you up can be an awesome confidence boost and can make the photos pop! If you are going to go for hair and makeup, it's always good to make sure it still looks like you and isn't too out of your comfort zone. If you booked makeup for your wedding day, your engagement session can be a good time to use it as your makeup trial. If you don't know who to book, shoot me a message and I can send you a list of my favorite local vendors!
Accessories are a fun way to spice up an outfit. You can also use them to add colors to help coordinate your outfits. Accessories like hats, sunnies, scarves, or jackets will add interest and dimension to your outfit.
09. Bring lots of options!
I always recommend bringing two outfits, one dressier and one more casual. This way you're getting more out of your session with two different looks. If you're still struggling with your outfit choices, bring lots of options. I would be more than happy to help you piece together your outfit!