Congratulations! You are engaged to the love of your life! Now that you’ve booked your photographer, one of the next steps is preparing for your engagement session. When it comes to selecting your engagement session outfits, there are SO many options. How many outfits do we bring? Do I want dressy, casual or maybe both? What’s the difference between matching and coordinating? Here are my best tips for how to select your engagement session outfits!
I always recommend for my couples to bring at least two engagement session outfits. I think it’s so fun to have a bit of variety in your photos. This is the only time you’ll ever get to have engagement photos, so might as well make the session as fun and creative as you can!
I typically recommend for my couples to bring their favorite outfit with them and wear their other outfit first. Why? Because, if you’ve never done a photo session before (most all my couples) then it’s going to take you a little bit to relax and feel like yourself in front of the camera. I promise to make it fun and relaxed for the both of you! But it just might take a few minutes for you guys to be fully comfortable and by the time you change into your second (and favorite) outfit, you’ll be a pro!
When it comes to deciding upon dressy or casual, I think it all depends on you guys and your personality! Do you both tend to dress a little nicer in your day to day? Or do you both feel most comfortable in jeans and a nice top?
Here’s one of my recommendations: If you decide to wear a dress for one of your engagement session outfits, I would suggest wearing pants for your second outfit. It could be jeans or even some dress pants if you want to keep both outfits a bit more classy. But this way, we will be able to do some fun prompts that make it a little harder in a dress. I might have you guys sit for a few photos or if you’re feeling playful, have your man give you a piggy-back ride!
One thing I want to note is the importance of dressing for the elements! If you have an early spring wedding, you might have to opt for a snowy winter engagement session. As much as you may want to wear a light flowy dress, it’s going to look out of place at a snow covered tree farm. You can still look classy and put together in a long dress coat or even a sweater dress!
This will depend on your photographer and their style, but for myself, I tend to lean more towards outfit choices that will allow your images to turn out brighter and softer. You might not know this, but you can actually make outfit choices that will reflect the above. Coordination is key! You both don’t want to wear something too similar, but it does help to pick outfits that compliment each other well! It’s important to note that you don’t need all of these things in order to have brighter, softer images, but the more you include, the more romantic and bright they will be!
I love blushes, tans, light pinks, faint blues, creams, grays and whites. They will result in more of a light feel to your images and these colors photograph softer and more romantic.
Dresses with feminine ruffles, multiple layers or ability to flow in the wind will always photograph so beautifully! You might be amazed at how impactful moving fabric softens an image.
If you really want that light effect, you may consider having your groom wear lighter colored pants instead of dark jeans.
With the above, I usually recommend lighter colors, however I have been a fan of little black dresses lately! They are definitely in right now. So classy and chic!
Along with things that help enhance brighter, softer images, there are also some things to avoid!
Overall, the most important thing is that you both feel comfortable and confident in your engagement session outfits! You want to feel like you! If you’re one of my brides reading this blog, don’t hesitate to reach out and ask me questions about outfit options! I’m more than happy to give you my input!
If you loved this blog, check out Matt and Joy’s fall engagement session here!