Engagement photos are a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to pull out all the stops for your portraits. They offer the chance to get comfortable in front of the camera, show your personalities, and it gives me the opportunity to get to you the two of you better. It’s a time to have some fun, become more at ease with being photographed before your wedding day, and create a memory together!
But most people aren’t quite sure what to wear. Most engagement shoots offer time to change your outfit, so I suggest one fancy-schmancy outfit and one more casual. But what about colors and patterns and styles?
1. COORDINATE This doesn’t mean wearing matching outfits. In fact, looking matchy-matchy is an outdated trend. But your looks should fit together. There are two aspects to coordinating:
-Level of formality-If she’s dressed to the nines, he shouldn’t be in a sports jersey.
-Color Palette-Drawing from the same color palette is a great way to coordinate. You want a cohesive look so that the viewer looking at your images doesn’t stop to even question if you belong together. They’ll know just by how well you coordinate.
You’ve been told to not wear certain patterns but pattern is a perfect way to FIND the colors to coordinate. Choose an item of clothing with a pattern and then draw colors from within it to create the palette for your outfits.
Above is another example of dynamic coordinating! Two prints that go marvelously together based on color (blue) and the sizes of the print. Tom’s check print holds things steady while Maria adds a dash of her personality with bright colors and a large print.
2. LAYER and ACCESSORIZE Layers and accessories add depth and interest to your photos. They can also turn a decent outfit into a stunning one. Scarves, hats, large chunky necklaces that coordinate with a color in his shirt….
Most importantly, be yourselves. If you’ve purchased something new, make sure you’ve tried it on ahead of time for the best fit and comfort.
And back to the idea of fancy-schmancy…if it appeals to you but you just don’t have the right dress hanging in your closet, rent your dream dress from Rent the Runway for your session. It’s kind of like playing dress up, only better!