What to wear for engagement photos? I hear this question every time I book a wedding package. I know that you want your photos to be absolutely perfect, and so do I.
That’s why I’ll answer all of the engagement questions that you might have and give you some recommendations based on my experience here.
What to wear for engagement photos
I personally try to keep my photo style in pastel and neutral colors. I truly believe that these colors such as peach, ivory, baby blue, neutral yellow, mint, light green, tans, grays and whites are the best! And obviously sparkles and gold. Why are pastel and neutral colors the best? Because they will bring more light into your photos. They will help you shine more. They will give you a pre-wedding look. These colors also will give you the best outcome if you want your skin to look clear and even. Because the color you wear reflects on your skin. I also advise not to wear super bright and fluorescent colors. A lot of dark colors could be tricky too unless you have very blonde hair. Just because dark colors tend to take away the “shininess of the photos”. Also, please do iron your clothes before the shoot. I promise it will look much better without wrinkles 😉
Accessories bring a different look. And they are just so fun! A simple necklace or a bracelet could completely change your look. Obviously we don’t want to be overloaded with accessories. Because the focus should be ALWAYS on you. But some are a must to have.
I am a big fan of dresses. I think I have more dresses and skirts in my wardrobe than pants. Dresses look so fun and girly. They bring romance and gentleness into the photo. They say, “Look, I’m a girl and I’m getting married to a strong man who will take care of and protect me.” And who also doesn’t like twirling in a dress?
Dresses can have so many styles and say so many things — from a simple country looking dress up to a sexy evening gown.
However, a lot of girls do like jeans (including me). That’s why I usually give my clients an option to have two outfits. One of them is a casual look and the other one is fancier.
Dress according to a location. If we are taking photos on a farm a formal gown probably won’t look the best (even if you look the best in it) 😉
Layer it up!
Have you notice that sometimes you look better on the photos if you have an extra layer? Layers photograph nicely. Such as a cardigan, jacket, blazer or even an extra shirt? I definitely do look better with layers. They are not only nice because they hide some areas that you might not be as comfortable with, but they also give you options! You can take photos in your cardigan when you are in the shade and take if off when you are in the sun.
Match different colors
Do not play the “I will match my partners colors as much as I can” game. Match different colors, but do not use the same color for both of you. You can have the same colored details, but not the whole outfits. You want to COMPLIMENT each other, not match. Of course, there could be the exceptions. And usually those are formal outfits.
Girls, please make sure your nails look pretty. We will be photographing your pretty ring so there will be a lot of attention to your nails. Besides, why don’t you give yourself another reason to schedule a mani appointment? 😉
Patterns are fun
I know that sometimes couples avoid patterns because they are afraid to overdo it. I agree that it is very easy to overdo patterns. But a good balance of a small pattern and color combination is great! For example: you can have a plain bottom (skirt, pants, and jeans) and patterns on top (or the opposite). Don’t wear two different patterns though. It almost never looks good. Be careful with big prints and logos, too.
A fabric can create magic
Have you notice that a lot of brides chose to have a veil not only because of a tradition, but also because it brings magic to the photos? The rule is that every light and soft fabric brings magic. My favorite fabric is tulle.
Also, LACE is magic. I LOOOVE the way lace looks in the photos. Nowadays, lacy tops are pretty popular, so you can buy it in many stores.
Needless to say that you need to feel comfortable during your photoshoot. I’m there to help you to get photos of the real you. Real emotions lead to the best photos. I know that sometimes I don’t feel comfortable if I’m wearing something that I’m not used to. If that’s the case wear your engagement outfit at least once to feel more comfortable and see how you move in it.
No matter how awkward you feel in front of the camera your other half is with you. And it makes a lot of difference. All you need to do is be cute and show your affection as you always do 😉 Including a lot of kisses and hugs.
Have an idea for your engagements? LET ME KNOW! I love to collaborate with couples on different ideas. If you need my opinion on the outfit – let me know. I will be happy to help you as much as I can.
Please come prepared
Please consider the conditions we will be shooting in. For example, you don’t want to wear heels all the time if we are shooting in the mountains. Bring some comfortable shoes that you can hike in when we are walking between different spots. Please layer up if we are shooting in the winter. I promise you will feel much better wearing legging underneath your clothing.
I tell my clients all the time that great photography is all about the lighting. Engagement shoots usually last about an hour to an hour and a half from the time I meet you. I also schedule the shoot during the best lighting of a day to get the photos you want. If you are late to the shoot we won’t have as much time as we planned which could lead to fewer photos taken in the best light.
Does it make a difference to have a professional make up and hair done? Yes, it does. You will look extra beautiful and your skin will look incredible in every photo. Also, hiring a professional HMUA is a good way to test the make up that you want before the wedding.
If you decide to do your make up and hair yourself remember a few recommendations:
- Camera usually “eats” some of your make up. However, it doesn’t mean that you have to cake yourself up with the makeup. Just make sure that your skin looks good and all the blemishes are covered.
- Your hair make such a huge difference for the photos. If you decide to go with curls, make sure they are soft and flowy. This type of curls usually look the best.
I’m so excited to take your engagement photos and create something beautiful.