Engagement Sessions - What to Wear


This often comes up while you're in the process of planning your photo session as a couple - whether it is an engagement session, anniversary session or a session to celebrate your love as a couple. There is a ton of material out there on the web on this topic and as you start reviewing it, you will quickly realize there is no right answer to this question. Every photographer has their own opinion and so do the couples. In my mind, you can make the answer as complex as you want to or keep it relatively simple. 

Below you will find a couple of pointers that, in my opinion, seem to work. Please treat them as guidelines only since that's exactly what they are - mere guidelines. If you want to break the mold a bit, feel free. If you want to run something by me, please email me. I will be happy to help!

1. Be Yourself

There is a reason this tip is at the top of the list. The whole idea of my couple sessions is to capture the real you. On the day of your session, if you are wearing something that you normally wouldn't wear, you are not being yourself. Go through your closet with this in mind as you make your wardrobe choices. 

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2. Consider the season and location

Fall and Winter sessions are great in that they almost beg to dress up in layers. For the ladies, outfits with sleeves are always flattering to arms and a good pair of boots are sure to make your legs look great! For the men, a button down and sweater with a pair of jeans and dress shoes never fail. 

Dress with sleeves for women with a good pair of boots for Fall/Winter sessions

Dress with sleeves for women with a good pair of boots for Fall/Winter sessions

For Spring and Summer sessions, when the weather is warmer, a floaty dress can look great for the ladies. You can play up a nice asymmetrical hemline in shots with you and your man walking. For the men, button-down shirts are very versatile. You can roll up the sleeves, wear it tucked or leave it untucked - whatever looks good. 

Example of a short, floaty dress for Spring/Summer sessions

Example of a short, floaty dress for Spring/Summer sessions

Locations play a role too. Some of my favorite sessions take place in public parks. You can count on hues of green to be one of the predominant backgrounds. Hence, avoid wearing tones of green. If your dress has a bit of red in it or another bold color, the pictures will nicely pop. On the other hand, some of my locations offer very neutral backgrounds, in which case, black or another solid color could be a great color choice. 

For locations with a green background, avoid wearing tones of green

For locations with a green background, avoid wearing tones of green

Example of how black as a solid color pops on neutral backgrounds

Example of how black as a solid color pops on neutral backgrounds

3. Other pointers

Depending on what you plan to do with the pictures, wearing classic styles will prevent pictures from looking dated. For the ladies, a simple black dress and a solid-color shirt/suit for men will never go out of style. Ladies can consider a V-neck vs. thick scarves and other "bulky" accessories. V-necks and open collars elongate the neck and bring focus to your face. For the men, a collared shirt goes a long way in framing the torso than a round-neck or a polo shirt. 

Dress shirts help nicely frame the torso in men

Dress shirts help nicely frame the torso in men

Splurging on professional hair and makeup can help too. However, I advise my couples (especially the ladies) to keep the makeup light. If you don't feel yourself due to too much makeup, you're not heeding tip #1 - be yourself.

The overall idea is to color-coordinate as a couple without choosing the same colors. When in doubt, just ask yourself if you will look good together as a couple and be comfortable during the session. If the answer is positive, rest all is secondary.

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If I could be of any help, feel free to email me.

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