Congratulations! You’re engaged! You’re probably starting to think about taking your engagement photos, and we know that choosing an outfit isn’t always easy. However, your outfits are actually more important than some people may think! Here are our top tips for styling yourself for your session.
Tip #1: Now is the time to get dressed up! Getting portraits taken is a special occasion and we want you to feel good about yourself. This is the time to step away from your everyday look (don’t worry we LOVE leggings too) and put on that outfit that you’ve been keeping in your closet because you haven’t found the right time to wear it.
Tip #2: Coordinate your outfits! This means that they should compliment each other but they do not necessarily have to match perfectly. Choose one outfit first and base the second outfit off of the colors in the first one. We have found that it’s easier to start with the person who has a stronger preference. For example, we always find our dresses first before styling our husbands, because they’re just not as picky as we are!
One of our favorite examples would be pairing a floral dress with a solid colored shirt. We have seen this combo so many times and we never get sick of it! It is such a beautiful, classic look. If you can, try matching the solid colored shirt with a color from the one of flowers on the dress. It’s the easiest way to compliment the first outfit!
Tip #3: Patterns are okay too! But it is all about balance. Make sure that whatever pattern you choose, isn’t too bold or distracting because we don’t want your outfit to overpower you. We have noticed that smaller patterns tend to distract the eye easier than a larger print like flowers or stripes. Also, it is important to remember to keep it simple by only one of you wearing a print.
Tip #4: This is totally our preference, but we prefer sticking to neutral colors because they are easy to pair together and they are classic. But, if you prefer more playful colors, that is okay too! We love seeing our clients throw in pops of color! Just keep in mind that you don’t want it to be too distracting and you should always compliment each other, not identically match.
An easy way to add a pop of color is to have one of you wear white. This makes it super simple to incorporate your choice of color since white pairs nicely with anything! We’re not going to lie, we love the all white look pictured above, but if we had to choose, our favorite would be a white button down shirt with a colored dress. I mean ladies let’s be real, there are so many pretty dresses out there, so have some fun with it!
Tip #5: We are going to reiterate this again, we want you to feel comfortable and confident! The golden rule of styling yourself is knowing your fit first. Wear items that spotlight your shape and your favorite features. Our go to when we style ourselves is to choose an outfit with a cinched waist to emphasize our silhouettes.
Tip #6: Can’t decide between two looks? Don’t hesitate to reach out to your photographer for an opinion. We personally love helping our couples choose their outfits! If they have two favorites, we can certainly incorporate both into their session. It’s a great way to showcase your style and personality and adds great variety!
The most important thing to remember throughout this process is to choose something that makes you feel beautiful, confident, and like yourself. You’ll want to cherish these memories forever. Put a little planning into what you’re going to wear so that you can relax and have fun the day of! We are always here if you need any advice or recommendations. Happy styling!