If you are one of my booked couples, you received a complimentary engagement session right in Wilmington! If you're not a booked couple and just want a little spicy shoot with your honey, then you're probably still wondering: What should my fiance and I wear at our engagement session? It is THE most common question I receive. Don't worry. You're not alone in this. That's why I've created this blog that will always be in my blog sidebar.
KEEP IT SIMPLE
Keep it simple.Keep. it. simple. Don't overthink it. You want your love and raw emotions to be the focal point of the photos not your clothes. Wearing a flashy or complicated outfit will distract from the love that brought you here in the first place. Trends come and go, so just think like this while combing through your closet: "Will I be embarrassed to wear this outfit 10 years from now?" If you have any hesitation, it's probably a trend. You'll look at these photos for the rest of your life. The last thing you want to think to yourself is "Why was I wearing that?"
SHOW OFF YOUR PERSONALITY
Personality is everything. If you are goofy and outgoing, wear something vibrant that reflects that. If you're more romantic, go for dark and moody colors. No matter what, your attire should speak to who you are. Don't wear something you'd never in a million years normally wear in every day life.
DON'T BE AFRAID TO BRING OPTIONS, BUT KEEP IT AT TWO.
I always tell my clients to bring two outfits each. Typically a casual and a formal outfit. I try to encourage couples to stay away from shirts with logos or graphics, and to stick to more neutral colors and no busy patterns. Think warm colors, pastels or neutrals, they are always less risky!
With that in mind, stick with two outfits. Don't fall victim to treating your engagement session as a full-fledged fashion photo shoot for two reasons. 1. You'll likely stress yourself out the night before trying to pick out that many outfits. 2. Let's be real, your fiance probably won't enjoy changing every 10 minutes. These are the pictures where you get to remember who you are at the end of the day when it's only the two of you. Two outfits are more than enough to reflect this in couples, and it ensures you won't spend your entire engagement session in a rush to change into the next set of clothes.
If you ever want a second opinion on which outfit is more photographic, don't be afraid to text or email me!
COMPLEMENT EACH OTHER
Complement each other, but don't match. There is absolutely no reason whatsover to have matching outfits unless its for a comedic reason. You both don't need to wear a white button down, different colors are actually preferred. When deciding how you and your partner will dress, look for complementary colors and solid prints. Try to stay away from anything too busy, as it can be an unnecessary distraction in photos. Check out this chart for best colors that complement each other!
THINK ABOUT THE SEASON
Yes.... that's right. I've had a couple ask if they can do bathing suit photos in the dead of 20 degree winter because they were having a destination wedding but that's taking it too far. Take advantage of the season you're in by styling a look that's in tune with the climate and location.No need to be shivering or sweating your way through the photos. When you're uncomfortable, it tends to show in the images.
Winter and Fall: Don't be afraid to bundle up and or accessorize!
Summer and Spring: Channel summertime vibes, think barefoot, flowy maxi dresses, denim jackets.
ASK YOUR FIANCE FOR HIS OPINION
It takes two to make an engagement shoot right? You will find yourself surprised sometimes that your fiance may have some input! He or she might stir up some inspiration too so ask your honey simple questions like these "Would you like to dress up or down? Is there anything you've always wanted to do?" If he/she doesn't care, then don't sweat it and have fun dreaming up the color schemes.