I get a lot of questions about what to wear for Engagement sessions and portrait Sessions. So I thought I’d share some good tips and ideas on how to create a killer outfit and how to get well prepped for your Engagement Session, Boudoir Session, Maternity Session or Newborn Session ! I’ve also created a couple Pinterest boards to help give you ideas.
1. Start envisioning what you want your photographs to look like. What will be the mood, theme, and setting? I send all of my clients a “Getting to Know You” Questionnaire that will really help you decide this. Once you’ve chosen a location and a “look” or “theme”… this should help you out a lot more when it comes down to deciding what to wear.
2. Browse online before going shopping. A lot of wedding blogs offer great creative inspiration for a unique session. First get the concept, than get the outfit.
3. Think about a color scheme, props (that can be your dog, your favorite bikes, hand made signs, etc.) But often, less is more. I love a Simple, neutral setting that allows the people in front of my camera to really shine.
4. Create a Pinterest Board of your ideas and your top 2 “dream” looks that you want to go for in your session. Once you have a vision board, shopping becomes A WHOLE LOT easier. Like most couples, I know you’re likely on a budget. But getting creative within your closet is totally possible too. Continue to refer back to your vision board or file of inspiration photos… this is key if you want to create a styled look for your engagement session and need that extra guidance.
5. Keep in mind that layering and accessorizing is SO AMAZING for pictures. I guarantee you that any photographer gets excited to see a couple well dressed and well put together. Layering: maybe you want to wear a little black dress… how do you spice it up? Add a cardigan, or layered necklaces, scarves, bangles, etc. By building and layering on top of a simple dress, or a shirt and jeans you create an outfit! This will show character and style in you images.
Bring all kinds of extras that day that can be useful, helpful and inspirational. Bring items that mean something to you as a couple, bring an extra pair of shoes that are comfortable to walk around in besides your heels or dress shoes, especially if were shooting at a big park where we are required to do a lot of walking in-between. Bring towels in case we get wet! Hey, You never know if you’ll want to jump in a fountain or the ocean, This is the kind of enthusiasm I love. Just make sure to bring a towel and a pair of dry clothes. If you want to bring your pup, I’m all for it! I love all kinds of furry friends. Usually it’s best to do the first part of the session with the animals and than a family member or friend takes them back home for the last part of the session.
6. Before your actual portrait session, do some prepping: Try everything on together and see how you look. Do you like it? Make sure you feel comfortable and confident… this is so important. Practice a little in front of the mirror, see how you feel.
7. Makeup and Hair can always be a good investment to make and a great way to make your photos that much better. The camera tends to drown colors so a little extra on your cheeks, eyes and lips doesn’t hurt. This is time to show off :) If you do a great job on yourself ladies then wonderful!
Important tips to remember:
- Color is your friend
- White can drown you out, I prefer to work with beige or off white
- Anything flowy photographs beautifully
- Iron all of your clothes before the shoot
- Your style should reflect your personalities or the mood you want
- Don’t be too matchy matchy
- Think about your location and the season, climate, surroundings
- Too much of a print can be distracting, choose a subtle one if so
- Accessories, props and layering!
- Be comfortable and be yourself