How to coordinate outfits to get the best look in your photos / by Erin Childs

How to Coordinate Outfits for Your Engagement Session

I have been so lucky to speak with several engaged women over the past few weeks, and one thing that always comes up in our conversations is clothing.  "What do we wear to our engagement session?"  Not sure what to wear to your engagement session? I'm here to help! You should bring two to three outfits ideas to your session consultation so that I can get a variety of different looks for you. I suggest the following:

  • Bring a ‘Dressy’ Outfit

It’s not every day you get to get all dressed up with your sweetheart and take photos together. Use this session as an excuse to really go all out and get fancied up! I’m not saying you have to wear a gown and tux (unless you want to), but maybe a flowy dress or skirt for you, and a suit or nice slacks and a button up shirt for your fiancé. This outfit will be great for save the date cards, or the announcement in your local newspaper.  Statement jewelry and accessories always work well in photos (hats, scarves, suspenders, etc.).

  • Go Casual

I also suggest you bring a more casual outfit. This outfit is ideal for your more fun, relaxed photos. Tailored jeans and a nice shirt are always a great choice, especially if we are going to be walking around in nature a lot. Make sure to bring shoes specifically for this outfit, too.

 

  • Coordination is Key

The most important thing to remember is to coordinate. You don’t want to match 100% (white t-shirts and jeans), but you want to coordinate. Choose similar colors and styles that photograph well together. For example, you don’t want to wear jeans if your fiancé is wearing a suit and tie in the same photo. Also remember to dress for the location. For example, if you are doing a natural, rustic or vintage session, you’ll want to stay away from bright colors and opt for neutrals instead. 

 

  • Things to Avoid

- Logos, unless we’re doing a sports session and you’re wearing jerseys, etc.

- Patterns – Try to stick with solid colors or minimal patterns. Plaid shirts are fine as long as your fiancé isn’t wearing stripes or polka dots. It’s a good rule of thumb to only have one partner wearing a pattern at a time. 

- Fluorescent colors – These don’t photograph well and also can cast bright color tones on your skin.

 

If you have any further questions or want to discuss your outfits, you can contact me at fourladsphotography@yahoo.com.