For your session, it’s important to wear clothing that you can sit, stand, and walk comfortably in, because you will be moving around a lot, in order to capture a variety of different couple photo poses.
Don’t forget to think about your shoes (and socks!). The perfect pair of shoes can make your outfit. Unfortunately, those shoes tend not to be the most comfortable (when are they going to figure that one out?!). Consider bringing an extra pair of flats or sandals to walk around in.
Dress in clothes that are in the same color palette – but are not exactly the same. Think blues and greys, or browns and reds. There is no need to match perfectly, but looking coordinated with the same style of dress is important. Guys, if you want to wear jeans and a polo shirt, double-check that your lady isn’t looking at a new amazing cocktail dress for your couple images (and ladies, if you found that perfect cocktail dress, then dress him up!)
If you are going for a casual look, there are a few simple ways to give casual looks that extra “oomf”. For guys, I love collared shirts with dark jeans and lace-free dress shoes. Girls, you can never go wrong with a great sundress. If it’s a bit chillier for your photo session, dark jeans with amazing shoes are also a great dressy/casual combo. Fitted clothes (although not skin-tight clothes) translate better in photographs than loose, baggy garb. Anything hanging off your body (baggy) will make you look bigger than you are, and sloppier, too.
Stick to solid colors or subtle patterns. Bold stripes, large designs, and polka dots stand out too much, and tend to draw attention away from your face, which should be the main focus of your portraits. An eclectic mix of patterns can clash and reduce the quality of your couple portraits. This isn’t to say that you can’t wear any patterns at all, though.
If one of you wants to wear a pinstriped or plaid shirt, it will work best if the other wears a top in a solid color seen in the pattern of your significant other’s top. You can also jazz up solid-colored outfits with great jewelry and accessories.
Most importantly: Be comfortable and have fun with your photo session! You will have a much better time, which always makes for better photos.
Are you having your makeup done for your wedding? Then why wouldn’t you want to get your makeup done for your engagement session?
So, in order to add that extra bit of glam to your session, get your hair and makeup done, ladies! I’m sure you are absolutely wonderful at applying your own makeup on a day-to-day basis, but a professional will know what photographs best, and how to make you look perfect-o for your rockin’ engagement session. You can be cost-effective by arranging to have your hair and makeup trial done on the same day of your engagement session – two birds, one stone!
The most important thing to remember when preparing for engagement photos is that we are photographing the two of you, so be yourself! Dress nicely, but don’t get so “dressed up” that you are uncomfortable. Interact with each other the way you normally would. Go ahead, ignore your photographer (for the most part)! Goof off, make faces, cuddle, laugh, play – in short, be excited. It’s all about having fun and being in love.