Post # 1
Our ephotos are this weekend and as I was skimming posts about outfit ideas, I realized that I may be committing a no-no by wearing patterned outfits. Many of the websites I’ve visited have suggested going all neutral, or in solid bright colours… but both of my outfits that I planned to wear are patterned! I can’t seem to find photos of the shirt I’ll be wearing for the casual outfits, but it’s an ivory shirt with small, multicoloured swallows patterned around it, and then the dress I was planning on wearing is patterned sort of like a floral watercolour painting. FI was planning on wearing solids, but now I’m worried that it’ll be too much in photos. At the same time, though, I always wear pattern–I don’t think I own a shirt, other than basic tees, that aren’t patterned–so I feel like changing into something solid would make the photos not… you know… look like me, hahah.
What do you think? Is any pattern too much pattern for engagement photos? And if you have some photos of you in patterns, I’d love to see them!
Post # 2
FI and I had outfits that had classic patterns (he wore a navy check shirt, and I wore a top that was orange with white polka dots with a cardigan), and they turned out nice. Sometimes a small non-busy pattern is nice, especially if they coordinate and contrast with each other and your backdrop.
Post # 3
It depends on the pattern. But my fiance is a videographer, and he tells everyone not to wear patterns when they’re on camera because the patterns can get disorted and weird. I don’t know if it’s the same for still photography but something to consider? You don’t want it to be distracting.
Post # 4
MrsRevolutionize: I used to work for a photographer back in the day and yes, you should avoid patterns, though I’m sure small, timeless patterns could probably work. Part of it is your photos will look VERY dated VERY quickly. And there can be something very distracting and busy about patterns. I always think of pictures of Jackie Kennedy. She just had such a timelessness about her. You can tell the pix are from the 60s, but they are still classy after all these years.
Post # 5
absolutely not. we did 2 locations and 2 outfits. in one, i am wearing jeans and crazy color/pattened shirt. our photog said he loved the way the colors in my shirt popped with the beautiful day we had.
in the second outfit/location, i wore a black eyelet dress.
Post # 6
thunderberry: I totally understand the distortion thing, but I’ve seen that most often with geometric patterns like stripes or checks, so I don’t know if either of the patterns I’m looking at would cause the effect.
RedHeadKel: I hadn’t considered the fact that patterns could date the photos, which is a good point! Thank you.
ajillity81: Beautiful!! You guys look like an awesome couple 😀
Post # 7
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thunderberry: Still photography is different from videography. Wearing plaid on camera is terrible because the lines move around and get distorted. In a single frame, it looks fine.
MrsRevolutionize: Wear what you want to wear. I think a floral pattern or even plaid would look nice. If you’re really worried, have your FI snap a photo of you in one of the outfits and see what it looks like.
Post # 8
MrsRevolutionize: The beautiful thing about e-photos is getting shots that are about YOU. So if you normally wear patterns then that’s what you should wear! There is a lot of bad advice out there. I mean yeash, there are still articles suggesting you should dress MATCHING with your DH in couples shots. Ugh, yuck!
In my opinion the idea that everything has to be timeless and totaly ignore what’s in fashion now is not great advice. I think it makes things look bland. You know what? When you look back on your photos, isn’t it sort of cool to see that they are firmly rooted in a certain era?
Post # 9
Just be mindful of how the pattern looks on your body. It’s so true that horizontal stripes make you look wider. As Long as it’s a flattering pattern and not something that is super trendy (like chevron?) that will look super outdated sooner than later patterns are fine!
Post # 10
Christy42213: I think we might actually do that tonight! Thanks for the advice 😀
cbgg: I feel the same way, hahah. I want our photos to show our personalities, so I’m still leaning towards the prints. It’s honestly weird to think of NOT wearing a print, which I only realized about myself when I started looking up ephoto tips! I had never really thought about how many prints I own.
Post # 11
MrsRevolutionize: My rule of thumb was just that if one of us was wearing a print the other had to be wearing a solid. Otherwise it can be too much. I think some prints look wonderful in photos and some not so much. It depends. It can date a photo or it can be classic. I wore a navy blue dress with little white polka dots on it for some of my photos and I don’t think the pattern will be “so 2014″ one day, haha.
Post # 12
esk716: I’m definitely using that as a rule of thumb, too! It helps that FI only really wears solids anyway (other than ridiculous tshirts with dinosaurs in space on them, but he’s agreed that those aren’t coming with us to the photos, hahah).
Post # 13
Your photographer is likely shooting your photos on a digital camera. Digital cameras can have issues with certain patterns, a condition called moire. If you’re feeing up to it you can read some information on the topic, but when your photographer suggest you avoid patterns it usually has little to do with fashion.
Post # 14
Nah girl, patterns are fun! The pictures I loved the most of other couples were the ones where the couples’ environment/activities/clothes reflected their personalities. I wore colorful patterns in both my outfits! I say go for whatever you feel comfortable and happy in. If its a pattern, awesome/ if it’s not, awesome.