(Closed) Can't wear prints/patterns for engagement photos?

posted 4 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: She is...
    Totally right! Solid colors only! : (18 votes)
    29 %
    Full of sh*t!! : (43 votes)
    69 %
    Other, explain in comments. : (1 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 2
    1262 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2019

    She just sounds rude to me. A good photographer should be able to photograph you in whatever you wear.

    Post # 3
    1725 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2014 - 13th ~ TN

    musician32992:  I have seen and been in many photos, professional and not, with prints and they photograph the same. She just sounds like someone who should have minded her own business.

    Post # 6
    2972 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    musician32992: Not wearing prints/patterns is actually a pretty common “suggestion” if you google what to wear for e-photos (or something similar), but it was rude of her to tell you in the way she did (and it’s really none of her business, anyway) AND I don’t really think “lace” is a pattern, IMO. 

    Post # 7
    1629 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I have heard this before.  If youre wearing a solid color your face is more the focus.  Some patterns can pull the focus in pictures.  I think it really depends on how strong the pattern is though.  I think you should wear whatever you want though.  If you feel good in it, it will make for a good photograph.

    Post # 8
    1725 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2014 - 13th ~ TN

    musician32992:  You are welcome and I agree with PP that I wouldnt consider lace a print. However, my google search not only did NOT turn up articles that said you should not wear prints but one or two that said patterns and prints were good.

    Here is one for example.


    And this one only mentions LARGE patterns.


    Either way, as they say, it is your shoot. Wear what you feel comfortable in.

    Post # 9
    2808 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    wear what you want. ignore what anyone else says.

    Post # 11
    9790 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2015

    I don’t think of lace as a print but in general for photo shoots people are styled in solids or subtle prints- the wrong print can moiré (make a zebra stripe thing) or just overpower the whole composition. 

    Post # 12
    1070 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I dated a fashion photographer for many years and discovered this rule you’re talking about.

    You may want to wear solid colors because of the following reasongs:

    1. They photograph better with the poses you want: sometimes a pattern can make someone look unflattering with how it lies. If you’re with your photographer for an hour, you don’t have all the time in the world to take 10,000 shots to make sure the pattern is flattering.

    2. Timelessness: Many prints will definitely date you. When you look back in 20 years, do you want to go, “oh my goodness, 2014 was such a crazy year for fashion.”

    3. Color: This goes for solid colors too, but photographers recommend using muted tones. This way, no matter what your background is, you will not clash with it.


    These are just some tips I picked up in the years we dated. He did a LOT of print work and while, yes, it was his job to always make sure the model looked great, it was harder to get a masterpiece when the odds were stacked against him. He just got frustrated.

    Wear what you want, but if you want the best results, don’t start yourself off on the wrong photographic foot.


    If you look up Harper’s Bazar or any other fashion magazine, you’ll notice that most of the covers have women wearing SOLID colors. Most of the time. Not all.

    Post # 13
    6009 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2014

    musician32992:  Im actually suprised your photographer wouldn’t have gone over this with you. I can’t even tell you how many bad prints I’ve seen on here and how extra bad they’ll look in like 3 years. You want to think “timeless.” Any reputable photographer would tell you this.

    Post # 15
    16 posts
    • Wedding: October 2015

    musician32992:  I’m a photographer in Phoenix and I’ve never advised a client to not wear a pattern because texture, colors and layers are really great for engagement photos and provide depth than just wearing all one color (or black). Really, anything you feel beautiful and confident in is okay to wear! <br /><br />If you are confident in your outfit, that will radiate in your photos. :)<br /><br /><br />

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