(Closed) Engagement Picture Outfit Help?!?!?!

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
399 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Congratulations! I found a great list published by another photographer that covers most of the bases, so I’ll list that here. The very most important thing is to BE COMFORTABLE – if you aren’t your photos will show it. In terms of what to wear, I tell folks to try to think of each of their outfits as half of one whole outfit for both of you – in other words, don’t think separately about what you’ll wear vs your fiance. Try to put something together that will compliment each other but not match.

Suggestions on what to wear:

  • Wear something you are comfortable in. If you’re not comfortable, it will show in the pictures.
  • Think about layering clothing (so you can have a number of different looks without needing to stop and change)
  • It’s best not to wear tight jeans or other clothes that are overly tight and restrict movement. Or show curves you don’t want shown.
  • Wear something you love, and make sure it’s ‘you’. It’s best not to wear something you are going to wish you didn’t wear in a few weeks.
  • A touch dressier than a normal night can be fun, just make sure it’s still you.
  • Wear clothes that are complementary in style and color. Don’t be too matchy. For example, you could both wear fall colors or both wear different shades of blue.
  • Wear clothes that are the same level of dressyness. Don’t dress up and have your fiance wear their everyday street clothes.
  • Have the clothes match the location and season for the shoot. Shorts and flip flops probably are not the best on a cold day (this goes back to being comfortable, if you are not warm it’s harder to look warm and happy)
  • Darker colors are slimming and they are also easier to photograph. But if you have something in white or off white, don’t be afraid to wear it.
  • Patterns go out of style quickly, and the background usually has enough texture that patterns can sometimes make the photos too busy.
  • Wear shoes you love.
  • Wear shoes you can comfortably walk in.
  • Leave your purse behind, unless you want it in the photos.

Other Things to Remember:

  • Plan on having a good time! Think of it more like a date, and less of smiling to the camera.
  • If there is something you want the photographer to avoid photographing it helps if you let them know. That way they can work with you to keep the scar, tattoo, part in your hair, or whatever you want kept out of the pictures out.

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