Every morning when you get dressed, rarely do you have to take into consideration what you will wear in relation to your future spouse. Yes you are accustomed to wearing what YOU want to wear, but for the purposes of taking engagement or anniversary photos, you’ll have to coordinate something nice. There are so many routes and considerations to take into account when planning your attire, but this article is intended to make it a stress-free task.
Your engagement photos are a presentation of you as a couple to the rest of the world, so make sure you wear something you’ll be happy to look back on 50+ years from now. For starters, I recommend bringing at least 2 outfits; one casual and one upscale. Having at least two outfits gives your photos variation, and more options to choose from for your Save the Dates or Guestbook Table.
Dress for the season – If you’re taking photos during the colder months, layering up will be necessary because the last thing you want is to be shivering for 1-2 hours. It may limit your clothing options, but you can get creative by infusing bold colors into your outfit through scarves, shoes, coats, or gloves. If you are taking photos during warmer months, use this to your advantage. There are more clothing options to play with such as dresses, shorts, jumpsuits, tunics and more.
Reflect your location – In my Californian opinion, many locations in the Washington DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia area are historic and monotonous in its appearance, so your outfit will help add character to the final look of the images. If your engagement shoot location will be in an upscale location, make sure that your outfit is similarly upscale. Contrarily, if your engagement shoot is in nature, make sure that your outfit is casual enough to reflect that. I don’t know about you, but I’ve never seen anyone hike in heels or oxfords. The only time it might be OK to break this rule is if there is a specially themed photoshoot. Some locations will have multiple landscapes that allow for fluid outfit styles, but you always want to ask yourself, “Will this outfit reflect the backdrop of my environment?”
Consider your body shape – Wear outfits that are flattering to your body type. Do not wear clothes that are too baggy, but do not wear clothes that are too tight. When I shoot, I want to focus on capturing the love between you and your partner so wearing something that is flattering will ensure that we do not have to stop and make wardrobe adjustments. It’ll also help you get your photos back quicker because I won’t have to spend time editing out bra straps.
Groom yourself – Engagement shoots are usually a good time to test out the skills of your intended makeup artist or hairstylist. Styling your hair and makeup can take a bit of time, so make sure that you schedule your appointment early enough so that there aren’t any delays. This is a time where you can get your engagement ring cleaned as well. Don’t forget to get a manicure because any closeup shots will surely capture your cuticle bed and hangnails.
Harmonize Your Colors – Color harmony is something to take into consideration. You do not need to look like the Olsen twins but you can coordinate a visually appealing look through use of the color wheel. For instance, the guy can wear a red tie, and the woman can wear red heels. Or one can wear yellow pants and the other can wear a yellow top.
Choose colors that will complement your complexion. You can do this by identifying with a celeb or looking back on some of your best outfits. What stood out to people the most when they complimented you? Was it the color? Print? Texture? Fit? or something else?
Everything listed is not definitive and does not have to be followed. My goal is to ensure that you enjoy the end result of your photos. You are free to dress as you please. 🙂