Rachel has been one of my best friends for a long time now. I remember first meeting her through mutual friends (who ended up being in my wedding). She eventually was the props manager for a theatre production I was acting in and she had to make me little fake blood capsules every night - and that's where it started. We liked each other's sense of humor and began talking more and more. After that we soon became friends and she's been a part of my life ever since. A little over a year ago she started dating this nice guy who makes her super happy and now they're getting married! Watch out for photos of that one - I'll be the bridesmaid standing next to her. :)
It happens to all of my clients. They're pumped for their engagement session and then it hits them... what on earth do I WEAR?
Choosing clothes for an engagement session is a pretty big deal. You'll have the photos forever, probably use them on the Save the Dates or Invites, maybe display them at the ceremony, slap them all over social media. I get it - you gotta look adorable! Well, I'm here to tell you it's not so scary choosing outfits for your engagement session - I promise. Here are some tips to help you make sure you look your absolute best in your photos.
1. BE COMFORTABLE - BE YOU
This should be obvious, but if you're not comfortable in what you're wearing you aren't going to LOOK comfortable. Don't wear something that is too tight, or bulges in a weird place when you sit. Get clothes that feel good and look good on YOU. Ask your friends what kind of cuts and colors flatter you most. You should be confident and feeling great about how you look. Your clothes should accurately represent you and your style.
2. PATTERNS ARE TOTALLY ALLOWED
I always get asked if it's ok to wear a pattern. Yes, it is! There are a couple of rules to follow though when choosing patterns for your session. First, your probably shouldn't both wear a pattern. It's not always a terrible idea, but I say each outfit should have one major pattern between the two of you. If the girl is wearing a polka dot dress, maybe the guy wears a solid colored button down. If the guy is wearing a plaid shirt, maybe the girl wears a solid color dress that matches one of the minor colors in the plaid. Second, go big or go home. Avoid things with really tiny plaids or houndstooth. Those patterns cause strange distortions in camera. Just trust me.
3. MIX IT UP
My engagement sessions are 90 minutes long. This provides for two or three wardrobe changes. I like to tell my clients to have one more formal outfit and one or two more casual outfits - all of which should represent your style. Changing clothes creates more diversity in your images and helps you get the most out of your session for the best images possible.
I'd love to dedicate a blog post to any other questions you might have. What things do you want answered before your session?