We LOVE engagement sessions! They are a great way for Jess to get to know our bride and grooms behind the lens of a camera before the big day.
Like any other portrait session, you don’t want to look like a family member of the Brady Bunch and be too “matchy-matchy.” However, the key to an engagement session is to amp what you are wearing for your session up a notch. Guys, that means “dressing up” a little. And ladies, this is your opportunity to rock your inner diva – think of a night on the town with your best girlfriends.
Make sure to keep a color pallete in mind (see two links below) when pulling your outfits together so you look coordinated. And most of all, HAVE FUN with it! Props are always a fun idea to incorporate: sunglasses, signs with your wedding date or other cute saying, instruments you play, hats, pets, or anything else that makes your relationship unique and is special to you.
Clothing Tips and Tricks:
- Be Yourself! This is without a doubt the most important advice we can give. If you are a casual, down-to-earth lady, no need to get a ruffled sundress you would never wear again. You want the pictures to really demonstrate your true character and personality. After all, your character and personality are the reason your hubby-to-be chose YOU, right?
- Wear solids or simple patterns. A simple pattern or dark solid colors look best in photos. Dark tops/dresses allow the focus of the image to be your face and not your outfit and the added bonus is dark clothes tend to be slimming in photos.
- Bring at least 1-2 changes of clothing (one casual, one dressy).
- Ladies: Shirts with sleeves are always flattering to arms and for fall/winter, a good pair of boots are quite flattering as well. Consider a v-neck top or open collar as they elongate the neck and body and bring the focus to your face. Turtlenecks, thick scarves and sweaters can add bulk to your appearance.
- Gentlemen: a button down and sweater, a nice pair of jeans and dress shoes are a great choice for guys. Button down shirts are versatile – you can wear it tucked, untucked, sleeves rolled up, sweater over it etc.
- Both: Remember your feet WILL be in pictures so wear a nice pair of shoes, not your sneakers from high school. Wear classic styles to prevent your pictures from looking outdated. A little black dress for women and a solid-colored suit or dress shirt for men will never go out of style.
- Layers: Layers are great because they switch up your outfit without having to actually change.
- Dress in context with your location. (ex: beach vs. downtown Boston).
Beauty Tips and Tricks:
- Get your ring cleaned and a simple mani (no neon colors or designs) – your hands will be the focus of many pictures (if you are wearing open toe shoes, get a pedi too).
- If you are getting your makeup done for your wedding, why not get it done for your engagement pictures? If you haven’t used your make-up artist before, engagement pictures may be a great time to do a trial. Get to know the make-up artist before the big day.