Engagement Portrait Style Guide

February 19, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

One question I'm often asked is, "What should we wear for our engagement portraits?"  So I thought I'd share some tips for picking out the best outfits for your session.  I always recommend having two looks, one more casual and one more formal. 

102117-121102117-121 First and foremost, these photographs are all about you. This means they should convey your personality and style preferences. If you're earthy and casual, stick with that. If you prefer glitz and glam, play it up. It's important to be yourself during your session, so wear something that reflects you. If you wear something you'd typically never put on, you'll probably feel uncomfortable and you won’t look like yourself in the portraits.

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With that said, you can still amplify your personal style by playing with colors and textures. Find a nice mix of neutral colors and add a few pops of color where you can. For example, a bright red shirt underneath a gray cardigan paired with well fitted jeans will stand out. Or try khaki tones with splashy blue and green accents. Don't be afraid to play with texture, either. Flowing fabrics and solid denim make for great photos.

If you'd like to use your wedding colors in your outfits, go for it!  If they are colors you would normally wear, embrace it.  If they are colors you don't normally wear, consider wearing neutral tones and use your wedding colors in your accessories.


Pressed and Polished
A few nights before your session, lay out all the clothes you'll wear. Make sure everything is pressed, ironed and clean. It's also a good idea to get a quick manicure, trim, or whatever it is you do to polish up. Ladies, consider scheduling a hair appointment right before your session.


Details Matter
Feel free to bring multiple accessories to play with throughout your session. We love hats, jewelry, shoes, ties, watches and anything else you can think of. These details can let your personality shine and make your session really stand out.


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