Dressing for photos is surprisingly way different from dressing for everyday life. Dressing for engagement photos is even more different. When it comes to your engagement session, you want to look timeless, and your very best. Finding the balance between dressy and casual can feel difficult, and choosing the right color story can feel even harder! I’m here to help!
My favorite looks to photograph are “business casual” and “formal”. If you’d wear it as a guest to a wedding, it’s probably a great look for your engagement photos! I suggest dresses or a nice blouse and skirt for women. Dresses should be knee length. If you’re on the shorter side, a shorter dress that stops just above your knee will elongate your legs to make you look taller. If you’re on the taller side like me, a dress/skirt that falls just below the knee or even mid calf will help to keep your legs from looking overly long. For men, I recommend khaki or chino pants, with a button down shirt.
There is a balance in coordinating looks without matching that creates gorgeous, aesthetically pleasing images. To start, choosing a color scheme is the perfect base. Whether that be a color both of you wear in one way or another, or a color palette of colors that compliment each other. For example, we love the way a cream dress looks against khaki pants and a pastel button down shirt.
I always suggest neutral and pastel colors for engagement photo sessions. Bold and deeply saturated colors often distract from the people in the photography. Prints tend to look too busy and don’t photograph as well as solid colors but if you do choose a print, keep it minimal. Overly saturated colors such as orange often clash with skin tones. I recommend neutrals like light blues, navy, salmon, tan, and cream. Here are some sample color palettes to give you some inspiration.
Accessories and Statement Pieces
Bold necklaces, watches, bracelets, or statement earrings are a great way to add extra personality and flair to otherwise neutral outfits! Feel free to put your pop of color into your accessories, but still aim to fit your color scheme.
I hope this guide helps you to not only look your best, but feel your best for your session! We can’t wait to see what look you choose!