If you have an engagement shoot coming up, you’re probably wondering what to wear, and there are some outfits that are better than others. Think about these tips when picking out your outfit.
Wear solid colors or large prints (avoid small prints and logos)
Small prints can hurt the eye, and some screens will even show a rainbow effect when showing off the photos. So, stick to solids and large prints. Checkered prints and stripes are fine as long as they aren’t really tight.
Avoid neon colors
Neon will be quite blinding in a photo. Though the photographer can dull down the color a tad in post-editing, it’s best to avoid it.
Jeans are fine
Engagement photos are supposed to be natural feeling, so you don’t have to be dressed to the nines (you certainly can be if you want to though!) Thus, jeans and a nice top are just fine.
Dress for the location and activity
Talk with your photographer to plan the shoot, and let them know what you’d like to do. Then, plan the outfit accordingly. If you want to take pictures in the city, heels are fine, but more comfortable and supportive shoes would be needed for a wooded area. Dresses are fine in any area (this includes floor-length if you can move in it), but I recommend wearing bicycle shorts (or similar) underneath. The reason for this is your fiancé may lift you in the air, or you may lay down in a field of daisies, or you may jump to make it look like you’re flying. Photography can be a more physical task than most anticipate, so make sure the outfit is comfortable and conceals all it needs to conceal even when moving around. That means nothing to short or too revealing.
Consider your personalities
Dress similarly (though maybe a tad nicer) than you normally dress. If you never wear jeans, don’t wear them for the shoot. If you never wear dresses, don’t wear one for the shoot. The reason behind this is two-fold: 1, you should be comfortable in what you’re wearing (especially since being a model may be a tad uncomfortable at times), and 2, you should look like yourself. These photos are supposed to represent who you are both as individuals and as a couple, so let your personality shine through. That also means that if you like particular outfits or costumes, wear it! Just talk with your photographer ahead of time as some locations require normal dress (the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is an example of this).
Feel free to add in cowboy boots or an accessory or a specialty item. Add a strand of pearls or your favorite earrings or even bring along props! Shoots look great with bouquets or old cameras or even little bird cage veils if that’s what you’d like.
Photos by ShootAnyAngle Wedding Photography.
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