Helen and Jeremy’s engagement session is both romantic and whimsical. I loved their style. The casual setting contrasted with Helen’s floor length gown and Jeremy’s blue suit made for a beautiful session in the evening at Lullwater park near Emory University.
Once your session is booked, this is the first and most important question I am asked. What to wear. I know I spend hours upon hours shopping for a big event in my own life and the attire to compliment that occasion. I can look through my wardrobe and tell you where and when I’ve worn each dress and why.
I know this is just as important for my clients, so I’ve given you this style guide as a little behind the scenes look into how to style your engagement session.
I’m not into material goods as much as I am into relationships and memories. These photographs will be just like what you choose to adorn yourselves with for your photo session-memories of good times together commemorating your courtship.
Q & A
Q: What should I wear?
A: You want your clothing and accessories to reflect you and your personal style. You also want to feel comfortable. My best advice? Where an outfit that makes you feel amazing. It fits well, accentuates your best features, and works well with your own movements. Fitted clothing photographs better than baggy clothing. Also, think layers… scarves, jackets, socks-each add depth.
Q: What colors should I wear or not wear?
A: Anything. There are a few things to keep in mind. Tailor your choices to your skin tones, eye color, and hair color. Personalize it. I’ve also heard that you should or should not wear certain colors-nonsense! My camera and I can work with just about any color. TIP: Coordinate and then add a pop of color (something vibrant, but understated).
Q: Which dress/blouse is best?
A: Folks often text me photographs of themselves in their favorite outfits. The few rules I have are… Don’t wear any logos or sayings on your clothing. A small logo is fine. Anything larger draws the attention away from you and your loved ones. No large patterns. Again, same rule, smaller patterns are great. Any large pattern will be too busy to photograph and tends to date the photograph. Think timeless!
Q: Should we wear formal or casual outfits?
A: Bring both casual and formal! I, personally, adore heels. They elongate your legs and give you height. The fancier, the better-in my opinion. It’s best to have options (TIP: Bring flats for trekking through fields). Bring a few outfits to the session. Sometimes your favorite sweater loses a button on the way or it turns out that a deep blue blouse “pops” much more than the blush rose you brought.
Q: What about accessories?
A: Accessories are your friends! The rule is to take off ONE accessory once your dressed and ready to leave your home for your shoot. I say-bring it with you. We can change it out on site, depending on what may photograph best.
Q: What should we wear?
A: Try to match one another in formality or casualness. You also want to match similar color schemes. A good rule of thumb is to choose only three colors. The number three is a design rule for just about anything your designing or creating. Two colors does not provide enough contrast (generally). It is also good to have different textures, if you have them. I.e. shiny, smooth, rough, cozy, etc.
Lastly, if you want to hire a professional stylist, I have a few friends in mind! I only offer this service for full sessions and weddings. Some are free. Some are pricey! They are all great, depending on your needs.
Thank you for reading. I am excited for your session and look forward to a working relationship to create some beautiful photographs for you and yours!