What Not to Wear | Your Engagement Session

Written by Taylor on June 6
We wanted to throw together a quick guide to help you out if you’re stumped on your engagement session outfits. First, a couple of disclaimers.
  1. This is fashion advice from two straight guys. Just keep that in mind. We’ll try to keep this as technical as possible.
  2. Our main objective is to help you look great, and to help our photos look amazing. Then, we’re both extremely happy.
  3. Breaking any of these rules is really okay. But don’t say we didn’t warn you. No I’m kidding. But really, don’t.
Okay. The first thing to ask yourself is “Where am I getting shot?” Is it outdoors, all rustic-like? Or are you going for more of a urban, grungy type feel? Dress in a way that compliments your environment. Diana and Mike made for a great classy, New York look, while Patrick and Cam had a similar urban environment and made it work into their awesome couture style. Outside in a field? Go for some flannel or denim. If it’s going to be a little windy, girls, let your hair down. Trust us, it makes for some sweet shots.

Next, try to avoid horizontal lines. There are a few reasons for this. Our friends in the fashion industry tell us that it just makes you look fat. Photographically speaking, our cameras don’t like highly contrasting lines very close together. Screens display lines by creating a series of dots, and most of the time your pixel-wide stripes don’t handle much post processing without going a little haywire.

Also, try to keep your partner in the loop. We’re not suggesting you come looking like identical twins, but make sure your styles compliment each other. You want to look like you’re from the same time period… and region of the globe. Remember, these photos represent the two of you as one. Think about how you can express your individuality and still compliment each other. Don’t try to get too dressed up. Just dress like you.

When in doubt, go for simplicity. If you’re not sure what to wear, always think about the simplest, easiest clothing. Less is more, especially when it comes to your photo shoot. We’ll be working hard to capture the spirit of you two just being together. You don’t want your clothes to distract anyone seeing the pure joy painted all over your faces. The environment is going to contribute a lot about how the image feels, but in the end the thing that matters most is the emotion between you two. That’s what we’re ultimately after.

Keep it fun and relaxed. These are going to be the best days of your life, and what you’ll look back on someday is not how 2010 your hair was, but how much in love you were then, and still are.

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