Engagement Session Tips
Engagement Pictures document that teensy chunk of time where you and your partner can call each other “fiance”. Most couples are on board with the idea of having these traditional pre-wedding pictures taken, but often have questions when it comes to planning. Why do we even need them? What do we wear? Where should we have them taken? Today I am going to share all of my secrets and give you tons of tips on how to plan and make the most of your engagement session! We will talk about planning your location, wardrobe, and then at the end I’ll share a few extra tips I’ve learned along the way! If you are still on the fence on having engagement pictures taken, check out this blog: Do We Need Engagement Pictures?
This may not be something that people think of before diving into the location and wardrobe of their session, but how do you plan to use your pictures? Do you want to put them in an album and use it as a guest book for your wedding guests to sign? Do you want to hang large prints on the wall of your home? If you plan to frame your portraits and hang them in your home, you need to consider the decor and color schemes in your house when choosing location and wardrobe, or you may end up with pictures that don’t fit in with everything else.
Here are some ideas on how to use your engagement pictures!
Now that you have an idea in your head on what you are actually going to do with the pictures when they are complete, we are on to more engagement session tips! You can start thinking of a location and theme. Please keep in mind, a theme can be as simple or as extra as you want it to be. A theme could simply be “relaxed and beachy”. My philosophy is that an engagement session should be fun and should reflect your individual style. Brainstorm ideas with your partner, focusing on ideas that will bring out your personalities! Here are some ideas to help you get started!
**Discuss your ideas with your photographer ahead of time to see what their policies are on multiple locations and travel**
One of my favorite engagement session tips is always that you feel your best when you look your best. The more confident you are in your wardrobe choices, hair, and makeup, the more relaxed and confident you will feel throughout your session. Here are a few tips to help you plan your wardrobe!
Choose a color palette. Do a little brainstorming and think of what colors 1) Look good on the two of you 2) Flow with the setting and theme 3) Go with your home decor if you plan to display them. If you are going for a sweet and romantic beach session, you may opt for neutrals and pastels. If you are going for a bold and dramatic black tie session you may opt for deep colors such as navy, burgundy, or emerald green. You can check out some color palette and wardrobe inspiration ideas here: Engagement Session Ideas.
Plan outfits that compliment each other. If you are wearing a gown and your partner is wearing jeans and a t-shirt, there is going to be some disconnect in your pictures. Make sure you are on an even playing field when planning what to wear. Also important to note-plan to coordinate with colors that compliment each other, but getting too matchy (for example, jeans with matching sweaters) will date your pictures.
Dress to flatter your shape and size. Love your legs? Show them off in a little skirt or skinny jeans with heels. Have you been hitting the gym and have the shoulder muscles to show it? Wear a cute halter top or an off the shoulder sweater. No matter how you shake it, your wardrobe choices can play up your best assets while flattering areas you may not want front in center. If you are set on wearing a sleeveless top but feel like you need to do a few extra push ups before showing them off, simply bring a scarf or shawl to use as an accessory! Need help identifying your body type and tips on how to dress for it? We love this guide from Stitchfix!
Dress up! Whether you are doing an intimate session in your home or a formal session at a private estate-dress for the occasion! Taking the time to put together a wardrobe that is going to perfectly vibe with your the vibe you are going for is going to take your pictures to the next level! Splurge on new outfits, borrow from friends! We also love Rent the Runway for extra special wardrobe ideas!
It’s all about the details. Hats, glasses, jewelry, shoes, scarves, sweaters-it is all about those details! Your accessories can play a huge part in your engagement pictures. Not only are they fun, they are a great way to add personality and variety to your pictures. They also help with the #1 question I get asked at a session “What should I do with my hands?”.
Try on your outfits before your session. There is nothing worse than putting your outfit on the day of your engagement session and realizing that it doesn’t fit. Feeling great in your engagement session wardrobe is huge, so be sure to try on your outfits on to make sure that they fit correctly and that you feel comfortable in them. Be sure to wear any new shoes a few times before your session to break them in.
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Do you have engagement session tips to share? Drop them in the comments below!