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My Top 8 Engagement/Couples Outfit Tips

One of the most popular questions I get asked, and for good reason is WHAT DO WE WEAR? You will have these photos for EVER and there's nothing worse than looking back on these photos and seeing them "dated". Don't we all want that timeless look that never gets old? I know I do, and that's something I encourage for all my sessions no matter the nature of it.


Here are some suggestions I like to give for couples posing in front of my camera, some things you may not have thought about:


1. Compliment Each Other but Don't Match

Complementing your man's look is one thing. But matching outfits an

patterned prints aren't ideal for portrait sessions.

When deciding how you and your partner will dress,

look for complementary colours and solid prints. Try to stay away

from anything too busy, as it can be an unnecessary distraction in photos.



2. Stripes

Make sure they are small stripes that go horizontal or vertical. Any bold stripe

will carry the eye across the image that will stretch

what they are looking at. Which in turn won't make your body type

look the right size. Stripes are a very popular print to these days

and it's important to make sure you are bringing the right attention to yourself that

will best show who you are.


3. Bold Printed Dresses

I know a lot of us default to florals to "dress up" or even dress down.

This is a tricky one because I have seen it done very well that works,

and other times when it doesn't work at all. The colours and bold pattern

is what I would look at the most. Some bold prints can be distracting with the

locations I choose and typically are harder to organize

outfits together that way. Fine and small detailed prints are the

way to go, they aren't distracting and you can still have your florals.


4. Choose Pastels, Cool Colours, & Neutral Tones

You'll want to avoid anything neon, lest you look like a hot,

blinking sign. I also find orange is the least

photogenic color, while red is the color your eye is drawn to

immediately—and you don't necessarily want your shirt or

skirt to be the focus of your photograph. You want your

faces and the love between you to stand out. So consider

wearing pastels, cool hues, or neutral tones, then add a pop

of bright color with your accessories. This can be (depending

on the season) a scarf, mitts, or necklace.


5. Choose Classy Rather Than Trendy

You may love that black-and-white maxidress now, but next

year you may only picture a referee or jailbird when you see

yourself in head-to-toe stripes. I always recommend looks

that will remain timeless, rather than outfits that could make

your images feel dated a few years down the road, overly

contrived looks can feel awkward and clunky in photos—and you

want to look effortless, not like you're trying too hard. My

photography style is very natural looking and framing

the love between you.


6. Stick with Two Outfits

Don't fall victim to treating your engagement session as a

fashion photo shoot. These are the pictures where you

get to remember who you are at the end of the day when it's

only the two of you! Two outfits is more than enough to

reflect this in couples, and it insures you won't spend your

entire engagement session in a rush to change into the next

set of clothes. That's why my shoots are about an hour

long because after that point you both are going to be like,

"are we good now? I feel like we've done so many looks."

Making sure I get the best results is when you both are

excited and energized to be in front of camera. I don't want

to waste time with outfit changes.


7. Don’t want to make a big outfit change? No problem!

If you're more like me, personally I am not a fashionista

by any means and usually wear things that are comfy

unless I HAVE TO dress up. You can stick to one outfit

and completely change the look by adding a

jean jacket or necklace accessory.


Neutrals are always the way to go too!


Blue jeans are always a go-to for me, but I prefer

a darker pant in photos. With my locations being

more in cooler settings (lots of greens and blues)

I always suggest to wear darker

pants for this reason. It visually breaks up the

photo much better.


8. Wear Clothes that Make You Feel Like You

Now's not the time to pull out a beaded ball gown if

you're a T-shirt and jeans kind of girl. I know this is cheesy

but the best thing you can wear is confidence. I get a lot of

compliments about "how authentic and in the moment your

couples look." And I always answer that those emotions come

through in photos because my couples felt confident with how

they looked and trusted that I was capturing the best parts

of them. YES it is important to wear outfits that make my

camera happy but it's all about the photo as a whole and

how EVERYTHING comes together. I can't make the best

outfit look good if the person wearing it doesn't feel

comfortable.



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