An engagement session can be such a fun experience with your partner, and there are so many options of where you can go, what you can do, and what you can wear! The most important thing to realize is that there really is no wrong answer, and you should do what feels right for you as a couple!
But sometimes these decisions can be a bit overwhelming, and it’s hard to know what exactly is right for you… So we’ve brought in 6 amazing photographers from our Brontë Bride Community to help you pick out your engagement session outfits, and give you tips along the way!
Set the Tone & Style for Your Session
Planning your photo session is also about finding the story you want to share through your photos.
When you start planning your photo session, everything from wardrobe, colour palette and mood stem from who you two are as a couple. This is an opportunity to make memories in photographs of who you two truly are together.
To find inspiration, look at the relationship you share. Are you the couple that are adventurous and love being out in nature? Do you love Saturday mornings drinking coffee and making breakfast together? Do you love going for evening walks in your neighbourhood? When you decide on the part of your relationship you want to focus on, you can start to envision all the other elements coming together.
Showcasing the ways you two love spending time together will create the most beautiful images you will be proud to have in your home, because it is part of your unique journey, and also dear to your heart.
Choose Outfits That Complement Each Other
One thing that will help elevate your engagement photos is ensuring you and your partners’ outfits complement one another in both colour and style.
Avoid wearing the exact same colour as your partner and go for ones that complement each other instead. I like to suggest selecting a colour palette and then having the two of you stay within it. When in doubt, neutrals or earth tones tend to work well!
Secondly, do your best to match each other’s level of “dressiness” for a more cohesive look. If one of you is wearing your Sunday best and the other goes for a more casual look, it’ll look like someone missed the memo. If you can’t decide between casual or dressy, bring both and do two looks!
One last tip: Set your outfits out the night before so you’re not making last minute decisions 10 minutes before you have to leave!
Select Outfits That Complement Your Environment
When choosing your outfits for your engagement shoot, it is super beneficial to consider the environment that you will be shooting in.
I am mostly shooting outdoors in the mountains, where taking a more neutral, earth-toned approach, will help to keep your images timeless and cohesive. I always want my focus to be on my clients emotion, and the mood of the environment, rather than a distracting outfit, which pulls the attention away from that intimacy. If you are really stuck, your photographer will know their editing style, and what works best with their approach, so it’s always a good idea to keep them in the loop to ensure you set yourself up for the best images possible.
Wear Something You Feel Comfortable In
Comfort is key!! You should be able to move around and become immersed in the moment.
If you’re constantly worrying about adjusting your clothing that’s not staying in place, then you will inevitably look uncomfortable and it will show up in your photos. Wear something that breathes. You don’t want to dress in something that will make you become overheated and sweaty.
Avoid shoes you can’t walk in. If you know that your photos are on the beach or on rocky terrain make sure you wear appropriate footwear. If you know you’re hiking to your photo location, you can wear hiking boots and change your shoes once there or style your outfit around comfortable shoes/boots.
Choose Outfits that are Season-Friendly
Choosing outfits for your engagement session can sometimes be challenging- especially when the seasons change so drastically! You never know what the weather will be like until the day arrives so it’s best to be prepared as much as possible while still loving the outfit(s) you decide on. This means bringing a variety of clothing options to your session! Bringing along a light jacket for the spring to fall seasons is great in case it rains or cools off. In the winter, layering up and wearing proper outerwear will make all the difference. You can always peel off layers as long as you have them! If it’s a cool summer day, wear a warmer top paired with shorts or a more summery top with pants/long skirt/etc.
Checking the weather forecast the days leading up to your session will help you make some good outfit decisions too.
Making sure your body temperature is comfortable truly makes such a difference; it ultimately affects the way your photos will turn out too!
Stay True To Your Own Style
When it comes to your engagement session, it is so important that you are comfortable. One of my biggest tips for couples is to always stay true to your own style. I encourage you to wear what you would typically wear on a date night, or out and about on the weekend!
If you stay true to yourselves, your photos will reflect who you are as a couple. And when you look back on your photos down the road, your first thought will be “this is us”! Don’t overthink it, and the result will be beautiful photos that you will always love!
And here’s a few extra tips from us here at Brontë Bride:
- Plan your outfits together ahead of time!
- Ask your photographer if you’re unsure!
- Bring multiple outfits!
- Search for inspiration on Brontë Bride’s Blog, or Engagement Inspiration Board on Pinterest!