An engagement session, is the first experience with having portraits taken for a lot of people. It's a great opportunity to get to know your photographer better while you are in a relaxed environment if you have also booked them for a wedding.
Putting together an outfit for an engagement shoot is an important consideration that will affect the final result of your photos. I have a particular style of photography that works really well with a certain style of clothes so I help my clients personally to make sure they get the most out of their experience.
It's important to feel comfortable and confident in what you're wearing. If you feel too restricted or you just don't feel like yourself in your outfit, let me tell you it will directly transfer onto camera. This isn't the time to take fashion risks and the same goes for make up.
Here is my formula for a great outfit as well as which clothes to avoid and keep scrolling for a few ideas on colour palettes and outfit combinations.
Choose a colour palette
Include a neutral as a base no matter what other colours you choose. Whether that be a lighter neutral like white or beige or a darker base like black or grey. It is important to choose a neutral to go with your colours so that it ties the whole look together with a natural and comfortable ease.
Choose an occasion
Smart, casual, smart-casual - make sure the both of you are occasion matched. If you look like you are going to the ball and he looks like he's going for a skate at the park, it will present a distraction in the final image.
Think about pattern & textures
Bold patterns are best kept for a different occasion. Bold patterns can be distracting and we don't want to take the attention away from the focus - your relationship.
Simple patterns are fine and can add a beautiful texture to an image.
Shoes, jewellery, hats.
Engagement rings : I love to showcase the engagement ring in a few of my close up shots so give it a quick clean up to make it shine that little bit more.
Keep it simple with the rest of your jewellery. Just like wedding accessorising - less is more but by all means feel free to wear other beautiful and meaningful jewellery like bracelets, necklaces and earrings.
Shoes: Flattering and comfortable are the keywords here. Depending on location we may be walking around various photography spots so keep that in mind.
Hair & Make-up
If you are like me - youtube is your best friend with this department! Tutorials are really helpful when it comes to creating a simple but beautiful make-up and hair combination for portraits.
Hair - Curled hair is a classic look that looks good on a lot of people. Don't worry if it's not for you - if you know what works well for you, go for that. If you are curling your hair, make sure you brush it out! A little bit of hair spray and a gentle brushing creates a stunning look! I don't know much, believe me I'm not an expert in this area, but I do know that curls from your curler or straightener need to be brushed out. If you are one of those magicians that can curl their hair with a hairdryer - I am in awe of your talents!
Make-up - Again I am no expert.. but I hear there are lots on Youtube!
Men - take it easy on the gel my friends... and a little trim of the beard and nails goes a long way! That's really all I have to say in respect to you fine fellows.
It is a really good idea to practise your look a couple of times before your portraits. Ask your friends what they think and don't get too stressed out about it. If you find yourself getting stressed about anything remember I am a call or a text away and I can help you out.
Beautiful & timeless engagement portraits!
Clothes to avoid:
1. Clothes with large brand logos on them. They are a massive distraction - please avoid these at all costs! Probably my biggest no no for engagement outfits.
2. Exactly matched clothes. This may seem like it would be a good idea but it's better to go with complimentary colours and outfits.
3. Busy patterns. I love patterns but if both people are dressed in patterns - it will get too busy fast!
Outfit and colour palette Ideas
These are a few outfit ideas I put together. All of the outfits are from The Iconic online store. If you have any further questions or if you are unsure about colours or combinations - give me a call or send me a message! I am more than happy to chat about outfit options to help you create beautiful portraits that you will love forever!