5 Style Tips For Your Engagement Session

September 04, 2018

5 Style Tips For Your Engagement Session

Engagement Sessions are a fun way to step back from the wedding planning and focus on each other. That is the reason we are here after all! The number one question we get from all couples is: What do we wear? Styling and fashion go hand in hand with great photos, so it's important to choose the right colors and most flattering clothing for you. One of our goals as your wedding photographer and expert is to make things easier for you. Here are 5 tips to help refine your style and look your best! 

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1. Clothing:

This is a big one as every person has a different body so choosing the right outfit can be hard. If you need a place to start, solid colors are your best friend. Stripes and busy patterns can draw attention away from your the most important part, your face with the exception of some prints. Avoid wearing large loose clothing, it will make your body look wider/larger than it is. Complementary colors look great and bring energy to the photograph but avoid neons. Darker colors can make you appear thinner while lighter colors can make you appear larger. Dark pants/jeans with dark shoes give texture and visually anchor a portrait. When choosing a color scheme, also consider what colors will look best on wall portraits and complement your home’s décor. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ladies, say yes to a dress for your engagement session! Thinking about a sequined gown or tulle skirt? Go for it! There is no such thing as "too dressed up" in this situation. A short sun or cocktail dress can give a more casual feel of "hey, we are on a date" as long as it isn't too short. Long dresses and skirts that flow can help add movement and beauty to any photograph. if you are self conscious about your arms, we recommend avoiding anything that has skinny straps or is strapless. Three-quarter sleeves create a beautiful slimming effect to all arms are are a great option. You can also try a cute jacket or cardigan. Jeans should be fitted and tops not too revealing.

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Guys, the options are a bit simpler for you. A man is always most striking in a well-tailored suit and if you don't own one, you can definitely rent one. While there is nothing wrong with looking like Justin Timberlake, David Beckham or George Clooney lets just face it, a suit is not always practical for Florida weather. Another totally acceptable and just as good-looking option is a pair of pants and a nice button down shirt. Your pants should not bunch up at your shoes and you should wear a belt. We also recommend scheduling a hair cut 3 days prior and scrubbing those nails clean. Never, ever, wear shorts

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2. Footwear:  

Avoid running shoes, white socks, and heavily worn footwear. Consider fashionable boots, sandals, high heels, loafers etc. Bare feet are always welcomed for very casual sessions. If your toes are showing then you might want to consider a pedicure.

Tip: If you are going to wear any type of heels, bring a pair of flats/flip flops to wear when we are not shooting. You can thank us later!

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3. Accessories: 

Have fun with this but keep it to a minimum. Ties, bow ties, cool socks, belts, tie clips, suspenders, vests and watches are some great accessories for men with the exception of some hats. Flower crowns, bracelets and earrings are perfect for ladies. Big statement necklaces bring a lot of pop to the photo just make sure it's not too distracting. Your face is whats most important! Sorry guys, but for most shots cowboy or baseball hats are a no-no because we can't see your face.

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4. Hair and Make up: 

Having your hair and make-up done professionally not only makes you look and feel amazing but it also removes the stress of doing it all on your own. One great idea is scheduling your session on the same day as your wedding day hair and make up trial run. If you need a recommendation just ask! We work with tons of great professionals that you will love! It is always a great idea to bring hairspray, lipstick/gloss and powder for touch ups.

Tip: Translucent powders work wonders with shine. 

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5. Props:

Props are always a great way to personalize your engagement session and the possibilities are endless. To figure out what works best for you, begin by considering what makes you unique as a couple. Is someone an avid guitar player? Consider bringing a guitar to include in some photographs. Love to read? Bring your favorite book or some with unique covers. You should also consider the session location. If it has a more vintage feel, maybe an old suitcase or chair would be appropriate. Chalkboards, signs, balloons, small bouquets and picnic baskets are also fun options. Even cars (yes, I said cars) can be a really cool prop to add in any photo, especially if its a classic or something thats been customized. Bring too many props and there is a good chance we might not use all of them!

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There are a lot of elements that go into creating a beautiful photograph. Be sure you have tied on your outfit(s) multiple times and see them both together so you can be confident knowing you will look great. What you choose to wear has to be comfortable! You don't want to be fidgeting the entire session so be sure to wear something you can move around in and lastly, something that makes you feel awesome!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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