Rachel Marie Photography

Texas Fine Art Wedding and Portrait Photographer

How To Dress For Your Engagement Photos | League City Wedding Photographer

What the heck do I wear for my engagement session?!?!?

This very question comes up quite often! My normal response would be: Well, clothes are a great start! So I decided to finally get my thoughts together in one place and write a post about this very topic.

When choosing your outfits, I have 3 “guidelines” since everyone likes to break rules, haha!:

1) Be yourself!
My favorite photos are the ones where the couple looks and feels like themselves. Wearing an outfit your comfortable in will only accentuate your style and personality. Your comfort and happiness will show through and influence the overall mood in the photos. This is also the time to wear makeup. Ladies, you know exactly who I’m talking to! Even if you don’t normally wear makeup, cameras have a sneaky way of picking up uneven tones on our faces. You don’t have to look like a contestant on RuPaul’s Drag Race but a little blush and mascara will go a long way! I know the whole “wearing makeup thing” can contradict this guideline but trust me, you will love the outcome of your photos even more!

2) Be comfortable!
If you have to jump up and down in your jeans to get them on, you might want to opt for something you’ll feel more free to move in. I like to sit my couples down and let them get comfy/cuddly. It’s hard to cuddle when you are wearing a boa constrictor. Want to wear heels for your beach photo shoot? Switch them for flip-flops and save the heels for walking around on the Board Walk. Barefoot is always a great way to go in the sand anyway! If a strapless dress is in your “maybe” pile, think about whether or not you’ll feel confident about your arms, and the fact that you may be adjusting your dress. If you second guess both of those, toss it out the pile or throw a cardigan over top. The better you feel in your clothes, the better you’ll look in front of the camera! On the day of your photo shoot, you should both look like you’re headed to the same place. If you plan on dressing to the nines make sure your darling fiancé isn’t wearing his favorite Bob Marly tee with shorts and white sneakers. Ladies, I have seen this with my own two eyes, and it isn’t pretty next to that little red number you picked out ;)

3) Coordinate!
Coordinating your outfits a little bit is fine, but unless you are in the movie Twins, don’t wear matching outfits. If you don’t dress like each other every day of the week, I don’t recommend dressing the same for your engagement shoot. However, I’m not against wearing colors that complement each other and pieces that have common shades. Black might be slimming, but I generally advise couples not to wear it since it leads to every piece of hair that your beloved fur baby Fluffy left lying around the house, being easily caught on camera. I know you want those photos back quick and me spending hours in Photoshop wont make that happen ;) Wearing white should be saved for your wedding day, so go with bright hues that will pop from the background. Mix solids colors with plaids, just don’t wear a shirt with tiny stripes, they just look weird on camera.

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