We get asked this question A LOT: “What should I wear for our engagement session… wait, what is my fiance going to wear?”
We understand that you don’t take photos together everyday and you may not be sure how to match without looking too cheesy or matchy matchy. We would love to help you style this shoot and wanted to give you our TOP 10 COUTURE TIPS on how to style your engagement session!
- Choose two different looks for your session.
One that is fancy and one that is more casual. You will be using these photos for different purposes (Save the dates, wedding websites, home wall decor) and they are great memories so make sure you have options to choose from. Selecting multiple outfits is one way to assure you will have diversity in your photos.
2. Coordinating Colors vs. Matching.
We believe in coordinating colors! In this case, we first chose her dress (that she felt comfortable and beautiful in, confidence is KEY) and then chose one of the smaller pops of color, blush, on the dress to then find an accenting shirt for him. If we had chosen a white shirt for him, it would blend too much with her dress and if we had chosen a blue shirt, it would be too much blue with his blue jeans.
We have seen too many white tops & jeans matchy photos… just don’t do it!
3. It’s all about the details.
Think about your accessories. It’s not just the dress that we notice, we also see the shoes, the jewelry, the clutch. The fun accessories bring the outfit together and make it look effortless. We have had brides in the past say, I got this gorgeous dress but couldn’t find shoes to go with it, I was hoping we could just shoot from the bottom of the dress up… this is not something that the photographer or you want to worry about when you are taking your engagement photos.
4. HAVE FUN WITH PROPS!
We love food props, ice cream, cupcakes, cookies (anything that is meaningful or special to the two of you). We also really enjoy when couples incorporate their fur babes into their engagement shoots. Other fun prop ideas are: flowers, balloons, picnic basket, or confetti! Get creative with this and have fun!
5. Picture it together before the engagement session!
We suggest photographing your outfit all together with accessories to make sure you love it before the engagement session day! You can also try it with different accessories and options and then choose the one you like best! Then try on the one you like best and make sure it’s a perfect combination.
6. Location, Location, Location
Choose a location that is meaningful to the two of you. Remember to think about lighting as well. If you want soft light photos, don’t choose a dark coffee shop for your photos or start photos at sunset. Start an hour before sunset to get that perfect shot at sunset. Think about lighting direction and shadows, your photographer should also be thinking about these things but if you choose a location that has no shade, it will be harder for them to get the photo you want.
7. Take some individual photos as well
While you have the photographer there take some individual photos that you can use later for your business, instagram, or anything else you have going on. Why not get a few fun individual shots.
8. HAVE FUN TOGETHER!
Your engagement session should not be SERIOUS, this a time for you to get to know your wedding photographer, hang out with your fiance, and have this moment in time captured. Don’t get overly stressed out about your engagement session, if you are stressed it will show in your photos. Have fun with it!
9. Let him do it!
Have him hold the flowers or the ice cream or some of the fun props, usually you see the girl with the flowers, the coffee, the ice cream. Let him hold the fun props sometimes too… he’s obviously holding it for you and we think it’s super sweet and endearing to see the guy holding the prop. Switch it up… it’s fun!
10. His & Hers
We love the idea of his and hers… one for him, one for her! Cookies, coffee, cocktails, ice cream, as you can see there are many things that make his and hers fun and it also contributes to your “favorites” and helps tell “your story”. If you can make it something fun that you will also have at your wedding, that is super sweet too. Make the cocktails you get for the shoot your signature drinks for your wedding day. Serve your favorite ice cream to guests and use the same flavors from the engagement session. You get the idea!
Clothing: Vocabulary Boutique
Coordinator: Couture Events
Photography: Bryan Miller Photography