Having trouble deciding what to wear for engagement photos? Kelsie is resident beauty expert on the bride blogger team, and today she’s sharing 8 tips to help you pick the perfect outfits!
Not everyone chooses to have engagement photos done, but with my love of photography, it was on the top of our list for things we wanted for our wedding. Conor and I chose to have our engagement photos taken in the fall, since our wedding will be just on the cusp of summer and fall. After much research, we chose Jerrad and Lisa with Thrive Photography & Films for our wedding photographers.
We knew we wanted engagement photos taken outdoors, and after looking at Thrive’s previous engagement photo sessions and the locations they were taken in, we picked a few spots in the Madison area that we knew would be perfect for the shoot. We chose the Capitol building because of the neutral, grey and white backgrounds, and then we picked Capitol Springs Park in Madison, per Lisa and Jerrad’s recommendation, as we wanted tall grasses and/or a field for some of our photos. At the park there were 4 different locations that we shot photos in, ending in the tall grasses with the most perfect sunset in the background! I am absolutely in love with our engagement photos. They could have not have been any more perfect!
The photo taking was the easiest part of our engagement shoot, but the most challenging part had to be choosing our outfits. There are so many things to think about when planning engagement photos, but I want to share with you some tips that helped guide us while planning our outfits for our engagement shoot.
1. Be yourself
This one is the most important. These photos are meant to show off your true selves and the love you have for each other. Think about what you want to see when you look back at these photos when you’re older. If you’re more of the casual type and hate dressing up, then stick to casual attire. If you enjoy getting dressed up and looking fancy, then stick with that.
2. Set the tone for your wedding
Is your wedding going to have a rustic theme? Try sticking to a more rustic style engagement shoot, with lace, plaid and blue jeans. If your wedding is going to be more elegant, opt for a more elegant style shoot with a gorgeous dress and slick suit. Nowadays, it is more common to have engagement photos incorporated into your save the dates. Think ahead about what you want your save the date to look like and plan accordingly.
3. Choose your locations and dress for your surroundings
Once you know the locations of your engagement shoot, you can start to finalize your outfits, and choose your tones. For example, if you’re taking photos inside an elegant historical building, you won’t want to be in a t-shirt and jeans. When we chose the exterior of the Capitol building in Madison for one of our locations, we kept in mind that the building and surroundings were more neutral and cool tones, therefore we opted for cool colors in our outfits, like blues, whites and greys, with some pops of cognac and neutral tones to help balance it out.
4. Choose comfort & dress for your body type.
Wear something comfortable and not too restricting, and choose clothes that move well. The last thing you want is something too tight for certain poses, like sitting together on the ground for a photo. You know what suits you best. If you don’t normally feel comfortable in a dress or a sleeveless top, then don’t wear those.
5. Coordinate with your fiancé.
You don’t want to be too matchy, but you do want your outfits to complement each other. If you are in a casual top and jeans, your fiance will want to be something similar, and avoid outdressing you. As for colors, I personally like to pair warmer tones with warmer tones and cooler tones with cooler tones, with pops of neutrals to balance it out.
6. Incorporate something white.
You are about to be a bride and walk down that aisle in your beautiful white dress. Why not wear a little bit of white in your engagement photos? I chose a white top as one of my pieces and I don’t regret it one bit. It doesn’t have to be stark white, but a shade of white will look stunning.
7. Get your nails done.
Typically, your photographer will be showing off your ring in the shots, because why not? Make sure you have freshly manicured nails to show off in your photos with that beautiful engagement ring.
Don’t forget to accessorize with bold pieces, whether it be a chunky necklace, or some statement earrings. I chose to wear some statement earrings that didn’t end up showing up in my photos because of my hair. If you have longer hair like me and will have your hair down in your photos, I suggest a statement necklace over statement earrings. Don’t forget the smaller accessories, like bracelets or watches depending on your attire.
There are so many aspects to think about when planning for your engagement photos, but whatever you decide to wear, just be sure that you feel comfortable, and be yourselves. Remember that this day is about the both of you and if you’re true to yourselves, your love will shine through and your engagement photos will be everything you want them to be.
Tomorrow we’ll be sharing Kelsie and Conor’s engagement session so you can see just how she put all of these tips into practice. Kelsie will be sharing beauty and style advice throughout the series so let us know in the comments if there is a topic you’d like her to cover! Learn more about Kelsie and the LMW Bride Bloggers!