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Mastering Your Engagement Session Style

Congratulations on your upcoming engagement session! You’ve likely spent countless hours scouring Pinterest, dreaming up poses, locations, and themes for your shoot. But putting it all together is a whole ‘nother thing… Plus, what are you going to wear?!

No need to stress – I’ve got you covered! In this ultimate guide, I’ll walk you through it from start to finish- From color palettes to props; I’ve got everything you need to know to look and feel your best.

Location, Location, Location

The first step in dressing for your engagement session is to consider the location. Is it a beachy vibe or a formal, elegant venue? Your outfit should match and complement the location. For example, consider wearing breezy and lightweight clothing if you’re shooting at the beach. The location of your engagement shoot can coordinate with the overall vibe of your wedding, or you can do something totally crazy! It’s up to you as a couple to decide! 

Think Tints and Shades… Not Colors

We’ve all experienced the matchy-matchy family portraits… that’s not what we’re doing here! Instead, choose colors that complement each other through tints and shades. This technique will keep you coordinated and complementary to one another without being too exact. If this feels like too much, keep it neutral. Neutrals can help direct the eye right where we want it to in the photograph; on your beautiful faces! 

Comfort Is Key

While you want to look your best in your engagement photos, you also want to feel comfortable. Avoid any outfit choices that make you feel restricted, uncomfortable, or self-conscious. The camera doesn’t lie! If you’re not comfortable, it will show through in your photos! 

Double Your Pleasure, Double Your Fun

As a fashion enthusiast myself, I know that it can be tempting to bring a ton of outfits for your engagement session. My rule of thumb is two outfits max. One that is more casual and another that is more dramatic or formal! Don’t forget 2 different pairs of shoes for the guys!

Props Till You Drop

Not sure what to do with your arms? Let’s add a prop! I suggest that couples bring two to three props to play with during their engagement session! Champagne, playing cards, guitars, picnic baskets, or coffee are always solid prop choices to start with! Don’t be afraid to make it your own, bonus points if it’s sentimental to your love story! 

Your engagement session is one of the most exciting parts of being engaged, so make sure to enjoy every moment of it. Remember to have fun, be comfortable, and let your personality shine through in your outfit choices. Happy shooting!

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