Trying to pick out your wardrobe for your upcoming engagement session can feel a little, well.. overwhelming, no? I’ve had the chance to work with some really amazing couples over the past few years and learnt A LOT about what works and what doesn’t – especially depending on your own style, your location and of course your personalities!
Below I’ve outlined some of my favourite and most used advice for picking out the pieces that will showcase your love during your time in front of the lens, and of course, a little inspiration! Enjoy!
COLOR & STYLE
The first thing you’re going to want to do before you actually start combing closets or hitting the stores is to first think of your location (studio, in home, or a location outside) and second think about the season that you’re in, or the colors of the space.When you start choosing your outfits a good rule of thumb as a go to, is your basics and two colors in the same wheel. So we’ll use white, greys, blacks (our basics) and for our colors we have quite the array below, but I wanted to choose lighter, happy colors to ode to any location or season. As you continue to read, and see the clothes I compiled, the other thing you’ll notice is that for my colors I picked all mostly muted colors, nothing to bright or neon.The reason why I tell all my clients this simple trick when it comes to picking out their wardrobes, is that the basic colors will help balance any patterns or brighter colors in your wardrobes, as well as make it really simple to pick outfits that complement one another.
Another thing I tell all my couples is that there’s absolutely no reason why you should match – and I actually suggest you don’t. Offering different colours in the same wheel gives your images more depth, and showcases your personalities – Which is what we want! The only thing to make sure of with your colors, is that they’re in the same wheel, and same tone.
WHEN IT DOUBT, DRESS UP
You’ll notice with the pieces I’ve selected below that they’re a little more dramatic then your typical jeans and t combo – the reason why I did that is because I freakin’ LOVE IT when my couples go all out for a session, it brings so much more drama and confidence to the session AND – I’ve genuinely seen my couples get so excited for their session because of how stoked they were to feel non guilty for buying a piece that was either a little out of their comfort zone, and then kill their shoot. So if you’re a little nervous about how it looks, or if it’s maybe a little bit too much, don’t be I promise.Unless you’re doing a specific, stylized session meant for you to wear your pjs – never feel like you can be over dressed.
The most fantastic part about getting photo’s done is that it can be whatever you want it to be, however you want to be reflected in your portraits. There aren’t any rules. Lot’s of people forget about this, and I think it’s a shame. Have a gorgeous dress tucked away in the back of your armoire? Take it out. Wear your most expensive pair of shoes. Throw on your good jewellery. Buy a new outfit.
The absolute #1 goal of your photographer – is to have fun. If you don’t feel like wearing super snazzy wardrobes – the collections that I pieced together have just the right balance of both – understated pieces that paired right can bring the ideal amount of better than your average day outfit and still casual enough that your images can keep the mood of relaxed, lifestyle moments.
As always, don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or need help choosing between your options!
All my love ever,
(PS. Should you shop any of the looks below I may make a small commission, at no extra charge to you thanks to the beautiful retailers listed below! This in no way affects my preferences on what I share, I only share what I truly adore – N)