Engagement Session Wardrobe & Makeup Guide

Wardrobe Guide – What To Wear For Engagement Photos

I don't assume that you know exactly how to choose what you're going to wear for your engagement session so that's why we do our best to have specific recommendations depending on the location that you choose. However, we always want you to be comfortable and to wear clothing that showcases your personality. It’s all about styling and planning. The more time you invest in selecting a wardrobe for your engagement session, the happier you will be with the results. Leaving the details to the last minute creates stress and takes the fun out of the day. If all else fails, don't hesitate to consult us and we'll put you in touch with our resident stylist.

Dress: As a general rule, wear solid colors, as stripes and patterns draw attention away from your face. Avoid wearing turtlenecks and large loose clothing, as these often make the neck seem nonexistent, and the body looks wider than it is. Shorts or capris have a tendency to make legs appear shorter than they are. We have a personal stylist on staff that can help you also, just let us know what you need. Our stylist can assist with shopping for your attire or assessing what you already have in your closet to put together a styled look. 

Colors: Solid monochromatic colors are easiest to coordinate, but primary or complementary colors also look great and bring energy to your photographs. Darker colors may cause you to appear thinner while lighter colors may cause you to appear larger. Dark pants or jeans with dark shoes give texture and visually anchor any portrait. When choosing color schemes, consider not only what looks best on you, but also what colors will look best on wall portraits because how great would it be to have one of your photographs incorporated into your home’s décor.

Accessories: Keep it to a minimum. Avoid hats, hair ornaments, and sparkly or costume jewelry unless it does not distract from the main subject which happens to be you. :-)

Footwear: Avoid running shoes, white socks, and heavy footwear. Also, consider fashionable boots, sandals or bare feet for casual photos.

Props: Props are always a great way to help showcase your personality in your engagement photos.

Makeup Guide – How To Do Your Makeup For Engagement Photos

We always recommend that you consider having your makeup professionally done even for a natural look, but looking good on camera doesn’t always require a makeup artist. However, professional makeup tips definitely help. Even if you prefer a natural look, the camera tends to exaggerate flaws and create artificial ones. Who needs that? If you choose to do your own makeup, you may want to consider consulting a professional for some camera-friendly makeup tips and focus on makeup application that enhances rather than detracts from your looks.

Makeup tips for the camera include an array of corrective and dramatic effects as well as enhancing your natural appearance. The key is to consider that images are two-dimensional, so shadows and highlighted areas may need to be emphasized, de-emphasized or even simulated, for the best overall effect. If it hasn't hit home for you yet, we just want to make sure you're comfortable and look your absolute best because when you look good, you feel good and feeling good makes for a great engagement session experience.