So you don't want to show up naked to your engagement session? Questionable decision, but given the climate of the great white north, I can understand. Jokes aside, what to wear for your photo session is a question worth pondering and I'm happy to help with all the details for how to make the most of your photoshoot outfits.

Dress to feel well

This one almost goes without saying, but if you don't feel comfortable in your clothes, it's going to come through in your photos. My advice here is to wear an outfit you'd be excited to wear out and happy to spend a day in. At the end of the day, you want to look and feel like your beautiful self 🙂

Coordinate and compliment, don't match

This can be a tempting shortcut, but matching outfits often look a little contrived. Of course, if it's your vibe and you regularly make public appearances in your matching onesies, more power to you! But for most couples, it's better to choose outfits that complement each other instead of matching.

My biggest piece of advice here is to leverage neutral colors and/or build a color pallet to serve as a guide for your outfits. Adobe has a free tool that allows you to upload photos to analyze the color pallet of any photo. This can be helpful when building out your fits as it allows you to pick out colors from inspo photos that speak to you.

Feel free to take that for a spin here: https://color.adobe.com/create/image

Below are a few examples from recent couples in different seasons with killer style. The point here is that while none of these outfits match, they bring visual interest and tie the couples together through a cohesive and complementary use of color and texture.

Layer up and flow

Layering adds visual interest and gives you the flexibility to try a different look or two during our session. Consider wearing a jacket, cardigan, or top layer that you can use for some of the photos and leave out for others to get a better variety of images from a single outfit.

It's also worth noting that movement always looks great in photos, so a bonus aspect to consider is how your outfit moves with you. Flowy elements can look especially stunning in the breeze. Is your outfit suitable for a little piggyback action or a romantic dance?

Logos and brands

This is one of my pet peeves, so take it with a grain of salt, but I find large brand marks and logos can be distracting in your images. We want your session to look like YOU, not Nike, Carhart, or (gasp) Cabellas.

Closing thoughts

Hopefully, you found this guide helpful and timely! Ultimately your wardrobe is a reflection of your style and the possibilities are endless. I like geeking out about this stuff, so if you're seeking location-specific recommendations please don't hesitate to drop me a line.

With warmth,

Josh

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