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What to Wear to an Engagement Photo Session

Have you ever been so indecisive on what to wear that you end up with a stack of outfit options strewn across your bed? Before you know it, you have 5 minutes before you are walking out the door and you still aren't sure if you chose the right outfit.

That anxious, throwing clothes on the floor, and running out the door, stops today. I am going to cover how to choose the perfect outfit for your photoshoot!

If you are a visual person, just looking for photographic inspiration, check out my Pinterest board:

Now, lets get to it!

1. Choose a color scheme (examples below)

Once you choose a color scheme, you will be able to choose outfits that coordinate perfectly without looking like twins.

For example: If your color scheme has sage greens, beige, and light brown. Work from this to find a sage dress, beige shoes, and a light brown hat. Then, dress your man in a cream button up with light brown pants or khakis and leather shoes.

The idea is to follow a complimentary color palette. If you don't know where to start in creating a color palette, my best recommendation would simply to do an online search of "neutral color palettes" or "pastel color palettes". From there, you can narrow down your favorite color schemes and what would match best with the environment that you are shooting in (mountains, city, beach, etc.).

2. Avoid loud patterns.

Shirts and dresses that have lots of wild colors and patterns on them are often distracting from the best part of the shoot, YOU! This is why I encourage my clients to stick with solid colored items. Don't be discouraged if you have a patterned dress that you were dead set on wearing though, not all patterned items are an immediate "no". Dresses and button ups that have small, non-distracting patterns on them can still work just as well as a solid shirt. Notice the image on the left has loud distracting patterns, whereas the image on the right has smaller, softer patterns.

3. Go on a shopping spree

Chances are, you don't get photos done often, so take this opportunity to buy the outfit that's been sitting in your shopping cart for the past month. Trust me, it is worth the extra splurge to feel confident in your outfit! My favorite places to shop for photoshoot outfits are Baltic Born & ASOS. They keep their styles trendy and their prices are reasonable for the quality you receive.

4. Wear something that makes you feel confident

This is perhaps my most important piece of advice! If you wear an uncomfortable outfit, or are constantly worried about your top showing too much cleavage, you will be thinking about it the entire shoot. So, find an outfit that makes you feel like a million bucks and that you are comfortable moving around in!

Now get out there and find your perfect outfit! If you are hung up on two different outfits, ask your photographer if you can do an outfit change. You can make the most of your photos this way since it will almost look like two different photo sessions.

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