3 Keys for a Successful Engagement Session

We’ve seen the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to engagement shoots, but with so much riding on one set of pictures, we want them to be perfect — and to feel like us. The trick isn’t just having the right photographer or great lighting — a lot of it is what you and your partner are wearing. That’s because what you wear is likely going to dictate how comfortable you are moving around, or how you and your fiancé look together.

Like we said, there’s a lot riding on these photos (just like your wedding photos!) — you’ll have them for a long time and may even use them for your wedding invites or save the dates. So the necessary attention must be paid: we’ve come up with a set of tips to help you get the look just right.

Engagement photo clothes: Solid colors vs. bold patterns.

Stick to solid colors or subtle patterns. Bold stripes, large designs, and polka dots stand out too much, and tend to draw attention away from your face, which should be the main focus of your portraits. An eclectic mix of patterns can clash and reduce the quality of your engagement portraits. This isn’t to say that you can’t wear any patterns at all, though. If one of you wants to wear a pinstriped or plaid shirt, it will work best if the other wears a top in a solid color seen in the pattern of your significant other’s top. Another good option is for girls to wear a patterned tank top under a v-neck shirt. I love layers! You can also jazz up solid-colored outfits with great jewelry and accessories. Most importantly: Be comfortable and have fun with your engagement session! You will have a much better time, which always makes for better photos.

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