I don’t know about you, but having your photo taken can be kind of intimidating . . . even when it’s just on a friend’s iPhone! So when it comes to having your engagement photos taken, there can understandably be some stress over how to look your best for them! Know that this is perfectly normal and something that most couples talk to me about. Which is exactly why I wanted to share some of the best tips I have for how to dress for your engagement session!
I’m going to preface this ENTIRE section with some reassurance that you’ll look incredible at your session. That being said, we’re only human and it’s natural to have some features that you’re self-conscious about at times. This section is intended to be preventative if you suspect that you may nitpick parts of your body (let me say it again, you’ll look GORGEOUS at your session). If this is you, the best thing to do is recognize anything you may be self-conscious about and choose clothes that best complement those feelings. When you wear clothes that make you feel comfortable and confident, you’ll look comfortable and confident on camera! These are a few common concern areas:
No matter the concern, know that you look incredible. Confidence will make you SHINE! When you feel comfortable and confident, it really does show!
Professional hair and makeup can be a great option because it looks amazing and removes the stress of getting ready on your own. It’s also a good way to get an extra boost of confidence!
If your wedding is local, your engagement session could also be the perfect time to do your makeup trial. It can be easy to feel like your makeup is “too much” at first since it’s more than you would wear on a normal day — know that this is a normal feeling, but that a good makeup artist knows how to get it just right for the camera! Doing this for your engagement session, you’ll get to see how the makeup photographs. There is NO going back on your wedding day, and this is the perfect way to know for sure that you love it.
Don’t forget that your ring will get some attention on this shoot, so give yourself permission to get it cleaned and your nails done, too!
Here are the things I remind our couples to bring along to their engagement session:
I know I just gave you a lot to think about. I wrote this blog post to help guide you through some of the decisions you have on what to wear to your engagement session, and hopefully, it’s done just that! If you’ve taken away nothing else, the most important thing is to wear something that you’re comfortable and confident in! That alone will make ALL the difference in the world.
The final tip that I’ll share today for planning your engagement session — make a date out of it! Make a reservation at a fun restaurant you’ve been dying to try, or make plans at your favorite brunch spot if we’re meeting at sunrise. Even though there are a lot of decisions to make, have fun and enjoy this part of being engaged!