What to Wear for your Engagement Pictures | Atlanta Wedding Photographer

A frequently asked question is "What do We Wear?" I work with each couple individually to craft a session that's truly reflective of their style and personalities from their attire to the location but for today I thought I'd share some tips and ideas with you all. These "general rules" don't only apply to engagement sessions but can be applied to any portrait session (ie. pictures with your spouse or significant other.. so you have updated pictures of you with the one you love).

  • Be Comfortable and Feel Beautiful

Our favorite outfits are favorites because of the way they look and make us feel. Wear something you'd typically wear for a date night or dress it up for a night out on the town. If you've only worn heels twice in your entire life then wearing them for pictures is going to make you feel uncomfortable as you may be preoccupied thinking about not rolling an ankle or falling down rather than being present in the moment.

  • Don't worry about matching but rather complementing one another

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Patterns are great and so are bright colors as long as they are well balanced. You can rock the bright and beautiful sundress and have him wear something solid in a color that compliments one that's seen in your dress (maybe even a color that's not as obvious as others).

  • Lay out your outfits and take a picture

Yes it sounds silly but rather than trying to "visualize" what it's going to look like snap a picture! You'll be amazed at what you see! Suddenly the slightest details will either look like a home run or cause you to run for your closet one more time...

  • Have your Hair and Make up done

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It's incredible what a professional can do with simple things like foundation and eye shadow. This is a great opportunity to work with the artist you've hired for the wedding or one you're considering working with.

Recommended pros: Brushworx Claudia Mejerle  Formal Faces

If you'd like to simply not stress about having a "good hair day" I recommend scheduling an appointment at the Dry Bar. (they now have 2 locations in Buckhead and Alpharetta)

  • Shoes and Accessories

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Don't be afraid to layer it up and/or wear accessories. Scarves, jackets, necklaces, bracelets, fun earrings and even a cute pair of shoes can go a long way to adding a little extra detail and uniqueness to your pictures.

  • Do: Textures.
  • Don't: Really small stripes or plaids

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Textures such as lace, fur, linen and patterns even photograph beautifully. (looking for a special dress or accessory consider Rent the Runway they have endless options, great customer service and you'll feel like a million bucks!) Busy patterns such as small stripes or plaids don't play nicely with the camera. If you don't see a lot of solid color in the pattern chances are it's not going to work well. If you're in question simply shoot me a picture and I'll be glad to give you the yea or nay.

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  • Sports and Pets

If you'd like your fur baby to join you for your session or you have a high allegiance to a particular sports team you're more than welcome to make them a part of your session! Maybe it's going to be a house divided.. why not let the rivalry shine with a few fun pictures at the end of a great afternoon? If you do plan on bringing a pet it's always a great idea to have someone else come along to "entertain" them while they're not in the pictures. This is specially true if they're on the large side or a puppy and really active or easily excited. :)

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Check out these real couples and their sessions for ideas:

Kristen and Jonathan

Carolyn and Nick

Lindsay and Drew

Natalie and Brian