I find that one of the most common questions regarding an engagement session or couples photo session is “what do I wear?”
Typically, I tell the women to try to have their hair and makeup trial done on this day so that they feel their absolute best! Most brides choose to have a trial done, so they might as well have their picture taken on the same day since they will be looking oh so fabulous!!
I instruct them to show up in the dressier outfit. The reason I like to start with the more formal attire is that they are already going to be uncomfortable having their photo taken. And let’s be honest, not many people enjoy having their picture professionally taken, especially by a stranger! So…we might as well be a bit uncomfortable both physically and emotionally for the first 10 minutes LOL!
A formal outfit can be very different for each person. For a man, it may be a suit and tie, dress pants and a dress shirt, or simply jean or shorts with a collared shirt.
For a woman, it may be a dress, a skirt and top, dress pants, or even jeans with some nice shoes! Whatever it is, just make it a fancy version of yourself.
After about 20 minutes in the first outfit, I then instruct them to go change into their second outfit which I would classify as “casual”. Normally, this would be jeans or shorts with a tank top or sweater. Something that they would typically wear on a regular basis when they go out of the house. Often, the men choose to change their shirt and keep the same bottoms on but it is completely up to the couple.
We photograph the second outfit for another 20 minutes or so and this ensures that I have lots of variety for the couple.
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