For most couples their engagement photo shoot is a once in a lifetime event and what we wear has a big impact on how we will feel the day of and about the images for a long time afterwards. Here are some basic guidelines on what to wear taken from the WPPA website.

  1. Consider the photo location and how you want to interact with each other. Wearing a suit will make you feel classic and timeless, studied denim can help you feel at east and natural.
  2. Framing the face with a scarf for a woman or a popped up jacket collar and neatly pressed dress shirt for a man is a secret photographers have used for a long time. Accessories like a bow tie or hat can add drama and interestingness to your photos but only if they make sense for who you are.
  3. Wear solid colored clothing or a very subtle pattern so that the our attention is on your faces and personalities not the clothing. If you wear stripes or flowers for example the photograph can be confusing to look at.
  4. Choose muted tones that are a bit subdued so that you are the subject not your clothes. Bright colors project (especially reds, oranges, and yellows) and usually makes you look larger.
  5. Choose similar tones for your top and bottom (both dark or both light) so that one doesn’t look bigger than the other.  White top, dark pants will make your top look bigger.  White pants, dark top will make your butt look bigger.
  6. Choose 1-3 colors for your portraits, ones with similar tones that go nicely together and have everyone work within that color palette. For example: dark green, navy, and burgundy – all dark jewel tones.  OR tan, a lighter olive green, and denims – all lighter, softer tones.  So that we see the people first and your portrait looks stunning. Wedding group photos look so good because they’re all wearing the same colours and the people stand out!
  7. Choose a top with sleeves at least to the elbow because your arms take up more skin area than your face and will draw attention and it may also make your arms look larger.
  8. Choose long pants for men/ladies or a skirt below the knee for ladies so that your legs don’t take attention from your faces, and you will be able to sit and bend without showing too much leg.
  9. Choose dark socks and footwear (unless it’s a barefoot photo on the beach) because white just sticks out like a sore thumb and that’s all you’ll notice in your portrait.
  10. Keep jewelry simple and minimalistic because too much draws attention from your face.
  11. Do your hair the way you’d normally do it while wearing these clothes – because your portrait will be more timeless and authentic to who you are, not just what you looked like on shoot day.”
  12. If getting a haircut or new hairdo, make your appointment at least 2 weeks prior to your portrait session – Fresh hair cuts rarely look their best the same or next day. Ladies need time to practice working it, men need it to grow out just a little. Allow some time to live with your new look before your portrait session.