Hi, Thanks for reading my blog. Normally I write about the couple why they chose the location and things we talked about during the shoot. But this post is about what to wear to the engagement photography session. This is the most commonly asked question. 

 So you are wondering what you should wear at your engagement photos? I even have brides send me photos of their outfits to help them choose. Lucky I was a hairdresser and I have an interest in fashion. The couples I photograph in and around Toowoomba   spend plenty of time planning what they will wear do they use the photos for their engagement and their save-the-dates invites. They also use their photos for wall art for their first house. Before you hit the local shopping centre, keep in mind these tips from stylists and my fellow photographers on what to wear for your engagement shoot.

Wear The Clothes That Make You Feel Like The Most Confident

Feeling confident will come across in your photos. Be realistic don’t pull out a formal dress or ball gown if you're a T-shirt and jeans kind of person. You should feel comfortable in the outfit you choose. You should feel like yourself, and be your best self. If couples choose clothes that are extremely outside their level of comfort. They will make feel uncomfortable, less confident and feel awkward in photos, which isn't good for anyone.

Please Don't Match

Complementing each other’s look is one thing. But "matching” outfits means you’re a 80’s refugee and just a nightmare. We have all seen those photos Please don’t make do them they are just plain awful. When deciding what you and your partner will wear, look for complementary colours and solid prints. Stay away from anything too busy, as it can be an unnecessary distraction in photos.

Stay away from FLURO colours

You'll want to avoid Fluro colours, lest you look like a neon sign. Orange is the least photogenic colour, while red is the colour your eye is drawn to immediately—and you don't want your outfit be the focus of your photograph. Your faces and the love between you should stand out. Consider wearing pastels, cool colours, or neutral tones, then add a pop of colour with your accessories.

 Have at Least One Accessory

Accessories, such as a stylish scarf or chunky necklace, can add a serious "wow" factor no matter what you're wearing. Plus, they're easy to slip on and off, which means you'll have a variety of looks with a single outfit. "Adding in at least one accessory per outfit for the ladies and wearing layers of clothing for the guys are two things that photograph well because it adds more visual interest to your look.

Choose Classic Rather Than On Point Trendy Looks

You may love your new black-and-white maxidress now, but in year or two but 20 years you will look at your picture a referee or jailbird. You want to have a look that is effortless, not like you're trying too hard.

Stick With Two Outfits

Don't treat your engagement session as a fashion photo shoot. You will  have a million wedding day photos where you're looking gorgeous. But your engagement photos are the pictures where you get to remember who you when it's only the two of you! The last time you will be photographed as individuals. One outfit is more than enough to reflect who you are as a couple, and having only one outfit insures you won't spend your entire engagement session in a rushing back to the cat to change into the next set of clothes.

Flatter Your Body Type

Choose clothing looks that fits properly and accentuates your assets. "When a stylist is selecting outfits for clients, they first and foremost pay attention to their body type. Some will even have a questionnaire to figure out what areas of their body they like to accentuate. We don’t have a stylist but here a few tips are below:

·         Pear-Shaped: To show off your curves, focus on cinching the waist with an A-line design that flares at the bottom.

·         Apple-Shaped: An A-line style with a gradual flow from the waist to the legs is always flattering. This shape is also great for a dress with texture and/or a deep V-neck.

·         Busty: Scoop and sweetheart necklines offer support and open up the décolletage so the focus is on the face rather than the bust.

·         Small Chest: Look for textured or ruched styles to create fullness in the chest area.

·         Plus Size: Engagement photos featuring an empire-waist dress. They can be flattering and emphasize the smallest portion under the bust, creating the effect of a slender silhouette from top to bottom.

9. Have a look at your old photos on social media.

Take a trip down memory lane and browse through old photos of you and your partner together, as well as individually. Look for the best parts of those pictures (perhaps it's a pose you love or a gorgeous backdrop), and create a mood board on Pinterest to start planning the direction of your engagement shoot. Seeing photos will help see what you like and what you like and will help give you some guidance for your engagement photography session.

12. Make Use of the Season

Bikinis don't work for a winter engagement shoot, and vice versa, of course. Take advantage of the season you're in and create an on-theme outfit.

·         Winter and Autum: Don't be afraid to bundle up. Wear your favorite jeans and layer cozy knits, or a scarf, grab a bright winter coat. Winter accessories can be look great. Plus, it makes more sense visually to be dressed for winter if you're being photographed in the middle of winter in Toowoomba. Photography sessions downtown can be awesome. Toowoomba has some great lights will add some beautiful bokeh [out-of-focus, blurry light spots] in the background. Paired with a chic winter outfit, an urban setting can really highlight the season.

·         Summer and Spring: Wondering what to wear for engagement pictures in warmer weather? Bring summer vibes to life by going barefoot and sharing a cone in sandals and shorts with your fiancé.  Try a outfit with a statement necklace, or a summer dress with a denim jacket for a sweet look. As for spring, you've got flowers in bloom and love in the air; you can't go wrong with subtle floral prints and pastel hues.

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