With this blog post, I do have a guest blogger, Trendy in Indy, as well as myself to give you some of the best tips on what to wear to your couples photo session. Up first, some great words of advice from Trendy in Indy, an Indianapolis blogger who has all the latest fashion advice and has a knack for shopping local.
Engagement photos or just couple photos in general are so much fun. My husband and I do them every year when our anniversary rolls around. Knowing what to wear for these can be a challenge, but here are a few helpful tips:
One, color coordinate
As silly as this may seem, color coordination is critical for photos. Also think about how various colors compliment both of you. Don't pick a color that one of you looks great in and the other, not so much.
Two, pick a theme
It's always fun to pick some type of theme for photos. This past year, Collin and I did a unique spin on a forest theme. You don't normally wear a button up shirt or heels in the woods, but we had a blast with it.
Three, think about location
Speaking of theme, location goes along with this. Think about where you want your shoot to take place and considering dressing to compliment the background.
Four, don't overdo the patterns
If one of you wants to wear plaid, the other should probably wear a solid.
Five, check the weather
If it's going to be hot, think about that when selecting your wardrobe. You don't want sweaty photos after all.
No matter what you choose to wear, these photos will always be a memory for you. Here's to your next couples session!
Thank you so much for your insight, Trendy in Indy!
I do have some tips for you and your significant other as well.
One, communicate with your partner.
Make sure you are both on the same page. Topics that should be discussed is style, coordination, and practicality to name a few.
Two, coordinate but don't match.
There is a difference. Matching means you are both wearing the same thing. Coordinating means you have a similar style and may have a similar color scheme.
If one of you is dressed up, the other should not be wearing their chill on the weekend outfit. You both need to look like you are attending the same session. If you both want to be informal, that is fine. If you both want to be dressed up, that is fine. Just do it together.
When it comes to color - If someone has mainly one color on, the other can have that color (or in the same color family) in a smaller part. Examples: Mainly red patterned dress and a similar red colored tie. Blue outwear vest and blue sweater.
Three, consider your location.
If you plan on going to the beach, I don't consider wearing your nicest outfit or those really nice heels. Think about where you are going for the photos. Are you going for a soft natural/rustic feel? Then sticking to soft neutral colors may be a great option. Are you going to be shooting in a city or urban area? Then brighter colors or a more “dressed up” approach may work with the setting better. It doesn’t hurt to look at sessions from similar locations and see what other people wore. It’s a great way to see what you like.
Four, be comfortable & practical.
The last thing you want is not to be enjoying your time because something doesn't fit right. Wear this outfit a couple time before a session to see how it feels. If it's not comfortable, do not wear it.
Also, if you plan on being picked up a lot in this session, or walking around a lot, wear something that is practical for those activities. You can wear a dress if you want to have a lift, just don't wear something short enough that it may reveal a little something you won't want in your photos.