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Engagement Session Outfit Inspiration | Wedding Wednesday

March 10, 2016

Hey, I’m Kara!
Hey, I’m Kara! A wedding and family photographer based in Kankakee, Illinois! Whether I’m photographing your wedding day or everyday milestones and memories as a family, this job is my joy.

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Engagement sessions are some of my favorite sessions to shoot because I am able to work with couples prior to their wedding days… It offers an amazing opportunity to meet again, get to know one another better, and to find out how we work together! I am a firm believer that everyone should have an engagement session with their photographer for those exact reasons!

Today, I am excited to share an aspect of engagement sessions – outfit inspiration! 

I always try to guide couples with outfit selection for their sessions, but I decided that a blog post would be a great resource to compliment the session tips and Pinterest board I share with them, too!

“What do I wear for our engagement session?” Well, there is not a single right answer, but I can share a few tips that will hopefully help! Plus, the photos featured in this blog post are from one of my most favorite engagement session outfit pairings!

1 // Coordinate, don’t match!

I always tell my clients this for engagement sessions (and even family sessions)! The last thing a photographer wants is for all of the subjects to be in (nearly) the same outfit. To explain, I would not recommend that both the bride and groom wear white shirts and jeans for their session. Variety is good, and encouraged! 

Try to plan each outfit around one statement piece – whether it’s a necklace, patterned shirt, shoes, or colored pants. Then, pull colors and accents from the statement piece to bring the outfits together. Use caution here, though, because you don’t want to end up with outfits that are too bold for your style!

2 // Add layers and textures!

Layers and textures are perfect for engagement sessions! Not only do they add more dimension to your outfits and the look of your session, but they offer more options during the actual session.

Adding layers and textures also allow you to keep in mind that you want your images to look beautiful in both color and black and white. 

If you incorporate layers and textures, small variations can be made throughout the session such as adding a jacket or even wearing a hat! Feel free to bring these options to your session because it’s always better to have more options than no options!

3 // Stay true to your style!

Whatever you choose, stay true to your style!

Do try to add unique elements to your wardrobe, but always remember to be you, own it, and wear what makes you comfortable. As a photographer, I want my couples to be relaxed and able to enjoy their sessions, so be true to you and you’ll be even more comfortable!

I hope you enjoyed this week’s Wedding Wednesday post! Lots of love to my blog readers!


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Chicagoland wedding & family photographer based in Kankakee, Illinois