The Best Tips for Engagement Sessions Outfits from D’Avello Photography

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The amazing Brynn and her bad ass husband Michael (the awesomeness that is the D'Avello Photography team) know a thing or two about great looking engagement sessions. They have photographed many of these session together and know how important a couple's outfits can be to the overall look and feel of the photographs. I asked Brynn to share the best tips for engagement sessions outfits to help y'all with planning yours.

The amazing Brynn and her bad ass husband Michael (the awesomeness that is the D'Avello Photography team) know a thing or two about great looking engagement sessions. They have photographed many of these session together and know how important a couple's outfits can be to the overall look and feel of the photographs. I asked Brynn to share the best tips for engagement sessions outfits to help y'all with planning yours.

The Best Tips for Engagement Sessions Outfits from D'Avello Photography

#1 Rule: Wear Something You LOVE!

Not just like… LOVE! If you want to ask me if we can photoshop a bulge (usually an imaginary one) then you should pick something else. Because even if I do some photoshop magic you are still going to see that flaw that only you notice. Lots of couples go out and buy brand new clothes for a session, but I have found that with the help of a good friend (or a stylish fiancé) you can find a killer combo in your closet you may not have noticed before.

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That being said, I think saying pick and outfit that fits well is redundant.. Clothes that are too baggy will add extra pounds, and clothes that are too tight have a tendency to do the same (and they really hinder the snuggly poses and freedom of movement). This goes for men too!

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Ladies: be sure to think about your beau’s comfort. If he’s not into having his picture taken he’s going to feel extra pressure if he also has to wear an outfit he doesn’t like or feel like himself in. Make sure to include him in the process, and as long as he doesn’t want to come in a t-shirt and flip-flops let him pick his own clothes. Trust me… going all Queer Eye on him 3 days before a photo shoot will usually result in pictures he hates and won’t let you hang in your house.

#2: Colors!!

Introducing a bright color will give your photos pop and energy. It can be in a pattern or a solid. Black is always slimming, and white should only be used as an accent color, it can be the opposite of black when used incorrectly. When you’re going for bright colors imagine what a photo will look like enlarged on a canvas in your home. Does it coordinate with your décor? If you are a neutral person, you can add a bright colored scarf, hat or jacket to some of the photos.

The Best Tips for Engagement Sessions Outfits from D'Avello Photography
The Best Tips for Engagement Sessions Outfits from D'Avello Photography
The Best Tips for Engagement Sessions Outfits from D'Avello Photography

Don’t match. Coordinate. When you’re planning you and your partners outfits do not go out and buy 2 shirts in the same color.. not even white or black. You want to coordinate, not look like you just went back in time to 1997.  If you are using a neutral palate now is the time to bust out a pattern for one or both of you. As long as the colors coordinate I wouldn’t even worry about mixing plaids, stripes, polka dots, chevron.. Whatever! It brings visual interest and personality to your photos.

#3: Options

Bring 2-3 completely different outfits. One that you are super comfortable in and can move around freely.. think sitting on the ground, snuggling up with each other, running through a field, or maybe even laying in the middle of it. You can bring a small throw blanket or a quilt if you don’t want to get too close to nature. The second outfit can be dressier.. a suit or a jacket and jeans for Mr. and a cute dress for the Miss.

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Layering is also great if you have one location or a short amount of time with your photographer. You can quickly update your look with a sweater, jacket, scarf or different accessories: a hat, belt, statement necklace, or boots. Guys can go from a shirt to jacket, add a scarf, a snazzy hat or a new shirt really easy.

The Best Tips for Engagement Sessions Outfits from D'Avello Photography
The Best Tips for Engagement Sessions Outfits from D'Avello Photography

If you are bringing clothes on hangers, bring a friend to help carry them, or stay close to your car to go back and get them. You’ll get a lot more pictures if you are not constantly going back to get your shoes, bags, clothes, etc. And your photographer can get some awesome shots of the two of you just walking along to the next spot.

// All Images Courtesy of: D'Avello Photography //

DavelloPhotography_HeadshotAbout D'Avello Photography: We like to keep it real. Real emotions and real moments make real photos. The connection between our clients and us is essential. We take pride in understanding your needs, making you feel comfortable, and providing you a space throughout the day to allow for natural moments. Our style is a lot like us as a couple: organic, artistic and intimate. It’s photojournalist with an artist’s eye.

When you hire us, you get experience. Experience is vital to handle tough lighting situations, stick to wedding timelines, know how a wedding day unfolds, and where to be to capture that once-in-a-lifetime moment. You spend the entire day with your photographers. They should be able to go with the flow, or to help you relax- with a little comic relief perhaps, or a sewing kit.

We love our job. We are chosen to document memories in photographs; that’s a big deal! Our photographs are timeless. They bring back memories that will be shared from generation to generation. We have been called everything from camera snipers to ninjas, and our favorite… friends.