Classy vs Trendy or Bold vs Neutral... What's Your Style? Choosing the style you want to represent in your engagement images can be hard. These choices represent the three main decisions you’ll be having to make for your outfit choices. There are no right or wrong answers! Maybe you want one outfit to be dressy and one outfit to be casual. Maybe you want one outfit to feel very light and neutral, but you want to wear more color in the next outfit. These categories will hopefully help you determine what you’re hoping for in an engagement session. If you’re feeling stuck and can’t seem to determine what you prefer, that’s very normal!
Here are some general “rules of thumb” when it comes to styling during a portrait session. Once you read through these, you may have a very better understanding of what your prefer and you can start planning your outfits. These “rules of thumbs” are based off of my experience and aren't concrete rules that can’t be broken. However, if you have questions about one of them, in regards to what you want to wear, just email me and we can talk about what would be best! I've also attached links to all the outfit ideas below to get outfit ideas for your shoot. I hope you enjoy this blog post and hopefully find some inspiration for your engagement session.
THINGS TO AVOID
1: colors to avoid - bright reds, neons, bright oranges ( they reflect color into your skin and can be difficult to edit)
2: avoid patterns smaller than a quarter - tiny patterns cause something called “Chromatic Aberration” in digital images. Men’s checkered whites are fine if the “checks” are on the larger side
3: alternate heaviness - if one of your is wearing very dark jeans, the other May want to wear lighter pants. If one of you is wearing a navy top, the other shouldn’t wear a dark or heavy tip. To a certain degree, alternating the heaviness of your outfits can make your images look more balanced.
4: avoid one of you being casual while the other is more dressy - this can look a bit awkward in photos. If one of you is dressed up and the other one is casual it can look a little odd in your images
5: other things to avoid - tennis shoes, graphic tees, bold logos on shirts, sunglasses and baseball cap.