I was overjoyed when UT PhD student Christina here asked me to help her come up with some outfits for her upcoming engagement photo session with her fiance, Scott. Although picking out the outfits that you and all of your friends and relatives will look at for years to come is slightly frightening, I felt my assessment skills and knowledge of Christina would come in handy for this project.
When choosing what to wear for an engagement portrait photo session, I take several things into account:
1. LOCATION. Christina and Scott will be riding bikes together, posing in a park, and posing in front of a cool lime green and turquoise mural here in East Austin. It’s important to think about the colors involved and the level of dressiness. For this shoot, we needed comfortable, visually interesting outfits for biking, but also something that would contrast well with the bright-colored setting. For nature locations, you can go casual or dressy, so we decided to go for something a little dressier and super figure-flattering.
2. STYLE. Who are you and what do you want to look at yourself wearing? This is pretty serious stuff, but I can help navigate these waters for you! Christina has a preppy-girly grad-school style, so I knew we needed to do something fun and classic-preppy for one of the outfits. For any photo-shoot situation, it’s important that you’re as comfortable in your own skin as possible, so I wanted to find super flattering outfits that made Christina feel pretty and confident so she would look her best and be able to pose with romantic abandon!
3. BUDGET. I don’t know about you, but if I see myself tagged in thousand photos on Facebook wearing the same outfit, I don’t feel much like wearing that outfit again, especially not to another wedding (or whatever those photos of me are from)! So, it’s important to either select classic YOU outfits from what you already have in your closet, shop with a budget in mind for pieces that you’re comfortable only wearing once, or find new pieces you can wear multiple ways. We selected her preppy look from her closet, and shopped the sale rack at Anthro for some easy jersey dresses she can layer over tights or under cardigans or blazers to wear again after the shoot. A few accessories and separates from J.Crew later, and we had ourselves some outfits!
Here’s her preppy/casual look for biking and the park:
Here’s a fun flirty dress for posing in front of the mural or at the park:
This is a dressy alternate for any of the locations. Another tip: have lots of options!
Doesn’t Christina look gorgeous?? I am so excited to see how the photos all turn out. Do you have a photo session coming up or an event for which you’d like to look your absolute best? My Special Occasion Service is perfect for assessing, planning, and acquiring the perfect outfit or outfits for your big day. We’ll go over every detail of what you’ll need to feel like the best version of yourself (we’ll even talk about which glasses to wear or underwear to get if we need to). It’s no joke, people.
Also, if you’re in the Lakeway area, I will be giving tips tomorrow on how to dress for your Holiday Portrait Session! Check out all the details here.
November 1, 2011