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What to Wear: How to Dress for Engagement Pictures

What to Wear {Part 6: Couples}

As a photographer, it can help your customers when you direct them on what to wear. The next number of weeks, guest writer Kelsey Anderson will be providing information to help you coach your customers on what to wear.

When booking a portrait session I think it is almost always a given that the client is going to ask for suggestions on what to wear. I struggled with this question when I was first starting out. My clients would come dressed in matching outfits or in the same color head to toe. These clothing choices do not make for the most visually appealing image, right?

I knew that I had to change my clients way of thinking when it came to choosing outfits for their portraits. I personally believe that is part of my job to help style a session. This gives my clients another reason to hiring me over going to a chain portrait studio. I always tell them to choose items with good color, texture (ie, knits, ruffles, denim) and accessories. I tell them to think coordinating not matching. I even go as far as offering to come to their homes and dig through their closet with them or tell them to bring a trunk full of options and we can put together outfits on location.

Couples/Engagement sessions are so much fun to style! I always suggest my couples to bring a few different outfits, so we can change up the look mid session. I like my clients to dress up like they are going out on the town for the night. Here in the desert we have a lot of brown landscape so throwing a couple dressed to the nines in color against that backdrop is fabulous! Again I mention think coordinating not matching. You want their outfits to flow well with one another but not match from head to toe.

Here are a few items I love for engagement and couples sessions. I like to keep ideas of clothing choices fresh in my clients head and don’t want to have to have them dig through my blog to find them.

Couples W2W Boys 600x300 What to Wear: How to Dress for Engagement Pictures

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Couples W2W 600x398 What to Wear: How to Dress for Engagement Pictures

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Forever 21

Ruche
Express
Guess
Banana Republic
Nordstrom

Kelsey Anderson is a natural light photographer in Las Vegas, Nevada. Specializing in maternity, newborn, baby, children, senior and family photography.

 What to Wear: How to Dress for Engagement Pictures

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3 Comments

  1. 1
    Pamela S. says:

    THANK YOU, Thank you, thank you!!! I was JUST searching for clothing tips for engagement sessions yesterday to no avail, when alas you came to my rescue. Love it…thanks again.

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    jenny says:

    Awesome post! I love Kelsey’s style!!!

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    Allie Miller says:

    This is so great and imaginative!

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