Now that spring has finally arrived in Montreal (we hope!!), so has Montreal’s Engagement Session season. We can finally shed our winter parkas, get outside and enjoy some sunny weather as we explore various areas of the city to photograph this next chapter of your love story.
As exciting as it is to prepare for an afternoon of kisses, cuddles and laughter with that special someone in your life, you may be agonizing over what to wear. If you are, you’re not alone! This is the #1 question clients ask me about before an engagement session. Here are some fun ideas for you to consider, with a little help from my friends at Galler.ee using choices from all the colors of the rainbow:
In ancient times, the creation of purple dye was an incredibly lengthy, expensive process. Purple garments became a symbol of wealth and nobility, even royalty; and were sought after world-round. Although violet is now far easier to come by, the color is still associated with its royal roots. A violet-themed engagement outfit exudes playful sophistication and looks great on camera! Small accents of purple, such as scarves and accessories, can also liven up an otherwise muted palette!
Indigo – or deep blue – is a rich, exceedingly popular color which looks beautiful in almost any setting. Outfits with blue elements create a sense of calm and quiet - perfect for a more introverted couple or natural backdrops. Blue can be dressed up or down to fit your tastes, and can be used either as a main color or accenting in your outfits.
Nothing says fresh and new quite like the color green! Green comes in a wide array of shades, ranging from a yellowish, pea-like hue all the way to turquoise! Green looks beautiful combined with earth tones, and therefore makes a wonderful choice for outdoor shoots and backdrops of wood and stone. Even small accents of green, such as jewelry, scarves, or shoes, look wonderful with whites and tans.
Ah, yellow! The color of happiness, of light and sunshine. Yellow is a wonderful color to wear in outdoor, buttery natural-light shoots, and looks amazing on camera! Although yellow can be difficult for some to wear because of its tendency to wash out skin tones, patterns with yellow or a single yellow garment in an otherwise neutral palette adds wonders to your images. Adding yellow florals, jewelry, or accents also helps to make your photos go “POP!”. We love yellow!
Orange is a tangy, optimistic color that demands attention! Strong, joyful, and happy, adding orange to your engagement session is always a hit on camera. Couples with a more extroverted nature might enjoy orange-themed outfits. Orange also looks wonderful in urban settings, such as against concrete, brick, and stone.
Red is one of, if not the, strongest of colors in the rainbow. A symbol of power, passion, blood, and love, red is a bold and striking color for your engagement session. Since red is truly a brilliant, attention-grabbing color, we recommend peppering your outfit with red accents instead of making red the main color for all garments. Pairing red with denim or darker neutral tones makes for striking
engagement images that create lasting impressions on your wall.
A few other important tips:
- Think about your personal style as a couple (sporty, trendy, casual, romantic, vintage, high fashion, etc.) and try to coordinate so that you’re BOTH in the same style from head to toe since we’ll be taking some shots full length. For example, if you want to wear something sporty, then you should BOTH wear something sporty…
- Dress up a little. It’s not every day you have professional photos taken, so wearing something special will make your engagement photos more distinctive than the shot your mom took of you at your last family dinner. Choose something you’d wear on a date – maybe a cute dress for you and a shirt with nice pants for him.
- Bring at least one change of clothes each, so that we can mix it up and do a couple of different looks. I’ll have you sitting, lying on the grass, running, jumping, etc (Yup, YOU have to work just as hard as me!!)…. so make sure that at least one of your outfits is pants or shorts (i.e. not a short skirt) so that we have some flexibility
- Wear comfy shoes since we’ll be walking around a lot. If you have some super sexy heels that you want to wear – I’ll give you time to change shoes in between takes.
- Wear a little makeup – even if you don’t normally, since your features will look much better on camera if you have a touch of mascara & lipstick or gloss… This is also a great opportunity to do your makeup trial. If you’re working with my Makeup Artist, let me know if you’d like me to coordinate this for you.
- Don’t forget accessories; belts, watches, earrings & necklaces/bracelets… and of course, your engagement ring!
As you go about choosing your wardrobe for your engagement session, wear what you feel comfortable in – or splurge on that gorgeous dress that you’ve been looking for an excuse to buy, but most importantly: BE YOURSELVES!!