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September 30, 2019 2 min read

It’s always a little intimidating to have your picture taken professionally. Most people are used to cellphones and pictures with friends, but having someone who you have never, or barely, met can be overwhelming. I know that preparing for your engagement session can be a little stressful, but I am here to help! Here are some tips for outfits and accessories that will make your engagement session preparation a little more manageable!

Larissa marie photography pope farm engagement photo

-  When picking out outfits and accessories, go for colors that complement each other instead of colors that match. Complimenting colors will add more interest and authenticity to your images.

- Not only do you want to coordinate with each other, you also want to think about your location/s! Colors that complement the scenery can make a huge difference in the end results of your images. For example, soft color palette on a beach is a perfect combination for light and airy pictures!

- Pops of color added in works very well, and really makes an outfit unique to you! This can be from bold necklaces, fun shoes, scarves or earrings. These especially look great with clean backgrounds, like the Wisconsin State Capitol!

UW arboretum engagement photos

- Patterns are okay! The biggest thing to think about is avoiding graphics and logos that will stick out in your pictures. Also be careful of using too many patterns so it’s not overwhelming. A great patterned dress can be paired with a simple cardigan, blazer or scarf to tone down the intensity a little bit.

- Make sure that your pockets are empty! Even something as small as a tube of Chapstick can be seen. This includes removing keys and phones (guys especially)! If you have small bag to carry them in, we can hold it while we are taking pictures.

-  A great way to get variety with your images is to have one casual, everyday outfit and one dressier outfit. If you have a dressy outfit that takes some time to put on, I would recommend starting with it so that it’s easier to change later (bathrooms are not always available).

-  Make sure you’re comfortable in what you’re wearing. If you are wearing heels, bring flats for easier walking.

- My biggest piece of advice is to be on time! Nothing is more stressful than being late! We also only have so much daylight before it gets dark! If you are late, we won’t be able to extend the session longer to get your full time in.

Chicago engagement session

- For Winter sessions, keep in mind that you will get cold fast! The wind is no joke! Bring some warm gloves, earmuffs that won’t flatten your hair, and a jacket to help stay warm between shots. Hand warmers can also help to keep the redness down.

-  Relax! You don’t have to be a pro at this, and I promise that you are not awkward! I’m going to help you along the way and it’s going to be a fun time! Enjoy this time together and make a date out of it, plan dinner afterwards and celebrate!

Sincerely, Larissa of Larissa Marie Photography 

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