You’ve got your engagement session booked, but now what to wear? A formal outfit? Solid colors? A couple different outfits? A whole new mini wardrobe? Since you’re bound to have many questions about this important detail, we consulted with Daniel Nydick of Daniel Nydick Photography in Scotch Plains. He’s known for his creativity, vivid colors, dramatic imagery and candid storytelling—and has some great tips on what to wear. “One part of what will make your photos POP is choosing the right outfits,” he says. “Your clothing should reflect your style and personality, while also suiting the energy of the experience to come. For instance, I wouldn’t recommend baseball uniforms for an engagement session at the opera, haha!”
Here are his tips on what to wear:
Choose something both comfortable and flattering
You don’t want to be tugging at your clothes or adjusting your outfit throughout the shoot. You should feel beautiful, handsome, confident, relaxed AND excited. Again, prepare for the best date you’ve ever had and channel that energy when carefully combing through your closet.
Coordinate your outfits
While you don’t need to match exactly, it’s a good idea to choose outfits that complement each other. You could coordinate colors or styles to create a cohesive look. The easiest way to see if your outfits work well together is to lay everything you’re both wearing out on your bed. If everything is able to be mixed and matched, you’re good to go! And if the color of your blouse or dress looks good with his pants or polo, you’ve got a winning combo!
Dress for the location
If you’re having your photos taken in a park or on the beach, you might want to go casual. “There aren’t many ideas I’d say no to,” Nydick says. “I’ve had engagement sessions that end up literally in the water. If you’re the adventurous type, I say embrace it and find that outfit that will let you be you.” Or, at least bring a backup or second outfit just in case. If you’re having your photos taken in a more formal setting, like a museum or historic location, you might want to dress up a bit more.
“All in all, forget there are photos involved, and dress appropriately for the date you’re going on,” Nydick advises.