If you’ve read our previous blog post ‘Style Tips for HER, you’ll know how important your engagement sessions are to me! It is a highlight and an important tool for you and your fiancé.
In my continued effort for your session to be as fun and stress-free as possible, here are some fun and easy tips for what HE should wear to your engagement photo shoot!
Tops & Bottoms
The same way that a dress is the most flattering silhouette for the female body, a blazer or sport coat has the same flattering effect for men. You can’t go wrong with a dress shirt, slacks and a blazer (if you have one). Should you choose to go more dress- casual, go with a nice shirt (possibly a polo) and dark denim jeans (without rips).
For colors, I recommend neutrals and soft, warm tones that compliment your bride’s look. When selecting your pieces, I recommend choosing a different “weight” for the pants and coat. So for example, navy pants (darker) and a heather gray coat (lighter) or gray pants (darker) with a soft powder blue shirt (lighter). Solid shades of gray or navy are a strong complement to most women’s outfits, whereas pinstripes or plaid patterns tend to distract the eye, so stay away from too strong of prints, and opt for solids instead.
Layers on men look great on camera, so even when it’s hot outside, it’s worth an hour or two of discomfort for photos that will last you both a lifetime. Adding extra layers will bring additional dimension and visual interest to your photos. If the temperature permits, he could even consider adding a v-neck sweater with a pop of color from a long-sleeved collared shirt and tie underneath.
Don’t be afraid to get a little creative with layers!
It’s All in the Details
Long pants and closed-toed shoes are the most sophisticated and masculine looks for men. They draw attention away from his legs and feet and place it where you want it: on the face you fell in love with. So, for your session, it’s best to leave the shorts and sandals at home.
How to Prep Your Man
Even though taking photos might not be his favorite thing… YOU are! Most men aren’t overly excited to take photos, mostly because they don’t have an expectation of what’s to come and why it’s so important to you. Trust me, if he loves you, he’ll bring his A-game and light up the camera for you. The most common thing I hear from guys before portrait sessions is this: because they are not used to having photographs taken or had a bad experience in the past, they don’t like taking photos or don’t feel like they’ll be good at it. By the time the session is over, though, most guys can’t believe how fast it went and just how much fun they had!