Engagement session style guide

What to wear for your Paris photo session?

You booked a photosession with your Paris photographer - Daria Lorman? Congratulations! Let's take the best out of it!

TIPS for HER: Dress It Up

 

Have you thought about rocking a red carpet dress, sequined gown, tulle skirt or flower crown but just never had an occasion for it? There is no such thing as “too dressed up” when it comes to your photo session in Paris, so don’t be afraid to do it!

 

Quick Tip: Check BHLDN for some fabulous dresses or ASOS for a less expensive options

 

TIPS for HER: Say Yes to the Dress

 

Long, flowy dresses and skirts look amazing on camera because they bring extra movement to the photos. Cute, shorter-length dresses photograph beautifully as well. Dresses and skirts tend to look most stunning on camera because they really flatter the female body — which is probably why the red carpet is always full of so many dresses and not very many pantsuits! I recommend avoiding pants and shorts for your session, and saying yes to a dress or two.

 

If you want to bring two “wow” dresses, give yourself permission to do it! The camera loves runway-esque apparel and so do I! Remember, though, you don’t have to bring two looks if it’s too stressful or you’d rather just stick to one fabulous look. So, one or two? It’s really up to you!

 

TIPS for HER: Choosing Colors

 

When choosing colors for your outfits, select lighter tones and more muted shades. By avoiding ultra-bright, bold colors, it will help bring all the attention to your faces and let the eye focus on the way you feel about each other. The camera loves shades of soft pink and muted blues, mixed with sophisticated light neutrals like heather gray, creams, leather brown and white. That softer color palette fits beautifully into almost all natural outdoor environments.

Otherwise you can take this as an opportunity to wear something vivid: for exemple, a deep fuschia dress or gold sequins skirt paired with a black top.

If you’re wearing a pattern, make sure it’s not overwhelming or distracting.

 

TIPS for HER: Flattering Your Features

 

Choosing flattering silhouettes and colors that compliment your natural features is the best way to ensure you’ll love the way you look in your photos. Three-quarter length sleeves create an awesome slimming effect on all arms, so be on the lookout for an option with a longer length sleeve. You could also bring a cute jacket, blazer or cardigan along, too. Skinny straps or strapless dresses have the opposite effect on arms on camera, so we recommend avoiding those whenever possible if your goal is a set of slimmer-looking arms.

 

Heels elongate women’s legs, making them look fabulous. Closed-toes heels in particular look great on camera because they carry out the line of your leg all the way down to your toe. If your toes are showing in a peep-toe heel, you might want to schedule a pedicure before your session so you don’t regret letting your feet show. These little tricks make all the difference!

 

Quick Tip: Bring a pair of flats to wear when moving from place to place. Your feet will thank you later.

 

TIPS for HER: Hair & Makeup - Go Pro

 

Professional hair and makeup is on the top of most of my brides’ checklists because it looks amazing and removes the stress of getting ready on your own. Professional hair and makeup will give you an extra boost of confidence in front of the camera. If you feel like your makeup is “too much” at first, since it’s more than you would wear on a normal day, don’t worry! Good makeup artists know how to get it just right for the camera — and my brides always love the final result. If you need a recommendation for hair and makeup, I work with the best in the business and have a go-to team! Just let me know and I’ll send you their information.

TIPS for HIM: Well-tailored suit

 

If your groom doesn’t have one, now’s the perfect time to invest in something he’ll wear for the rest of his life! The best part? It’s a lot less expensive than you might think! Solid shades of gray or navy are a strong compliment to most women’s outfits, whereas pinstripes or plaid patterns tend to distract the eye.

 

TIPS for HIM: It’s All in the Details

 

Long pants and closed-toed shoes are the most sophisticated and masculine looks for men. It’s best to leave shorts, sandals and jeans at home. Suit pants, dress pants or colored pants work best. Brown leather dress shoes compliment almost every look, whether he’s wearing a full suit or a blazer and colored pants. Ties, bowties, pocket squares, colored socks, belts, tie clips, suspenders, vests and watches are sharp compliments to any suit. You can still mix and match accessories to compliment different dresses without doing a full change. 

 

TIPS for BOTH: Coordinating the Looks

 

As you’re coordinating your outfit with your partner, keep in mind that your outfits will look best on camera when the color palettes coordinate, but don’t necessarily “match”.  You can to wear a different dominant color, but stay within a similar color palette. 

 

Last, but not least: Pay attention to the details and add flowers

 

Small details can make your photo session awesome or average! So don't forget to get your nails done. Clean your ring if it's an engagement session. And order a nice bouquet or flower crown. Flowers add a romantic touch and complete your look and general styling of the photoshoot.

Say yes to the dress!

Choose the color that flatters your skin tone! Plain is preferable to patterns.

Heels make you look fabulous! 

Go Pro with your hair and make up

There’s no substitute for a well-tailored suit!