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 or tulle skirt but 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 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!


TIPS for HER: Choosing Colors


Your outfit colours are very important for the general look of the photos you'd like to have! Think "interesting textures", "lace", "feathers, "muted tones", "no patterns" for the most sophisticated look for Paris.


Select lighter tones and more muted shades for a more light and airy look of your photos. 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 colour palette fits beautifully into almost all natural outdoor environments. By avoiding ultra-bright, bold colours, it will also help bring all the attention to your faces and let the eye focus on the way you feel about each other. 


Ideal Parisian casual outfit: beige trench/coats, little black/grey/white dress for ladies and beige/grey cardigan with a white shirt and light coloured pants for men. 


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


If you are thinking about wearing dark and moody colours, expect your photos to be less airy and more moody. You can see an exemple here. So please do not wear a dark suit + dark shirt + dark dress if you are looking for light and airy look of your photos.


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


TIPS for HER: Flattering Your Features


Choosing flattering silhouettes and colours that compliment your natural features is the best way to ensure you’ll love the way you look in your photos. Choose your right size: if the dress is too tight for you, it won't be flattering.


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!


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.


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 clients’ 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 - it won't be that strong on your photos! 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/husband/boyfriend doesn’t have one, now’s the perfect time to invest in something he’ll wear for the rest of his life! 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,.


The bottom button should NEVER be fastened.


Always REMOVE the stitching on the vents and the label on the left sleeve before wearing a new suit, no matter how expensive was the brand. Keeping it is an absolute fashion "faux pas".


TIPS for HIM: It’s All in the Details


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 coloured pants work best.

Brown leather dress shoes compliment almost every look, whether he’s wearing a full suit or a blazer and coloured pants.


Ties, bowties, pocket squares, nice 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 colour palettes coordinate, but don’t necessarily “match”.


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.


Please pay attention to HIS socks - they will be visible at some point of the photo session (eg., during sitting poses), so be careful with your choice and keep it stylish or classic.


Order a nice bouquet or flower crown. Flowers add a romantic touch and complete your look and general styling of the photoshoot. They also keep your hands busy, if you don't know what to do with your hands (thought I will guide you anyway).

- Some of my favourites are by Needle & Thread and Asos usually has a great selection of those: check here.

- Marchesa Notte here

Asos Design and Asos Editions have some affordable options for wedding and engagement dresses too: here.

- BHLDN has a great collection of both wedding and special occasion dresses here