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Wedding Tips

You’ve got a closet full of clothes but you’re just not sure what to choose.

Sound familiar?

To help you out, we compiled our best tips for choosing what to wear to your engagement session!

Engagement session on North Avenue Beach in Chicago

Our Top Tips for What to Wear…

Dress it Up!


You only get your engagement photos taken once, so pick something that makes you look and feel AMAZING. Think about an outfit you’ve dreamed of wearing, but never had the occasion for it…this is your chance!

Engagement sunset portraits at the museum campus in Chicago

Colors


When choosing colors for your outfits, we recommend selecting lighter tones and more muted shades. Sometimes ultra-bright or bold colors take attention away from your faces and we want the focus to be on YOU and the way you feel about each other! Using black as a neutral adds contrast to  your photos, but can be overwhelming if incorporated into too many pieces of clothing.

Warning tip: Very small patterns or thin lines can create some strange color patterns on camera, so avoid those!

Light and airy sunset portraits in Chicagoland

Flatter Your Features


Dress to flatter your body type! A few slimming features we love for women: three-quarter length sleeves, heels with a closed toe that elongate the legs, and a flattering waistline! A few key tips for men: choose well-tailored pants and modern accessories like a belt, tie clip, pocket square or watch to keep him looking his best!

Layer  


Wearing multiple layers gives depth to your outfits. It makes it easy to change the whole look of your session by simply adding or removing a suit coat, vest (for guys), or stylish jacket.  It also gives you some natural props to work with during your session.

Modern couple engagement photo at the Wrigley building Chicago

Consider multiple looks


We usually recommend that couples choose one “WOW” outfit and a second outfit they’d feel amazing wearing out on a date!

Make sure you’re comfortable  


If you’re not comfortable in what you’re wearing, you’ll probably think you look uncomfortable in your photos. Make sure to choose outfits that make you feel like a rockstar.

Engagement session pink dress and black suit on modern marble stairs

Be yourselves!  


We could tell you exactly what to wear from head to toe, but we want you to look and feel like YOU during your session. Think about the things you wear often or your go to pieces of clothing and start there.

Engagement session on the riverwalk

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Becky Dean

I'm a co-founder and lead photographer at Pen and Lens.

Wedding photography is my heartbeat. I love capturing the interactions between the bride and her tribe as they get ready together, the look on a groom’s face when he FINALLY sees his bride for the first time, and the way a dad wraps his arms around his baby girl on her wedding day. Bride and groom portraits make my heart jump and I cry on almost every wedding day.

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