What to Wear To An Engagement Session

First of all – CONGRATULATIONS on your engagement!! This is the very beginning of a whole new chapter in your life and I am SO STOKED for you!  

I know you suddenly have a lot to think about (hello wedding blogs!), but I want to help make sure your engagement photo style isn’t something that stresses you out. I’ve created this guide to help you choose outfits you’ll LOVE to look at for years to come!

Now, I can help you with my professional opinion and experience about what looks great on camera, but I really want you to be both yourself and comfortable for your shoot. So, take these tips with a grain of salt and remember to stay true to you. Feel free to contact me with any questions if you have an engagement session with me! I love helping with style choices.

Let’s start with colors. The colors that tend to look best on camera in natural settings are light neutrals; that’s your beiges, light grays, and whites. I’m not saying you can’t have your pop of color! But consider having light neutrals be the main base of your outfit scheme for the two of you.

 

Their color palettes match without being exactly the same.

Their color palettes match without being exactly the same.

The reason I suggest light neutral colors is because they are the most flattering to your skin when it comes to photography. Sure, you may rock a hot pink dress – but it tends to cast hot pink light on your face which isn’t always a good look! A hot pink skirt with a white top, or a light gray outfit with hot pink shoes or belt would be better to get your color in while still flattering your beautiful faces!

Be careful with patterns on your clothes – sometimes really small patterns (like teeny weeny polka dots) can cause your eyes to “vibrate” and kind of hurt when you look at the photos. If you’re going to wear a pattern, I suggest big and bold ones like florals.

Big patterns look great on camera!

Big patterns look great on camera!

As for silhouettes, you’ll want to wear something you naturally feel comfortable in. If you’re the kind of person to wear a skirt or a dress, now is definitely the time to do it. Dresses give a very feminine, flattering silhouette. Flowy skirts also make for really cool twirling photos!

Nice fitting slacks and crisp button-up shirts also look super sharp for photos and tend to be really flattering. Layering up with shirts, jackets, or vests adds visual interest and is a really nice touch.

Don’t forget to accessorize – the accessories make the shoot all the more editorial and fashionable. Accessories include things like stylish shoes, rings, painted toe and fingernails, necklaces, watches, and bowties.

Accessories can add special meaning or tie the look together.

Accessories can add special meaning or tie the look together.

Now let’s talk about bringing it all together. You two should go together, but not necessarily match. What I mean is – you both don’t have to wear navy bottoms and white tops. Instead, consider one person wearing navy and white and maybe the other wears white and light gray with navy accessories. That way you two will mesh and not clash without looking like twins!

Lastly, you may want to consider bringing props to your engagement session like a bicycle, fresh flowers, or a blanket to sit on in the grass. These items can spruce up your session and make it look even more editorial and stylish. Props can be things that are meaningful to the two of you. If you are unsure, consult your photographer before your shoot.

Props (like her hat) are great additions to a photo session and add variety and interest to the shots.

Props (like her hat) are great additions to a photo session and add variety and interest to the shots.

And that’s it! If you stick to these principles, your photos are sure to come out lovely, fresh, and gorgeous. You’re going to look amazing!