Engagement Photo Session – How to Plan What to Wear

These days, the engagement photo session is just as important as the wedding day photos! They serve as a reminder of those special days before wedded bliss and will be cherished just as much as the photos you’ll put in your wedding album. You might even use them on invitations and save-the-dates. Needless to say, how you and your fiance dress for your engagement photo session plays a big part in the outcome of your images.

What to wear when taking enagement photos

Photo by: Elias Kordelakos Photography

What to Wear for Engagement Photo Session? It Doesn’t Need to be Challenging

What to wear to an engagement photo session might not be the first thing on your mind, and in fact, many couples don’t even think about it until the day of and find themselves scrambling for the perfect outfit. Don’t let that happen! What you wear and how you compliment each other makes all the difference. To help you figure out the best way to dress for your engagement photo session, we’ve put together this list of tips.

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Photo by: Briana and Brian Macon Photography

Be Yourself

Your engagement photo session is a chance for you to express your personality through your clothes. You don’t have to dress up if you don’t want to and you certainly don’t have to choose an outfit you saw someone else wear in her engagement photos. Ask yourself what you feel confident and comfortable in. Look through your closet and pick out your favorite pieces. Ask your fiance what outfits he or she loves seeing you wear and vice versa. It’s all about your personal style, even if that means donning a pair of jeans and a vintage tee. When you feel confident, it will shine through your photos.

 

Ideas on what to wear when posing for engagement photos
Photo by: Carter and Cook

Be Comfortable

Just as you’ll want to choose a confidence-boosting outfit, you’ll also want to choose something that’s comfortable to move around in. This is especially true for shoes. Your favorite pair of heels might look beautiful, but can you walk around in them all day? If you do want to wear heels, bring a pair of flats to slip on between photo locations. When it comes to the actual outfit, think about what kind of poses you might be in and if you’ll be able to achieve those poses comfortably in what you’re wearing. Can you jump in a tight-fitting pair of jeans? Will you have to constantly adjust your dress straps? Will the tie be flapping in the breeze? Keep these things in mind when choosing your outfit and accessories and you’re sure to be at your most comfortable during the long hours of your engagement photo session.

Cute idea for a trendy engagement photo
Photo by: Katherine Ashdown Photography

Complement Each Other

It might sound cutesy to wear matching outfits, but if you don’t do it in real life, don’t do it for your engagement photo session. It’s better to choose outfits that complement each other, either in color or pattern. Focus on one color (the blue in her bracelet to match his blue shirt) or play on pattern (her red and white striped sweater to complement his red socks). Then again, you don’t necessarily have to wear any of the same colors for the outfits to complement one another. As long as there are no clashing colors and patterns, you’re golden.

 

Country engagement photo shoot
Photo by: Maria Hibbs Photography

Use Your Surroundings

 

The locations you’ll be shooting in will help you plan your outfits accordingly. A forest full of greenery calls for an outfit in a bold complementary color, like red. A sundress in a single color would work best in a field of flowers. Jeans and a t-shirt would look great at a park or stadium. Cocktail attire would work well in a downtown scene. Think about the places you’ll be shooting, the colors, textures, and atmosphere, and what outfits will best suit the setting elements.

Engagement photo ideas

Photo by: Brett Alison Photography

Bring Two Outfits

Not sure whether you should go with the casual outfit or a more formal look? Bring both. Changing up your outfit during the shoot will give your photos variety. And if you’d like to wear only one outfit during the session, but not sure which one will work best, bring two options and ask the photographer for her opinion. She’ll be able to tell you which will look great on camera.

 

New York City engagement photo shoot ideas
Photo by: Maria Hibbs Photograph

Consider the Season

Just as you’ll want to take note of the location, you’ll also want to keep in mind the weather when picking out your clothes. Check the weather forecast a day before your shoot and also the morning of, just in case. You can ask your photographer which kind of outfits look best in the season’s setting. Don’t be afraid to dress in bold colors during winter or neutral tones in the spring. Have fun with your season’s clothing: jackets and scarves in fun colors and patterns are anything but boring, and more subdued-colored outfits with pops of colorful accessories look fresh and beautiful in spring and summer.

Engagement photo shoot prop ideas
Photo by: 2Brides Photography

Use Props

People generally aren’t used to posing in front of the camera, which can make for awkward body movements, especially when it comes to arms and hands. Using a prop, like holding a hat or sign, can help couples warm up to the camera. They also make for great photos! Consider bringing your furry friend into the mix or a prop that symbolizes something that both of you love, like golf clubs or fishing poles.


Most of all, have fun! Picking out your outfits shouldn’t be just another stressful thing on your to-do list. At the end of the day, if you’re choose something you’re comfortable and confident in, you’ll look great in the photos.
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