Your session is coming up and you have NO. IDEA. what to wear for engagement photos! This is usually the hardest part before getting in front of the camera, so here are my top 10 outfit tips, as well as visual inspiration from past engagement photo sessions!
These are simply my tips so if these don’t match your vision, that is okay!! I hope they at least help inspire you to find what matches your vibe for the engagement photos you’re dreaming of. Keep scrolling to dive in!
First and foremost, before you read anything else, I encourage you to wear something you will feel like yourself in, not what you think you have to wear. This blog is just a guide. I give you these tips from my photography expertise and mindset to guide you so that your photos are the best they can be. But more than anything, I encourage you to wear something you know you will love! Feeling confident is 100% the first step in figuring out what you will wear.
My shooting style includes a lot of movement, piggyback rides, getting picked up, playing slingshot, and more so I highly recommend wearing something that can move with you and won’t expose you! If you are going to wear a dress, consider a midi or maxi dress. In every engagement session, I welcome you to bring a second outfit that’s more casual (like overalls, a jumpsuit, or jeans) to have both vibes! Some photographers will charge more for this, but I include it as an option because I want you to get the most out of your photos!
Wear something that makes sense for the location and terrain. For example, I wouldn’t recommend high heels if we’re doing a more adventurous session. However, if we will be walking on steady ground, rock those heels, girl! Another example would be avoiding the color green due to being surrounded by greenery/trees. The goal is to choose an outfit that helps you stand out naturally and not blend in.
For your color palette, I encourage you to choose warm tones like these above. Neutral, warm, + earthy tones photograph really well and fit my editing style so seamlessly. Try to avoid colors that are bright (i.e. neons), bold, or distracting. However, sometimes an accent color either on accessories or one layer of clothing can complement your photos so nicely! Dark colors always give a slimming effect and they don’t show sweat so this is especially great to think about for a summer session.
When choosing your color palette, you can also consider going with tones that are similar to your wedding colors. In the end, this will be very complementary to a cohesive gallery and for displaying your engagement photos in your guest book on your big day!
If you’re wanting to wear a pattern, this can truly be a nice accent! I encourage you to stay away from any bold or distracting patterns and go for more of a minimal, smaller pattern. Plaid can be distracting, so I’d recommend the statement piece being something like floral, a simple animal print, or vertical stripes. Having texture on a jacket, skirt, sweater, shirt, or your hat can add depth to your photos! If you ever wonder if a pattern or texture will photograph well, just contact me!
One thing I love to do is take the outfit you’ve chosen and make a color palette out of it! I do this in Canva, my favorite graphic design software, so send me a picture of your outfit and I’ll work my magic! Having a color palette will help find the colors for your man that coordinate best with your chosen outfit. I would definitely avoid being too matchy-matchy and instead coordinate around your statement piece with complimentary colors.
I would advise you to steer clear of any and all logos.
Depending on the season, I encourage accessories like stylish wide-brimmed hats, scarves, jackets, denim jackets, shawls, belts, bracelets, special sentiments, earrings, etc. All of these things can bring great visual interest!
Guys, you thought I was going to leave you hanging?! Heck no! A couple of ideas for you would be to wear a denim jacket, casual fitted jeans, a button-up patterned shirt, and/or closed-toe shoes. Nice boots (not country boots, okay?) always photograph really well, no matter the season. I do not recommend tennis shoes, shorts, or baseball hats. If you like stylish hats, feel free to bring one along as that can add a lot to your outfit as well.
I am always encouraging my couples to see their engagement session day as a date day. Do something that makes the two of you happy – like going on a hike before getting ready, going on a dinner date after your engagement photos, or simply reflecting on your relationship throughout the day.
Your connection is what makes your photos stand out – not necessarily the outfit you’re wearing. So take time to connect and leave it to me to capture every moment. If you’re looking for an engagement or wedding photographer, I would be honored to talk with you about locations, timeframe, and more!