What to Wear for an Engagement Session!

One of the questions that we get asked the most is what to wear for engagement sessions! Here's some advice:

Be You!

  • You are the subject matter of the photos, so you want to wear something that reflects who you are and what you love. 
  • Wear something you know you look good in, something you feel good in.
  • If you LOVE a specific color, wear that! Dark colors are especially slimming.
  • Don't be afraid of patterns, florals or bright colors but it is best to stay away from very small or busy patterns. Think of patterns as an accent and the bigger the better.  If you are going to wear a pattern, have your partner wear a more neutral tone to balance it out.
  • Avoid feeling like you have to "match" unless you are really devoted to the same outfit, in which case, embrace it!
  • We LOVE color! So when in doubt, go colorful! But also think about how you want to use your engagement pictures.  Save the dates?  Centerpieces?  Sign-In Book?  It may be a good idea to coordinate with your wedding day colors.
  • Accessorize! A statement necklace, hat, a scarf, a belt, it will all add so much visual interest and it is a great way to show some more personality.  For the guys (or the girls), layers can also be considered an accessory.  Start with your base layer of clothing and then add layers of texture and/or accessories.  Oh! And don’t forget shoes are an awesome accessory too!
  • Props can be a fun way to also express your personality and interests! Do you play instruments? Do you love picnics, flowers, your iPhones, balloons? Cycling? Bring what you love and we'll incorporate it into the session!
  • I also provide my own props! See a list here. Want to add florals to your session? We do that too (for a fee)! See here!

Comfort is Important

  • Don't wear super tight clothes, they might accentuate curves that you are't thrilled with. 
  • Think about the time of year and the location of the shoot, so if it is cold outside, a short skirt and tank top may not be ideal.
  • If you have some amazing heels you want to wear, but we'll be walking a ways, try bringing another pair of shoes and just wearing the heels for the actual shooting.
  • Beach = No Shoes! So be prepared for that! :)


  • There is nothing like having new clothes just for a photography session! I love the idea of having "never before seen" clothes for a special shoot.
  • Get your hair and make-up done! This is a great time to have your trial done for your wedding.  Get your nails done too! Treat yourself! It's a fun time to splurge on yourself and you will feel so confident and beautiful which will show in your pictures!
  • And once you are all dressed up, it is a great excuse for a date night!

Dress on the Same Scale!

  • If one partner is wearing a formal dress, the other shouldn't be wearing torn jeans and a t-shirt. 
  • Outfit changes are totally welcome! As long as we are at a location where changing clothes will be easily an option and the session is scheduled to be longer than an hour.
  • For romantic images, think a flowy dress. I love photographing the movement in a light airy dress. In general, dresses are usually very flattering whether short, long, or medium!
  • If you want to dress to a certain scheme or theme, make sure you find your mate a suitable outfit to compliment yours.
Be yourself and happy outfit hunting!


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