What to wear to your engagement session

what to wear to your engagement session blog post

Have you ever wondered what to wear to your engagement session?  Well, hopefully if you have this post will give you a few ideas of what you should wear.  🙂

Before we dive into what to wear, let’s first talk about some ways you could use your engagement photos.

  • Traditionally couples would send a photo to the newspapewedding guest photo book for blog post about what to wear to your engagement sessionr along with their engagement announcement, and some still do.
  • You could use your engagement photos for engagement announcements or “save the date” cards that you mail out to friends and family.
  • Engagement photos can also be made into a photo book with extra blank pages
    throughout for your wedding guests to sign as they arrive to your wedding.  How much more personal would that be that a standard guest book with lined pages??
  • Of course the obvious way to use your engagement photos is to show off – I mean share your happy news on social media.  😉

Now let’s talk about what to wear to your engagement session

I think that your engagement photos should show your personality as a couple first and foremost.  If you are having a Star Wars themed wedding for instance, and you wear formal clothes to your shoot, then there could be a real disconnect between your engagement photos and your wedding day.  However, if you frequently get dressed up for a night on the town and are having a formal wedding, then getting all fancy for your engagement shoot might make sense!

Haven engagement sessionConsider what you will be using these photos for and plan your outfits and location accordingly.  If you will be printing these photos to hang in your living room, think about the colors in that room.  If you take a little time to coordinate the colors of your clothes with the room the photos will hang in, they will look like they belong and the whole room will have a more cohesive look.

Pay attention to patterns.  Patterns in clothing can be good as they add texture and interest to a photo, but consider only one person having a pattern and the other wearing a solid color.  The goal is to have your clothing compliment you as a couple and the image overall.

Muted tones look nice especially in a nature setting.  Imagine a hot pink shirt in a soft field of grass or wildflowers.  While not atrocious, there are definitely better choices.  This also helps you two be the subject, not your clothes.

Make sure your clothes are cleaned and pressed.  This will help your photos look great and will help you feel relaxed in front of the camera.  Body language can speak volumes, and being self conscious because you know you have a spot on your clothes will come across in your photos.  Please don’t ask you photographer, “you can just photoshop that out, right?”.  That kind of editing requires extensive time and will cost you extra.  I don’t know about you but if I can avoid extra unnecessary expenses {especially for something avoidable} I am a happy girl.  🙂

Also make sure what you’re wearing fits well.  If you have clothes on that are too tight or too loose, you won’t be as comfortable in those and that will be noticeable in your photos.  Choose clothes that fit correctly and flow nicely with your movement, especially for women.

Choose a top with sleeves at least to the elbow because your arms take up more skin area than your face and will draw attention and it may also make your arms look larger.

If you want your clothes to stay on trend with current popular colors, visit the Pantone website to see what is trending currently.  Here I’ve linked the Spring/Summer 2021 colors.  I’ll do my best to keep this link updated as the seasons change.  🙂

To give you some visual examples, here is a board I have on Pinterest with ideas of colors, textures and patterns to look for when choosing your outfits.  I’m happy to give help via text if you have ideas you’d like to text to me before our photo shoot so that’s always an option as well.  🙂 

Extra tips for your engagement shoot:

makeup by Carrie Etherington at Anima BellaConsider having your hair and makeup professionally done for your engagement shoot.  Makeup for photos is different than regular makeup and you could end up looking washed out with your normal everyday makeup.  If you’re planning on having your makeup done by a pro on your wedding day, this can be a great opportunity to have your test run for your makeup.

If getting a new haircut, make your appointment at least 2 weeks prior to your session. Fresh hair cuts rarely look their best the same or next day. Ladies need time to practice working it, men need it to grow out just a little. Allow some time to live with your new look before your engagement session.

Dillon Nature Center couples photo sessionThink of places that are special to you as a couple for session locations.  If you met in a coffee shop and frequent that same place on Saturday mornings, how fun would it be to have some of your photos taken there!  What activities do you love to do as a couple?  Think about that and inspiration may strike for the perfect locations to have your engagement photos taken.

Has this helped…have any extra tips?  Leave them in the comments!  🙂 I sure hope that you have a better idea now of what to wear to your engagement session.

This is a fun and exciting time, and you can create awesome memories of your first real photos together as a couple with your engagement session photos.  I hope you have an amazing session!

If you’d like to chat about your wedding or want more information about having me photograph your wedding, fill out the form below & I’ll be in touch soon!  🙂


{post updated 1/20/21 with new links and photos}

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