I love talking engagement (or pre-weddings) with my clients. So many fund elements to decide. But the second I ask ‘what are you going to wear to the session?’ I’m typically met with blank faces. This may seem like an odd question to ask but what you wear really effects your photos. I mean, unless your taking photos for your Christmas card, Pj’s probably aren’t the look you want for engagement photos.

Amiright?

Simply put, color and style make a huge difference! Always stick with 2 to 3 main colors the most, try to stay with soft/neutral color, and make sure your wardrobe style matches!  So let’s jump into the topic on what you should wear to your own engagement photo shoot!

casual look of white shirt and light pants for your engagement photoshoot

IF YOU’RE WEARING PANTS TO YOUR ENGAGEMENT PHOTOSHOOT

Depending on your personality, this could really vary. But I always suggest my clients check out fashion magazines that align with their style, like GQ or DapperQ.

THE CASUAL LOOK

You can’t go wrong with a white shirt, light jeans and going barefoot. Not to mention it’s a perfect look for the beach.

THE SEMI-CASUAL LOOK

For most locations (botanical garden, european building, park, etc.) a semi-custom look is perfect for your engagement photoshoot. I really suggest a bright color plaid shirt, dark jeans and a nice pair of boots.

THE FORMAL LOOK

Now if you’re going all out for your engagement shoot and having it at mansions, chateau, gardens, (or any place that exudes style and elegance) then a suit and tie would be a definite must! You want what you’re wearing to match the venue and help you achieve your #engagementphotogoals.

elegant formal look for your engagement photoshoot

IF YOU’RE WEARING A DRESS TO YOUR ENGAGEMENT PHOTOSHOOT

THE CASUAL LOOK

For shoots on the beach, or if your trying to keep it totally casual a bright color tank top dress (knee-length or maxi) is a perfect look.

THE SEMI-CUSTOM LOOK

Think about what you would have wear for a date that ends up at an expensive restaurant: high heels, fitted dress and earrings or a necklace.

Yup, that’s the look!

THE FORMAL LOOK

Think about a gala or walking the red carpet. That’s what you’re aiming for! Stick with solid bright colors such as light purple, pink, white, yellow, or light blue. I highly recommend emerald green. You will look so classy and stun everybody who looks at your pictures!

Don’t forget Remember to color match with your partner too! Avoid Christmas colors (red and green) that will have you looking more norht pole, than anything else.

WHAT NOT TO WEAR TO YOUR ENGAGEMENT PHOTOSHOOT

NO CRAZY PATTERNS

I don’t recommend people go for complicated patterns because it’s really asking for professional help to do it right. Unless you have a stylist friend who can jump in and help you pick out the best outfit, otherwise I really don’t recommend this at all.

AVOID COMPLEMENTARY COLORS

If you look at a color wheel (sorry, the art teacher in me is popping out), complementary colors are colors that are opposite of each other on a color wheel. Your photos will tend to just look wonky instead of gorgeous. To help your figure out some good colors check out this color wheel tool.

MIXING STYLES SHOULD BE AVOIDED

Let’s say you aim for modern & chic, so you have a nice fitted shirt on and dark pants on but your shoes do not match the look (i.e. you have sandals on). If you can, always take a snapshot of your potential outfits and double-check with the photographer. The last thing you want to do is show up mixing styles that won’t achieve your #engagementphotogoals.

KEEP THE BLING TO A MINIMUM

I know it’s exciting and happy moment for you to take gorgeous engagement photos with your partner, but remember less is more. Try to avoid piling yourself with tons of accessories. You do want to show off that engagement ring right? So don’t pile on extra accessories.  Putting on a nice necklace or stud earrings are fine.

KEEPING YOUR FEET HAPPY

Sometimes we need that extra height to look great with posing and in couple portraits, as a photographer, I very much appreciate the effort. However, being on high heels for 2 hours can make your feet hate you. So, make sure you have a second pair of shoes (even sandals would work) for you to switch on and off.

Botanical Garden location for pre wedding photoshoot

Extra ways to incorporate your personalities in your wedding photos

COLLECTIBLES

If you’re a huge collector of action figures, talk to your photographer and see how you folks can incorporate your collections into the engagement session!

I’ve done one at a park where the couple was very thrilled that I found a way to have them surrounded by their collections of Star War pops. Neat, right?

PETS

I’d say bringing your puppies and lovely cats over to your engagement session is a wonderful way to document you all as a family!

CLASSIC CARDS + HORSE DRAWN CARRIAGES

This definitely requires some phone calls and rental companies to help out. I’d reach out to a local planner to find such vendors who offer such services.

I hope these tips help you prepare for your engagement (or pre-wedding) photo session. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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