Tips on What to Wear for Your Engagement Photos

*I want to preface this post by saying that this is just my personal opinion on what works for engagement photos + the style of photography I shoot. By no means is this an exhaustive list or the only options that work for engagement photos. I would 100% recommend you reaching out to your photographer + asking them what they suggest/ what works well for their specific style.

One of the common questions I get from brides regarding their engagement session is “what should we wear?!” I love getting this question! I love that my clients trust me enough to invite me into their decision making process, I seriously feel so honored!

And if you’re like me your engagement photos will still be displayed in your house almost 5 years later… (they really aren’t doing a lot for me in the send esteem department seeing as I don’t look like I did in college anymore)

Having your photos taken is a really big deal! So naturally whenever you’re planning out your outfits for your engagement session or just having your photos done in general, here’s a few simple tidbits from the photographer in me:

  1. Are you comfortable in what you are wearing?

    Hands down, number one rule! I’ll say it louder for the people in the back.. ARE YOU COMFORTABLE WITH WHAT YOU ARE WEARING?!? If you’re comfortable in how you look in an outfit BEFORE your step in front of the camera, that confidence will carry over to IN FRONT of the camera too. P.s. Making sure you are comfortable also means that you can actually MOVE in the outfit you are wearing… just fyi!

  2. Try sticking to neutral, earthy tones.

    Neutral tones are so much easier to coordinate with too!

*Neutral Outfit Color Guide by A Pair and a Spare*

*Neutral Outfit Color Guide by A Pair and a Spare*

Of course there will always be exceptions to this rule. Check out these #LMPBRIDES that totally went out of the norm by adding in pops of color + totally killed their sessions!

Allison’s shirt was 100% the opposite of neutral + earthy tones, but it TOTALLY WORKED for their session and paired so nicely with Tregan’s pale blue button down. You can see more from their wedding  here.

Allison’s shirt was 100% the opposite of neutral + earthy tones, but it TOTALLY WORKED for their session and paired so nicely with Tregan’s pale blue button down. You can see more from their wedding here.

  • 3. Don’t be afraid of patterns.

    I am not one to shy away from my couples wearing patterns…. IF it is done correctly. Just remember that if you are wearing a pattern, then your significant other should be wearing a solid or vice versa. Your goal here is so complement each other without being too “matchy matchy”

    Here’s a couple examples from real #LMPBRIDES:

And last but not least….

4. Playing dress up is never a BAD IDEA!

Your engagement session is a big deal! It marks a significant time in your life + I mean when are you going to get to do have another engagement session?!?! (Well let’s hope never!) I always recommend my couples bring 2 outfits and no more - one more casual outfit + one dressy outfit.

And of course you know I have some dressy outfit examples:

There you have it folks! I hope you found this helpful for you planning your own engagement session or your own session. I fully believe these tips go with ANY type of session you are planning, not just your engagement session.

Of course if you need more inspiration, here’s the link to my Outfit Inspo Pinterest board I send to all my client in their “What to Expect at their Engagement Session” inspired by the incredible Dawn Charles.