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What to Wear for your Engagement Shoot

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One of the most frequent questions I get asked as a photographer is “What should we wear to our engagement shoot?” I want to walk you through some ideas, break them down a little bit, and take the headache out of this question.

Let these images reflect who you are

I always tell my clients first and foremost to let the engagement photos represent who they are day-to-day in an elevated way. If you’re not a suit and tie person, don’t wear a suit and tie. If you LOVE getting glam, then get glam. Make sure you authentically represent yourself. This honest representation of who you are will be such a nice compliment to your wedding collection when you are dressed to perfection.

Tips

1) Don’t match outfits, coordinate them. Find a color scheme, or a couple of colors that complement each other well, and run with it. Try not to wear the exact same color tops or bottoms as that could become distracting in the photos.

2) Use layers to change up an outfit. I’ve seen some cool vintage fur-collared coats worn over dresses and then the coat can be removed for some shots. Cardigans and suit jackets can be used in the same way.

2) Watch for bra straps. If you have a strappy dress and the bra will barely fit under it, wear a strapless bra.

3) Does your outfit make sense for where we’re shooting? A suit and tie and a pantsuit will look stunning with a city backdrop, but might not make as much sense in a park or garden setting.

4) Avoid fine patterns. These can cause what’s called the Moiré effect and can ruin photos pretty easily. The camera has trouble reading intricate patterns and can end up blurring them together.

5) Avoid logos. Solid pieces work well. Add in an accessory or one article of clothing for a pop of color. I’m a huge fan of bright and bold, so don’t feel limited to neutrals.

6) The camera makes makeup less apparent, so add a little more than you normally would. I promise you you’ll still look like yourself in the photos!

Outfit Inspiration

high-end downtown

dressy engagement outfit

1. Women’s Sleeveless Dress
2. Pearl Hoop Earrings
3. Women’s Low Heel Sandals
4. Men’s Wool Coat
5. Men’s Straight Pant
6. Men’s Oxford Shoes
7. Cotton Skinny Tie

sun-kissed garden

what to wear garden engagement shoot

1. Off The Shoulder Dress
2. Bee Dangle Earrings
3. Bumblebee Bracelet
4. Bow Knot Sandals
5. Men’s Linen Jacket
6. Floral Tie
7. Men’s Skinny Pants
8. Men’s Canvas Shoes

cozy fall

fall engagement shoot outfit

1. Women’s Satin Skirt
2. Women’s V-Neck Shirt
3. Floral Dangle Earrings
4. Stack Bead Bracelets
5. Women’s Ankle Boots
6. Men’s Flannel Shirt
7. Men’s Denim

casual everyday

casual engagement shoot outfit

1. Women’s Off The Shoulder Top
2. Women’s Ankle Boot
3. Gold Geometric Earrings
4. Skinny Denim Pants
5. Men’s Button Up Shirt
6. Men’s Khaki Pants
7. Men’s Addidas Shoes

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One thought on “What to Wear for your Engagement Shoot

  1. Tony Volkas

    Thank you for the tips! Oh I think that it is important to show “the real you” when it comes to this kind of photoset, because this is actually how your partner sees you and accepts you in any of your ways. Keeping things authentical for both of you is a pure honesty and I am sure it will be reflected in the pics. But besides that, it is also important to show your real emotions or don’t be afraid to show them, because genuine emotions and moments can create a more meaningful and honest representation of your relationship.

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