What to Wear for Your Engagement Photos

Engagement sessions are one of my favourite moments photographing! I love how they are a great opportunity to get to know my clients and they can get to know me. Not only is it a chance for my clients to get comfortable infront of the camera before the wedding day, its also a chance for them to have fun on a photoshoot, away from the pressure of the big day!

There’s always one thing that gets in in the way of my clients excited for engagement photo session… They simply don’t know what to wear! Dont worry… I might not be able to help you dig through your wardrobe but I can offer some tips that will help you find the best outfit for your Engagement Session!

1) Most of my clients have two outfits for their engagement session. One dressy outfit and one casual outfit. The more outfits you have, the fewer portraits you’ll receive but you will have more variety in your portraits.

2) I recommend coordinating your look and wear complementary colours with your partner, but don’t try to match them. Coordinating doesn’t mean “matching”. Wearing the same colour in a different shade is actually more ideal than trying to find the EXACT colour blue! For example, I would avoid both wearing navy tops and khaki bottoms because it could potentially come across as being very uniform

3) If one of you is wearing something with a lot of colour and pattern, sometimes it’s best to have the other person wear a neutral to tone it down a bit. Embrace lots of fun colours. I would avoid black, dark colours & graphics and choose solid colours, sometimes dark colours and patterns can be distracting and take away from the importance of the photo, you!

4) Don’t over think it! Some of my favorite outfits have been when the guy is just wearing a simple coloured or white v-neck!

5) Make sure your outfits are evenly blended when it comes to formal attire. If she is wearing a little cocktail dress…. he probably shouldn’t be in shorts and canvas shoes :)

6) Don’t be afraid to be yourself and wear something that is unique to you! If you have a unique style, be sure to show it off! Some of my favorite engagement shoots have incorporated my client’s unique style!

7) If you’re wearing patterns, the bigger the better!! Larger patterns photographs better than tiny little-checkered patterns. It would be better to have a solid dress shirt than a shirt with teeny tiny patterns. The camera can’t pick those tiny patterns up from far away.

8) Accessorize! Scarves, necklaces, belts…. I love them all! Layers and accessories can add so much depth and interest to your photos. They can also turn a decent outfit into a stunning one. Make sure to bring shoes, boots, and heels! The more colourful and fun the outfit the better!
9) Wear outfits that are flattering for your figure and your skin tone. We all know that everyone has certain things that look GREAT on them and certain things that aren’t really made for them. For example… I’m so pale because of my Irish heritage. I’ve accepted it… and because of that, I know that wearing a strapless yellow dress for a portrait session is NOT IDEAL! The truth is, if you don’t like the way you look in stripes on a normal, day-to-day basis, you’re not going to love the way you look in your images. If you’re self conscious about your legs, don’t wear a mini-skirt. If you’re self-conscious about your arms, it’s probably not smart to wear a strapless top. Make sure you wear something that you’re comfortable in. Sure, I’m going to teach you how to pose in super flattering ways, but you’ll love your images so much more if you wear an outfit that you’re comfortable and CONFIDENT in!! Confidence photographs well!! ;)

10) If you want extra ROMANTIC images, consider wearing something long and FLOWY! I absolutely love photographing fabric that flows in the wind! Also, light & neutral colours allow images to appear more light and airy no matter what the weather is like!

And finally the most important suggestion I can offer is this: Be yourself and be the BEST VERSION of yourself. Elevate your outfits beyond the everyday so that you’ll have engagement photos that you’ll want to show off for years to come!