What To Wear for Engagement Pictures.


Photography – What to Wear:

Engagement sessions are one of my favorite things about being a photographer. It’s an opportunity for me to get to know a couple, to participate in the joy and the excitement of their year and just have a good time with them before the wedding. It’s also so helpful to every couple I photograph because (unless you’re a celebrity and used to having a camera in your face), most people are a little camera shy.

I frequently get asked “what should I wear for our engagement session?” – so Lora and I came up with a few suggestions:


Dress on the same scale.

  • If he’s wearing a tux, a bohemian dress with torn off sleeves might not be the best option.

  • If you are an upscale fashionista, help your love find an outfit that matches your level of dressiness.

  • Outfit changes are always welcome – so maybe have one outfit that’s pretty casual and fun, and one that’s a touch more dressy and nice.

Material is key.

  • A silk chiffon dress or something loose and romantic, is always a great option for her and some rag and bone denim and played down dress shirt is great for a guy.

  • Lora says to avoid too tight-fitting clothes that might accentuate curves you’re not best friends with.

  • Jersey material, while comfortable, is a cruel creator of undesirable curve showing, especially when pregnant (for maternity what to wear).

  • Think about the time of year and location – ie, if it’s freezing outside – shorts and a tank top might not be ideal. Scarves and blankets can be great during the winter months, and add a little interest and details to the photos.

  • If you have some super-awesome heels you want to wear, but you’ll be walking in sand…. try bringing flip-flops and just wearing the shoes for the actual shot.

Complement Each Other.

  • Yes, compliment, too – but really, wear clothes that are complementary.

  • If you both want to wear red, or orange, or green, try wearing varying hues or shades.

  • Avoid the “we have to match!” mentality, unless you’re just married to the same outfit. In which case – embrace and smile!

Splurge for Sass + Hire a hair and make-up artist. 

  • There’s nothing quite like a brand new dress to bring out the fun for a photograph. I love the idea of having a “never been seen” outfit just for those special pictures.

  • Engagement photos are some of the only professional pictures you will have not in your wedding duds, so I highly recommend hiring someone to do your hair and make-up. Get a good referral, or check out Once Wed + Style Me Pretty and other favorite wedding blogs for a list of preferred vendors in your area.. to see who’s been featured to get a sense of their style and aesthetic. 


  • Yes, like smile and laugh and flirt. You’re getting married! It’s joyous.

  • Show your colors. My job is to capture you both totally in love and totally excited for the big day.


16 thoughts on “What To Wear for Engagement Pictures.

  1. Totally agree on being comfortable. Your pictures always seem to capture the couple feeling comfortable, even if they didn’t make the best wardrobe choice! I love the top photo.

  2. I laughed when I read “I have to lay down to button these jeans” ! But the “Be you!” was my favorite. That is why all your photo sessions are so special and unique.

  3. The Splurge for Sass header and underlying suggestions were my favorite part of this post. When my husband and I took our photos, I incorporated a hat that, to this day, I have never worn again. If you know me, you know this is unacceptable. But this was one exception for sure. Perhaps your “never been seen” item is a dress, a pair of shoes, vest, belt, or hat. Perhaps it’s something you may never wear again, but is totally your style. Even if this is the case, I say go for it. (And maybe borrow from a friend’s closet instead of buy. This way, you can save the money you would have spent for your “never been seen” on that post-session date.) Happy engagement outfit shooting!

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