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What to wear to your Engagement Session

What to wear to your Engagement Session

We have created a list of tips & tricks, as well as do’s & don’t s. When it comes to what to wear to your engagement session, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. Everyone has their own style.

I recommend going with up to two outfits, so it can showcase a more formal side of you, as well as who you are authentically when you are together. Think of this as an opportunity to show you both at your best – when life is the best, and when you dress up to impress. However, once we pass more than 2 outfits, we end up spending 15-30 minutes changing clothes during your session, which can really take away from the momentum we’ve built (or irritate our loved ones *if* photography doesn’t excite them to begin with).

A simple way to switch it up quickly is to also incorporate some layers that are easy to remove in seconds. A jacket, a scarf, a hat, and other accessories can really diversify your session – but more on that below.

Wear something Comfortable

Choosing what to wear for your engagement photos can be daunting – but it doesn’t have to be! The most important thing is to be comfortable and feel like yourself—that’s what we’re looking to capture. With that in mind, consider wearing something relaxed that you can move around in.

Wear airy, muted, earthy, or soft colors.

These colors look timeless, & flattering. If you want the focus of your photos to be on you and your partner’s love for each other and not so much your clothes, neutrals are the way to go. Wearing earthy, soft colors help keep the focus on you as your outfits blend into the landscape. Tan, beige, white and browns work great for this, but they aren’t your only options! Muted blues, greens, pinks and even black can get the job done, too.

Wear colors that compliment each other.

You might want to match outfits, and while there is nothing wrong with that, sometimes matching outfits can look dated down the line.

Instead, we suggest choosing clothes with colors or prints that complement each other as you decide what to wear for your engagement sessions.

Less is more.

Large patterns can be distracting and make you look larger than you are. Stick to solid colors or small patterns.

Be sure that you aren’t both wearing patterns either; this can be distracting. Also, logos and text on your clothing can be a little too busy and take away from the focus of the photo, which is you. So leave the branded clothing at home for this one. And finally, try to avoid anything that will date the photo quickly. You don’t want people to see your photo and think “that was taken in 2023.” So ditch the trendy clothes and go for a classic look that will stand the test of time.

The ones we love:
-Small florals or soft patterns such as strokes or swirls
-Checks: gingham, ones with fine lines or complementing colours
-Thin stripes

Ones we avoid:
-Bold stripes, florals or polka dots
-Big statement graphics
-Logos and slogans

Bring the heels!

Heels are a fabulous way to make a outfit look more or less formal.

Bring heels that you can comfortably walk in. And bring a back up pair of comfy shoes in case.


Accessories can make a outfit more formal or casual. Utilize jewelry, necklaces, earrings, rings, hair accessories, belts, shoes, hats, etc.

I also encourage you to bring along a jacket (weather depending) or something that you can easily throw on to add variety to your photos without having to completely change clothes (and keep you warm)

Things to Avoid

Spray Tans

Large logos or text on clothing

Neon clothes

Be aware of any tan lines and how they look with your chosen outfits

Some shirts with the super tiny checkered pattern on them create a “static-y” type of look on camera – feel free to send me a picture if you’re unsure! 

Yellow is a difficult color to edit for our style of photography, It doesn’t photograph well and tends to get desaturated in the final result.

Don’t only bring stiletto heels if you’re not used to wearing them and walking around – if you do, maybe also bring flip flops so you don’t murder your feet! 

Don’t wear every piece of jewelry you own. Editing your accessories will make a stronger photo! 

What to wear to your Engagement Session

Some great accessories to also bring to your Engagement Session

Special things like cute blankets or some couples accessories like matching coffee cups, a favorite beer, a bottle of champagne, a favorite sports team jersey or something that is special can really make your session “you”.

For more info on what to wear, let Pinterest inspire you!