Deciding what to wear to your engagement photoshoot is not nearly as complicated as picking out your wedding dress but it is still something you should put some thought into. Why? Not only are your engagement photos usually the first professionally shot images you’ll have of yourself and spouse-to-be but they also get used to set the tone of your entire wedding experience. From save-the-dates to engagement announcements, your engagement photos get splattered on social media feeds and refrigerators everywhere! So today, we wanted to share our tips on what to wear to your engagement photoshoot.
Tip #1 – Bring Two Outfits
We typically advise our couples to bring two outfits to their engagement session because your outfit should make sense with the setting. So, because you can’t always anticipate the exact colors or lighting at the shoot location, it is a good idea to have a change of clothes. For example, because we nearly always shoot outside and in a more natural setting (like trails or the beach), the color of the light can have a big impact on the overall feel. That being said, we work with lots of couples who choose to wear one outfit the whole time and that totally works if they’ve picked a more neutral outfit.
Tip #2 – Be Careful with Colors
We love the depth that color ads to images but not all colors photograph well. Take the time of day and shoot location into consideration when choosing the color of your outfits. And, as a general rule of thumb, stay away from super bright colors because they are distracting (and the you and your fiancé should be the focal point of these pictures!).
Tip #3 -Don’t be too matchy-matchy
We wouldn’t guess that you and your fiancé coordinate your wardrobes on a daily basis so we don’t recommend changing your individual styles for your engagement session. Yes, you want your outfits to photograph well together but you don’t want to show up looking like it’s twin day at school. And, showing up in matching outfits is an easy mistake to make so, we suggest staying away from both wearing jeans and white shirts – or even you both wearing the same solid color for that matter. Don’t be afraid to show off your individual styles!
Tip #4 – Be Comfortable
All this being said, it’s most important to wear what you’re comfortable in! If you force yourself into an outfit that isn’t comfortable, you are not going to have fun at your engagement photoshoot. And that would be a major bummer! If you’re jeans and t-shirt kinda people, then own it. If you are more formal and are comfortable in 5 in heels and a tie, then go for it! But please don’t wear 5 inch stiletto heels to a session that is booked for a little trail hike! Our bottom line is to capture images of who you are and the excitement that comes with getting engaged!