October 3, 2020

What to Wear for Engagement Shoot Photos

Congratulations! You’re engaged!

Now that you’re engaged you’re starting to think about your engagement photos and more particularly what you are going to wear to your shoot.

No need to worry, I have given you all the ideas and suggestions to pick the best outfits below.

Complement Each Other, But Don’t Match

When picking outfits, I recommend keeping in mind the word “complement” rather than “match.” For example, if the groom-to-be is wearing a blue and pink pastel plaid shirt, the bride-to-be may want to wear a long, soft blue dress. It can also be a great idea to choose “color-families,” such as pastels or jewel tones.

Wearing Neutral Tones, Pastels, & Cool Colors Photograph Best

Softer, pastel colors tend to photograph better than bright colors – especially since bright colors could reflect odd colors on your skin. If you really want to include something bright, pick one piece of accent clothing for one partner to wear and make that your *pop*. Be careful not to choose a pattern that is too small – it may accidentally make your photo look a little too busy or distract from you as people.

Choose Clothes That Flatter Your Body  

Clothing looks best when it fits properly and accentuates your assets. Wear clothes that make you feel your best and express your personal style—the more confident you feel, the better your photos will turn out.

Pear-Shaped: To show off your curves, focus on cinching the waist with an A-line silhouette that flares at the bottom.

Apple-Shaped: An A-line style with a gradual flow from the waist to the legs is always flattering. This shape is also great for a dress with texture and/or a deep V-neck.

Busty: Scoop and sweetheart necklines offer support and open up the décolletage so the focus is on the face rather than the bust.

Small Chest: Look for textured or ruched styles to create fullness in the chest area.

Plus Size: Engagement photos featuring an empire-waist dress are Martini’s go-to. They’re super flattering and emphasize the smallest portion under the bust, creating the effect of a slender silhouette from top to bottom.

Go More Formal

Stick with two outfits for your engagement session (you don’t want to overwhelm yourself). A more formal outfit and an elevated casual outfit. That doesn’t necessarily mean ripped jeans and a t-shirt, but something you may wear to a casual date night. You can’t go wrong with a suit and tie. Consider pulling out that suit you had to wear last time you were a groomsman! Layer with a blazer and a fun tie – you can even wear jeans with this look. Bowties are always a good idea.

Your Outfits Should Match Your Location

Make sure your ensembles work for the season and location of your photos – no short dresses that will fly up or loose hair that will go crazy on the beach or bare arms in the snow.

Wear More Classic Rather Than Trendy Looks 

You may love that black-and-white maxi dress now, but next year you may only picture a referee or jailbird when you see yourself in head-to-toe stripes. Wearing more classic colors, like neutral tones, and a gorgeous flowy maxi-dress. When you look back at your photos you will be so thankful that the style still looks amazing and stands the test of time.

Glam Up Before Your Session

 It is so important that you look and feel your best for your engagement photos – and if you’re planning to do a hair and makeup trial anyway, the engagement session is a great time to test how your hair and makeup look on camera. Professionally done hair and makeup last longer than typical hair and makeup. They also tend to hold up better in humidity and wind. Also, there will probably be times during your session when we’re shooting your hands holding or the engagement ring on your hand – which means it’s a good idea to clean up your nails before your session (this applies to the guys too!).

Don’t Make These Mistakes

What I wouldn’t recommend are graphic tees and crazy bold prints. Don’t mistake crazy prints for plaid and floral prints, both big and small. Florals actually look so beautiful and timeless that I highly recommend florals.

If you got to the end of this and still don’t know what to wear, I would recommend reaching out to your photographer. Part of their job is to know what will look good together. If you hired me as your photographer then by all means text me, I am there for you to look and feel your best!