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Engagement Photos What to Wear

I often get asked for suggestions on what to wear to an engagement photography session. So in addition to my article on places for engagement photo shoots in seattle, I thought I would add an article on what clothes to wear, along with a couple other thoughts.

Engagement sessions are a great way to get to know me. It helps out a lot on the wedding day if you already know me and my style and how I interact with the two of you. Plus if you know me, and I know you, you’ll be a lot more comfortable around me on your wedding day, and I can get images that better show your personalities and relationship.

Suggestions on what to wear:

  • Wear something you are comfortable in. If you’re not comfortable, it will show in the pictures. 2-3 outfit changes are welcomed, and they give variety to the pictures.
  • Think about layering clothing.
  • It’s best not to wear tight jeans or other clothes that are overly tight and restrict movement. Or show curves you don’t want shown.
  • Wear something you love, and make sure it’s ‘you’. It’s best not to wear something you are going to wish you didn’t wear in a few weeks.
  • A touch dressier than a normal night can be fun, just make sure it’s still you.
  • Wear clothes that are complementary in style and color. Don’t be too matchy. For example, you could both wear fall colors or both wear different shades of blue.
  • Wear clothes that are the same level of dressyness. Don’t dress up and have your fiance wear their everyday street clothes.
  • Have the clothes match the location and season for the shoot. Shorts and flip flops probably are not the best on a cold day (this goes back to being comfortable, if you are not warm it’s harder to look warm and happy)
  • Darker colors are slimming and they are also easier to photograph. But if you have something in white or off white, don’t be afraid to wear it.
  • Patterns go out of style quickly, and the background usually has enough texture that patterns can sometimes make the photos too busy.
  • Wear shoes you love.
  • Wear shoes you can comfortably walk in.  If I’m your photographer we usually walk a fair bit.
  • Leave your purse behind, unless you want it in the photos. (You can be more free and fun without it) I can carry your keys and a few necessities in my camera bag. I don’t like to carry sunglasses so leave those behind or plan on wearing them. We can go back to the car for clothing changes or change when we switch locations.
  • If you want to have your dog in some of the photos, it would be best to have a friend come along to watch him/her while we are taking other shots.

Other Things to Remember:

  • Plan on having a good time. Think of it more like a date, and less of smiling to the camera.
  • The best time for photos is in the evening when the light is soft, and we have the chance of getting a sunset.
  • If there is something you want me to avoid photographing it helps if you let me know. That way I can work with you to keep the scar, tattoo, part in your hair, or whatever you want me to keep out of the pictures out.

September 4, 2009 - 7:39 am Amanda Galloway - As a wedding photographer myself, I have to say this is really informative. Another suggestion I wanted to make is for ladies to NOT to do a trial run of their wedding updo to be used for the engagement shoot. Brides ask me this sometimes and I always think that's a bad idea because they will already have that style on the wedding day and the engagements are "everyday" photos.

September 5, 2010 - 10:42 am Sally - Great tips! :)

May 30, 2012 - 6:06 am Photographer Barrie - I'm doing my first e-session this weekend and was asked this question from the bride, thanks so much for this post!

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