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What to Wear for your Engagement Shoot

One of the most common questions engaged couples ask me is this: What do I wear for my engagement shoot? And it’s an important question! After all, these photos are often used for announcements, save-the-date cards, and even as décor for the wedding ceremony or reception.

Choosing what to wear for your engagement session can often be a challenge. That’s why I’ve put together these tips on choosing outfits for your engagement photos.

Go for neutrals and pastels.

Wearing bright colors can be distracting, and you want the focus on you two no matter what you’re wearing. Light colors like cool tones and neutrals help add to your look as opposed to dominate.

Avoid large patterns and a lot of white

Choose complementary colors and solid prints, with little to no patterns. No one needs to read a your clothing brand or be distracted by patterns in your photos. In addition, wearing all white isn’t completely terrible, but for photography purposes it is a little more difficult. 

Pick looks that reflect your personality.

Most importantly, wear clothes that make you feel like you and that allow you to express your style and personality. Your engagement session should be fun, and you want your outfit choices to reflect who you are, as well as feel comfortable! If you’re going to be walking a lot, be sure to wear comfortable shoes or bring a pair to change in and out of easily.

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Limit the number of outfits.

Your engagement session isn’t a fashion photo shoot, and you don’t want to be rushing to change outfits.  Generally, 1 outfit for the shoot is best, but I suggest a maximum of two outfits if you want different looks.

Wear outfits that reflect the location.

If you are going to the beach, a more casual wardrobe is acceptable. But if you are shooting around a more elegant location, dressing up makes a little more sense. The location and wardrobe play off each other to enhance your images.

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