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What should we wear for engagement photos? A guide to nailing your photo session style

You've decided to have engagement photos with your fiance, and you are so excited! But somewhere in the back of your mind is the thought - what are we going to wear?? You want to look amazing, but you don't have anything that looks like all the Pinterest engagement photos you've pinned sitting in your closet. And even if you do have an awesome outfit in mind for yourself, what will he wear to go with it? Well friend, I get these questions all the time, and I'm here to help! Here are a few tips for nailing your engagement photo attire:


Schedule your session enough in advance that you will have time to find outfits that look awesome. You don't want to be scrambling and searching through your closet the night before your session is scheduled.


Engagement photos are a once in a lifetime occasion, so you want them to be memorable and to look your best. Pick out something special, and dress as though you are going on a fancy date, or think of what you would wear to a friend's wedding. Dresses are romantic and look amazing on any woman, and maxi dresses are the most flattering look for engagement photos. Men should dress to match, so you don't look like a million bucks while your fiance wears jeans and a baseball cap (I've seen it happen!!)

If casual is more your thing, plan two separate outfit combinations so you can show off your relaxed and dressed up styles. Most photographers are totally cool with that!

Also, don't forget your ring! That is part of the reason you are celebrating. Get it cleaned or polished before your photos so it looks extra AH-mazing. If you have time, getting a fresh manicure also helps show off your ring!

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Can't decide on the perfect outfit for your engagement photos?
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That's okay! Choose two!
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You can switch up your look halfway through your session


Plan your color palette and the vibe you are going for. You don't want to match, but you definitely DO want to find colors that complement each other. Pinterest is a great resource for finding colors that look amazing together. If you know your wedding colors, you can also work that scheme into your outfits. Solid colors and neutrals always photograph best, but it's okay to add a pop of color and personality into your photos if it reflects your style. Try to avoid wearing anything with stripes or logos on it.

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You don't have to be matchy-matchy, but if you can find colors that go together - great!
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Avoid clothes with patterns or logos and stick with solid colors
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Choose something that accentuates your favorite features


Try on your outfit before the session and make sure you can move around in it, that it is not too low cut, uncomfortable, or revealing. Try sitting down and standing in your outfit, and make sure that everything stays in place. Nothing is more annoying than trying to pull up straps or cover yourself when you should be focusing on having a great time with your fiance during your photos. Avoid anything distracting that will pull your focus away from where it should be.