We are no fashionistas but having shot many engagement sessions, we’ve learned the do’s and dont’s of what to wear to ensure you look your absolute best for your engagement photos. Choosing your outfit can be one of the most stressful parts of the process so we are here to help!
Reflect your personal style
One of our goals for your engagement photos is to capture the essence of who you are not only as a couple but as individuals. This should also be reflected in the clothing you wear. If you do not usually overdress and wear 4 inch heels or a suit and tie, lean more towards an outfit that your loved ones could easily say is “so you!”. Wearing what you are comfortable in will help the photos come out so much better because you’re relaxed and letting the real you shine!
Wear clothing that makes you feel comfortable
Similar to our first tip but more so in regards to the fit and comfort you feel in wearing your outfit. While the outfit you chose may look amazing on the shelf, if you feel it does not fit right on your body and you can’t move authentically, it will absolute reflect in your images. Make sure what you wear fits beautifully and gives you a boost of confidence!
*Extra comfort tip: Ladies, if you want to wear heels, also pack a pair of flats to give your feet a rest. We will most likely be doing a lot of walking during your session!
Sami and Eli are the poster children for comfort and rocking your personal style. A jeans and t-shirt wearing couple, they were not afraid to be themselves for their photos.
More from this session: Sami & Eli, backyard engagement photos
Don’t be matchy-matchy
Stay clear of matching outfits. If one of you is wearing a pattern, the other should wear solid colors. Too many patterns aren’t easy on the eyes. Same goes for matching colors. If one of you is wearing blue, the other should wear a complementary color such as black or white.
Dynel’s solid purple shirt was the perfect complement to Aja’s floral sun dress.
More from this session: Aja & Dynel, Dumbo engagement photos
Don’t be afraid of bold colors
We all tend to gravitate towards black clothing. Let’s be honest, its the easiest thing to wear. While black is great, bright colors are AMAZING for photos. They pop in photos and add such vibrancy to your images.
We could not get over how much Elise’s red dress popped against the greenery of Sandy Hook!
More from this session: Elise & Ben, Sandy Hook engagement photos
Casual & Formal
Because we do 2 hour sessions with our couples, this often allows for an outfit change. If you can’t decide between a casual look or a formal look, why not do both! This will help reflect your personalities by showing your casual weekend wear and your party attire.
Lily and Brian dressed down for the first half of their session at Liberty State Park then changed to evening attire for the shots taken in Jersey City.
More from this session: Lily & Brian, Liberty State Park engagement photos
Show your team pride
The attire for your session does not have to be super serious. We love when clients take the extra step to show who they are as a sports loving couple. Wear that team jersey and be proud!
Javier is a Dolphins fan while Melissa is a Jets fan. They wanted to show their team love with jerseys and t-shirts.
More from this session: Melissa & Javier, Dumbo engagement photos
Plan based on the location
If your engagement photos are to be taken a park, plan for a more casual look with a sundress or jeans. Cocktail attire is perfect for more city like environments. Colors also play a role here- avoid green at a park. You will blend right in with the grass and trees.
Jaclyn and Andrew chose a more casual look for their park engagement photos.
More from this session: Jaclyn & Andrew, Hartshorne Woods engagement photos
Accessorize and colorize for the season
Fall and winter sessions are perfect for accessorizing. Colorful scarves and hats add an extra layer to your look and add more visual interest to your photos.
More from this session: MariElena & Mike, Clove Lake Park engagement photos
Also think of the appropriate colors for the season. Neutrals work all year around but avoid pastels in the fall and autumnal colors in the spring/summer.
Melissa and Kashif were perfection in their autumnal colors.
More from this session: Melissa & Kashif, Natirar Park engagement photos