What to Wear for Your Engagement Session

February 21, 2024

Hey there lovebirds! I’m Bozena, your go-to wedding and portrait photographer. Today, let’s chat about something super exciting – what to wear for your engagement session! Trust me, I know it sounds daunting, but with these simple tips, you’ll be all set for a photo shoot that’s as magical as your love story.

What to Wear for Your Engagement Session, Embrace the Light: Choosing Colors that Shine

Embrace the Light: Choosing Colors that Shine

First things first, colors! Light plays a huge role in your photos. As a photographer, I adore outfits that make your images brighter and softer. Think neutrals – they’re not just safe, they’re photogenic! White is always a win, especially for you, future brides. But hey, don’t be afraid to break the rules with a splash of color. Remember, coordination is key. You don’t have to match, but harmonizing your outfits makes a world of difference.

Avoid the Overwhelming: Bright Colors and Small Stripes

Bright colors and tiny stripes can be tricky. They either add a fun pop or become a distracting element, especially in busy settings. If you’re in a place with lots of white walls, a bright color might just be the zing you need. But in crowded spaces? Stick to lighter or deeper shades for a cleaner look.

Neutral Love: Timeless and Elegant

Neutrals, oh how I love them! Blushes, tans, light pinks, faint blues, creams, grays, and whites – they create a light, romantic feel in your photos. Imagine soft colors blending beautifully with the golden hour glow. Now, that’s picture-perfect!

Color Coordination: It’s All About Balance

Let’s talk coordination. You both don’t need to be twinsies in your outfits, but complementing each other? Absolutely! If one’s in a formal gown, the other should match the vibe. Colors like blue and white, gray and soft blue, or cream and khaki pop wonderfully. And remember, if you’re amidst lots of greens, go for light, neutral colors to avoid color clashes.

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Pops of Color: When Breaking the Rule Works

Sometimes, breaking the color rule works wonders. A pop of color, like a yellow sweater or a blush pocket square, can elevate your look. Just ensure it’s a subtle tone that complements the overall palette. Balance is the secret ingredient here!

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White: A Nod to Your Big Day

Don’t shy away from white. It’s a beautiful way to hint at your upcoming wedding. Soft whites work best for different skin tones. And pro tip: professional makeup does wonders when you’re donning white!

Making It Uniquely Yours

Remember, these photos are all about celebrating your unique love story, so let’s make them scream “you”!

Make It Yours!

At the end of the day, these are just guidelines. Your engagement photos should reflect you as a couple. Be yourselves, and let your love shine through your outfits. For more inspiration, check out my Pinterest board – it’s packed with my favorite engagement outfits!

Be Yourself: Outfits That Reflect Your Personality

First up, wear something that screams “us”! Whether it’s a military, police, or fire uniform, college gear, or anything that holds special meaning, let’s showcase it. It’s not just an outfit; it’s a part of your story.

Variety is the Spice of Life: Bring Two Outfits

Two outfits? Absolutely! It’s all about variety. Start with the less favorite one; by the time you switch to your top pick, you’ll be pros at this! Comfortable, relaxed, and ready to rock those shots.

Dressy or Casual? Why Not Both!

Deciding between dressy and casual? Here’s a thought: go dressy. You might have other photo sessions, but this is your one and only engagement shoot. Make it count! Think black-tie for one outfit and sophisticated casual for the other. Remember, it’s just for a couple of hours, but the memories? Forever.

Dress for the Weather, Add Props for Fun

Dressing for the elements is crucial. Snowy backdrop? Think long dress coats or sweater dresses. And props! They add so much personality. Think light-colored flowers, champagne, blankets, elegant sunglasses… Keep it fun and stylish!

Patterns: Yes; Graphics: No

Some patterns work magic in photos, but avoid overwhelming graphics. We want the focus on your beautiful faces, not distracting clothes. If you’re unsure, I’m just a message away!

Location, Location, Location!

The right location can make your photos shine. Light tones and empty spaces create that airy, dreamy vibe. And those long, flowy skirts? They add a touch of elegance and movement to your photos.

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Professional Hair & Makeup: Look and Feel Fabulous

Go pro with hair and makeup. It’s a stress-buster and confidence-booster. Plus, it’s a great trial run for your wedding day look. And don’t forget a manicure – your ring deserves to sparkle!

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Don’t Forget Your Feet: Practical and Stylish Shoes

Shoes matter! Bring a comfy pair for walking and switch to stylish ones for the shoot. Or find that rare pair that’s both fashionable and practical.

Layer It Up: From Thin to Thick

Layers add depth to your photos. Start with thin fabrics close to your body and add thicker ones on top. Jackets, sweaters, scarves – they all create different looks without a full outfit change.

Flatter Your Features: Dress Confidently

Choose outfits that flatter and make you feel confident. Three-quarter sleeves, the right heel height, clothes that complement your body – when you feel good, you look amazing.

Ready to Capture Your Love?

There you have it – my top tips for nailing your engagement session style. Remember, it’s all about feeling good, looking great, and celebrating your love. Can’t wait to capture these special moments with you! Let’s create some magic together! 📸❤️

Remember, these photos are all about celebrating your unique love story, so let’s make them scream “you”!


Alright guys, it’s your turn! Let’s make sure you’re looking sharp and perfectly coordinated with your fiancée for your engagement session. Here are some tips to help you step up your style game and complement your partner’s look.

The Sophisticated Look: Long Pants and Closed-Toed Shoes

To achieve a sophisticated and masculine look, opt for long pants and closed-toed shoes. Shorts and open-toed shoes might draw unwanted attention to your legs and feet, whereas suit pants, dress pants, or colored pants paired with closed-toed shoes (like brown leather dress shoes) elevate your look.

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Coordinate Colors Like a Pro

When it comes to color coordination, subtlety is key. If your partner picks a color, try a different shade of it, like a tie or pocket square. Or, go for a complementary color that makes both of you pop. Think of it as a team effort where both of you get to shine!

Suit Up or Dress Down with Style

The classic suit never fails, but if that’s not your style, a sharp jacket or your favorite button-up dress shirt works wonders. And don’t forget those worn-in leather boots for a touch of rugged charm.

Matching Formality Levels

Chat with your partner to ensure you’re both on the same page regarding formality. It’s common for one person to prefer dressing up more than the other, so finding a happy medium is essential for your photos.

Layers and Accessories: Add Interest and Personality

Layers are your best friend for adding interest to your photos. Blazers, vests, and coats allow for multiple looks without needing a full outfit change. Don’t overlook accessories like ties, bowties, pocket squares, colored socks, belts, tie clips, suspenders, and watches. These can add a fun twist and help pull in coordinating colors.

Dress to Impress

Aim for a masculine look with well-fitted pants and closed-toe shoes. Ensure you’re well-groomed – a stylish man bun or a neat haircut can make a big difference. A collared button-down shirt is flattering and can be tucked or untucked based on your style and the session’s setting. And depending on the season or location, a jacket or tie can be a great addition.

Ready to Rock Your Engagement Session?

So there you have it, gents! With these tips, you’ll look dashing and perfectly in sync with your partner. Remember, these photos are all about capturing your love and personality, so let’s make them unforgettable. Can’t wait to see you both looking your best! 📸👔💕

What to Wear for Your Engagement Session,


Ready to dive into your engagement session? Awesome! But before we do, let’s talk about a few style no-nos. Avoiding these common pitfalls will ensure your photos look as stunning as your love story!

Engagememt session don'ts navigating the style pittfalls, what not to wear for engagement session

Wrinkles Be Gone!

Wrinkled anything is a no-go. A rumpled dress or a crinkled shirt can really detract from the elegance of your photos. If your chosen outfit creases easily, consider hanging it during the drive and changing at the location.

Say No to Sloppy Jeans

Beware the sloppy jean syndrome – you know, the faded wash, saggy fit, worn knees. These are a big no for your engagement photos. Leave them at home and opt for something that makes you both look put-together.

Footwear Matters

Shoes are important! They don’t have to be heels or dress shoes, but ensure they match the fanciness of your outfit. The right shoes can elevate your look significantly.

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Avoid Loud Prints

While subtle patterns can add texture and depth to your photos, loud prints can be distracting. Rethink that bold, black and white chevron dress and go for something a bit more understated.

Coordinating, Not Matching

Avoid going matchy-matchy. If one of you is in a pattern or a bold color, the other should opt for something more subdued. It’s all about balance and letting each of you shine without overwhelming the photo.

Consider the End Use

Think about how and where you’ll use your engagement pictures. Planning for Save the Dates or wall art? The colors and vibe you choose should align with these end uses. Coordinate colors, but don’t make them identical.

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Great, let’s dive a bit deeper into some other common pitfalls to avoid. Ensuring your engagement session is picture-perfect is all about the details, so here are a few more don’ts to keep in mind:

Don’t Overdo the Accessories

While accessories can add a wonderful touch to your outfits, don’t overdo it. Too many accessories can clutter the photo and detract from the main focus – you and your love. Choose a few meaningful or stylish pieces and keep it at that.

Trendy outfits might look great now, but in a few years, they might not have the same appeal. Opt for classic, timeless pieces that will look just as beautiful when you’re showing these photos to your grandkids.

What to Wear for Your Engagement Session,

Don’t Forget to Dress for Comfort

While it’s important to look good, don’t sacrifice comfort. If you’re uncomfortable, it will show in the photos. Choose outfits that you feel great in and can move around easily, especially if we’re shooting in various locations.

Avoid Neglecting the Fit

Clothes that are too tight or too loose can be unflattering in photos. Ensure your outfits fit well and complement your body type. Tailored clothing always looks sharp and put together.

Don’t Let the Weather Surprise You

Check the weather forecast and plan accordingly. If it’s going to be chilly, bring appropriate outerwear. If it’s going to be hot, choose breathable fabrics. Being prepared for the weather will keep you looking fresh throughout the session.

Avoid Strong, Direct Sunlight

Harsh, direct sunlight can create unflattering shadows and squinting. We’ll aim for times of day when the light is softer, like golden hour, or choose locations with nice, even shade.

Don’t Be Afraid to Be You

Lastly, while it’s great to follow these guidelines, don’t lose sight of who you are as a couple. Your engagement photos should reflect your personality and your love story. Be yourselves, and let’s capture the real, authentic moments.

Ready to Create Some Beautiful Memories?

Now that we’ve covered the don’ts, you’re all set to rock your engagement session with style and confidence. Let’s create some beautiful, timeless memories together! 📸💑

What to Wear for Your Engagement Session,


Everything You Need For A Perfect Shoot

Hey again! It’s Bozena, here to make sure you’re fully prepped for your engagement session. So, let’s talk about what to pack. Having these items on hand will ensure a smooth, stress-free experience and, of course, stunning photos!

Essential Items for your Engagement Session:

Comfortable Walking Shoes: If you’re planning to wear heels, bring along flats or flip-flops for moving between photo spots. Comfort is key!

Second Outfit: Bring along outfit number two, complete with shoes and accessories, for a different look.

Touch-Up Makeup: Handy for quick fixes and keeping your look fresh throughout the session.

Water Bottle: Especially important for warmer sessions to stay hydrated.

Coat or Cover-Up: For those chillier sessions, it’s always good to have something warm.

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Comfort and Confidence are Key

I know, it seems like a lot to consider. But remember, the most important thing is to wear something that makes you feel comfortable and confident. That’s the secret to truly amazing photos.

Make It a Date!

And here’s a fun tip: turn your engagement session into a date! Plan a dinner at a new restaurant you’ve been eager to try, or a lovely brunch if we’re meeting at sunrise. Enjoy every moment of being engaged!

What to Wear for Engagement Session,

Have Fun and Connect

The best tip? Have fun! Get goofy, connect with your partner, and laugh lots. The best pictures are those where you’re truly comfortable. This is also a great way to get to know me, your photographer, before your big day. And guess what? For my couples, I’ve got a wardrobe stylist on call to help you feel and look your absolute best.

So there you have it, my top tips for what to wear for your engagement session. I hope this guide helps you feel more prepared and less stressed. Let’s get your shoot set up and capture some beautiful moments! 📸❤️👗👔

Ready for Your Close-Up?

Excited yet? I can’t wait to capture your love story! If you need more advice or are ready to book your session, reach out to me. Let’s create something beautiful together! 📸💕

Final Thoughts

Remember, these are just guidelines to help you look your absolute best. The most important thing is that you both feel comfortable and confident. Can’t wait to capture your unique love story in a way that’s perfectly “you”! 📸❤️

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